I can't help but shake my head when I see people continuing to use toxic chemicals in their yard.
As I mowed the lawn today with my blessedly quiet reel mower, two houses down a neighbor pushed a more mainstream gas guzzler. (More head shaking)
I went on my merry way, well not so merry since the grass has grown quickly, which means more of a workout for me. Despite that, I still finished before neighbor, who also busted out a leaf blower that I swear was gas powered, too. (Head shaking accompanied by scrunched up nose)
Next I'm pulling crab grass that has pushed past the newspaper and mulch in the garden beds when I see neighbor now spraying his lawn. A large yellow container with a spray wand in hand signals what could only be some vile substance to kill weeds. (All out glare)
We haven't used anything stronger than vinegar in our yard and have been rewarded with a healthy lawn with only a handful of dandelions that just need plucking. Chemical warfare is not needed to combat weeds
Well, nothing calms me better than to look around the garden and see some progress. I can't take the credit, though. These plants have done it all on their own with very little, if any, help from me.
The rhododendron tucked under the bay window is beginning to bloom, well ahead of its peers in the back yard. I haven't learned how to identify rhodies since there are so many of them. We have four on our lot, typical in Washington, where the Coast Rhododendron is the state flower.
The Pearl Bush is blooming, drawing fat bees to it's sweet little flower clusters. I bought this plant the year we were married, completely swayed by its name, "Bride" Pearl Bush.
The hostas are also opening, and I'm pleased to see that the slugs have not yet attacked them. This could be an added bonus of the chip mulch. It may be too rough on their slimy undersides.
OK, my question of the day: Does anyone know if this is strictly ornamental kale? I think it should be since it's large leaves are on the rubbery side.