With a destructive, late spring snowstorm, booked weekends, and rain — the garden is holding its own guite beautifully. Untidy yes, the charm of nature, for sure.
Two trees may have to go. Its unfortunate but both will suffer greatly if Emerald Ash comes knocking. We need the trees to have health and be able to endure what climate change will bring.
In the back growth is wild as well. The birds are inhabiting it differently with the feeders removed due to bird flu. And I am going to add the clandestine seed stash here and there as I see where they flit about, but they are finding things to eat.
This branch fell in late July.
In the side yard we have peaches and roses. This Claire Austin rose is oh so lovely. I am going to give it some extra care until it establishes some strong stems to tie up to the arbor. Today it remains less than a foot tall with lateral branches being the tallest. In year 2, step 1 of pruning climbers is to cut away any growth that is growing away from the structure that cannot be tied back. This will again be my primary concern in late winter, early spring of 2023.
The side yard has always been the star of my late spring show. With its bearded iris, linum, salvia and catmint. The honey bees love it. But it may need to share its space with more than the peach tree.
I am also still debating where I can have solar. The roofing material is proving to be a difficult place to install once the roof has been put in. If I’d known I would have ensured the bracket installation would have been done then.
So onward. What would be great is to have a set that rotate with the sun allowing peak energy supply to coincide with demand. My side yard is southerly facing (210 degrees) and SW is 225 degrees. The latitude of Denver is 39.739 degrees north. Someday the action will align with the words. Someday.