Thursday, March 15, 2012

Sweetheart Bear and Gardening Tips

My over-exposed project of the day.  This is a Lily of the Valley image that came as a freebie in a recent magazine. There was a whole packet of LOTV images and I was so tickled. I love them but don't own any.


Us kids hiked up here today. This is behind the Space Museum. We also hiked up in a valley that was posted no tresspassing so we didn't take any photographic evidence. We'll deny it under pressure.  Maybe.
And for my friends in the blogosphere who don't understand why gardening would result in wounds and thorns, here's an example of the gardening I've been doing.  You take a bush like this:

And you break off all the dead branches so you get a bush like this:
Some of those branches don't go easy.  They refuse to snap, or snap where you least expect it, or snap back and take out some flesh.  They aren't actually thorny but they do have sharp edges. After you "prune" several bushes you get this:
That pile of branches is someone else's problem. The jury is out if they should go through the wood chipper or to the dump.  Creosote has an oily resin and not all these branches are as dead as most dead things. It isn't good for the chipper in large doses, and we have large doses of it. While gardening, you learn to avoid things like this:

Cholla cactus

The Fine Print: It's all good.  Image by Lily of the Valley, border punch by EK Success, papers by DCWV.

2 comments:

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

Yes . . . avoid that last spiky thing at all costs! x

Whimcees said...

Hello!

Wow! A totally different kind of gardening than here in the state of WI! But interesting! :<) Love the little bear! Wishing you a happy weekend!

Hugs,

Barbara Diane