Plugging Away, Day by Day


Yellow ‘Big Box Store’ Canna in bloom.

Anne Lamott wrote a book called Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life. In it she recounts the story of her brother who is down to the wire for writing a school report on birds.  The brother is overwhelmed so his father advises him to take it “bird by bird.”  I think this is great advice, and I try to use it whenever it applies.

Right now, it applies to the garden.

I’ve been plugging away at pulling weeds globally (ha-ha), mulching pathways, and mulching existing beds after pulling weeds.  While this doesn’t make for exciting blog fodder, it’s a necessary part of gardening.  When I think about all of the beds, paths, and weeds that need attention, I feel I’ll never finish, so instead of feeling overwhelmed like Anne Lamott’s brother, I concentrate on one area at a time.

By the way, I think I should get extra brownie points for weeding with a 60 lb dog who keeps flopping into my lap or on top of the area I’m weeding.


New planting bed. Already it needs weeding and additional mulch. Three yarrow in the foreground.



The other side of the same bed. Baby Joe Pye Weed (in the foreground) says “hi!”

I just finished mulching one of two old plant beds.  I wasn’t quite finished with the area when I took the photo below.


Red Husker Penstemon blooming for the first time.  The blooms look white to me.  They’re supposed to be pink, even though the name is ‘red husker’.  Figure that one out for me, please. ~Grin.~

Sadly, all five of my Andropogon gerardii ‘red October’ (Big bluestem) died.  These were to be the anchor plants of my new planting area so I’m big-time disappointed.  I think (don’t know for certain) they were given too much water and then it rained, which only made matters worse.

I REALLY want this grass. I think it’s beautiful. What to do?

I ordered ‘red October’ seeds because I can’t buy this grass locally and shipping for five good-size plants isn’t cheap. I’ve got my fingers crossed the seeds will germinate. (Planted them two days ago.)  I actually used my own soil which is fast-draining in the planting pots so the seedlings will have less transplant shock when I put them in the ground or at least that’s the hope.

The following are just fun photos I took this week.


Hydrangea in bloom.  It has other unopened green buds.


Dollar Store garden gloves.  I think they make cool fence decorations.  Of course, they won’t last forever in the elements.


Little nest and egg that blew down in the wind.

I hope your garden is happy and healthy!  Bye for now.


6 thoughts on “Plugging Away, Day by Day

  1. Your garden is really coming along. Love the bright pink hidrangea. We only have wimpy pale pink ones. Doing things bit by bit is a great way to work. Before you know it you will be nearly finished. Beautiful birds nest with such a blue egg. What kind of bird is responsible?

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    1. Thank you for your positive feedback. I’m still pulling weeds in another area, but it’s getting done. The nest may belong to a robin, but I’m not absolutely certain.

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    1. Well, I’m taking your suggestion to heart. I watered the five spots where the grasses are planted. I have my fingers crossed!


  2. I love your backyard… it does look like you have a lot to do, but a little at a time. I always think of that saying, “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” All the small things we do eventually add up and suddenly one day you realize have a gorgeous yard, thanks to all that hard work! I’d love to help you pull weeds, as I actually enjoy weeding… It took me 5 years to get my northern yard looking good, and then I had to move… HA!
    I’ll have to follow your link to see that grass you speak of.

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    1. Oh, I wish you could come and pull weeds too! I realized two days ago that the area behind the shed is filled with tall weeds that are climbing onto the shed. As soon as it stops raining (and it’s been raining for something like 5 days now which is somewhat unusual for this time of year), I will get back there and attack the weeds. I can relate to the moving from a garden you love. I loved my 15 y/o garden at my old house, but the house was far too big for me and my job was overwhelming, so it was time for a GOOD change.

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