Sassy and I enjoyed our morning walk. She does not let me wait past 7 AM, when we often see her pal on the corner and his cat Puss-Puss. Sassy is now best friends with PP and today forged a non-aggression pact with Roach, our helper's cat. They touch noses now instead of Sassy barking loudly and getting hisses. Sassy finally realized that her friendly, loud barks do not work well with cats.
However, our helper's wife loves those loud barks and encourages them with a big smile. That sets off Sassy in a series of loud, happy barks.
I admired the new buds on the Crepe Myrtle bush. All the Crepe Myrtles are gone seed in our neighborhood. I still had lots of color because the flowers were so big, but they were halfway into seed and ready for pruning. If all goes well. we will have a complete set of blooms again. Neighbors notice and ask about it. Crepe Myrtles can be treated as drought-tolerant weeds, but with a little tending, they are outrageously colorful.
For the Crepe Myrtle, I do these things:
- Place red wiggler earthworms at the base from time to time, though once is enough.
- Look for extra mulch (shredded wood, grass, leaves) all summer and lots for winter.
- Water when the maple tree roses are watered.
- Prune the first bloom off completely and keep the lower part bare for that Lyle Lovett look. The constant pruning below and the annual above spurs growth.
|Beautyberries - new to me -|
thanks to our neighboring nursery - Almost Eden.
| Yesterday a truck took the curve too fast and wiped out,|
next door to Almost Eden, easily heard from our house 1/2 block away.
No blueberry bushes or beautyberries were harmed.