| The Crepe Myrtle is a bit soggy and heavy with rain,|
with more blooms to open.
The plants around its base are Buckwheat, living mulch.
Photo by 29A.
| This is the original view of the yard, with the Ichaboat parked|
in the driveway. The neglected Crepe Myrtle is next to the mailbox.
The maple tree suckers on the left almost squeezed out the
weeds and junk around its base.
The Crepe Myrtle is now so glorious that strangers stop on their walks to grab the blossoms and smell them, to marvel at the density of the flowers. Bees work the flowers and birds are nesting there once again.
This is how God's Creation works together. I did not put much labor into this project, but I do a little all the time, week by week.
- I studied Crepe Myrtles because I had them in Bella Vista and they were not impressive. They had potential, I thought.
- I removed all the branches below, which looked silly at first, but emphasized the bloom that summer. Similar to pour-over coffee, the bloom is crucial.
- Previous years of study showed that the way to feed the plant was simply to put organic matter around the base, to be consumed by red wiggler earthworms that I added, supplemented by all the other soil creatures, included our hard-working mole. You be hatin', he be mixin' the soil.
- New studies showed that the fungus network that feeds, protects, and hydrates plants would be helped by wood products (done), and leaving everything alone (no roto-tilling).
| We see this around town. The bushes still grow and bloom,|
but they do not achieve their real glory,
which was embedded in Creation.