“Brick Circles”

by ESP on March 3, 2013

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A fresh delivery of decomposed granite was greeted in the usual way in the Patch.

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She ran out to watch the delivery,

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eager to set up camp on the summit of the new mountain with her dog,

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who had his now customary conniption faced with the paw-sinking pile.

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Any opportunity to wield a large metallic implement.

Myself on the other hand, after having already moved two dump-trucks full of the stuff this past week,

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I just glazed over, stared up at the peak, and pulled this sort of pained expression:

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Still, this was a relatively small pile and we made haste to the delight of Lord Kumo who has a new-found fondness for getting chauffeured around in a wheelbarrow.

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In fact it is so hard to keep him out of it it is annoying. I half expect him to gesture a royal paw as he trundles down the pathways in his one-wheeled vehicle. He already has on the white gloves after all.

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The granite was being used to back-fill this brick circle I laid out a couple of weeks back.

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Now to go around, level some of the bricks and wait for the granite to cure,

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and the stock tank full of cattails to grow, which they will, very quickly.

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Moving along:

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The growth on this post oak leaf looks very H.R Geiger.

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Who knows what lurks inside these aquatic looking vessels?

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Of course this could be just a load of old galls?

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Lots of early butterflies emerging this week, these two giant swallowtails floated around in synchronization before landing on this Buddha’s belly bamboo.

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Even though it was a poor blooming year for this mountain laurel tree, my copper canyon daisies have looked like this all through the winter. I cannot remember them ever blooming so long and so consistently.

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Daffodils are also out,

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and, to the delight of the cardinals, I even have some bunches of ripe loquats.

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My daughter thinks these emerging datura structures make ideal fairy houses,

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if she plays around with this plant she may actually start to see fairies.

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Oleander paratroopers disembarking their vessels.

One of them must have got blown off track…

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punching a hole in the roof of my shed as he landed.

Finally:

“The Curse of the Japanese Yew”

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“Why Yew little…”

I officially give up.

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Eight plants, multiple locations and vendors, all start off looking well, some living well over a year…then the inevitable:

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Aw come on!

I have seen Japanese Yews growing around Austin, but not for me for some reason. As much as I want them to work as a shade shrub this always happens. These particular two are in fertile soil with a soaker-hose, yes a soaker-hose, the only additional irrigation I have in the Patch apart from my “everything but the kitchen sink” collection “system”(Oh yes I pulled out all the stops to make these plants work!).

Am I the only one that is hexed with this shrub?

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“Mumble…mumble…yews…Japanese…mumble, (some hissing and unfortunate drooling)…Patch, (head flies back…wild laughter).

 Brrr, on that cursed note I will leave you with this:

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I bet that tiki torch adds a nice atmospheric touch at night.

Not that I am one to talk with my wind-chimes:

Stay Tuned for:

“Posh with a Capitol P!”

 

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