Neighbors, gardening, and craziness

So all the neighbors stop by now.  They’re paying attention because they can see the changes around the house.  The woman across the street who must be 70 if she is a day, gave me clematis and caraway.  I am thrilled.  But she also dropped of the extra of fresh cut rhubarb and asparagus.  I don’t know how to thank her properly as she seems to have everything, including a really oversized duplex.

I am still working on the plumbing for the garden – a watering scheme that requires few hose moves and allows me to turn on the water and leave it for an hour or so and then turn it off.  Bought more hose but the connectors are a pain to find – not in stock and not in stock.  It’s been weeks now and getting worrisome that I’ll have to problem solve in a different direction for the watering while we’re out of town.  I don’t want the cat/plant/garden/house sitter to have TOO much work.

So about the “crazy” french lady up the street.  She stopped by the other night and MSO was outside.  He got lectured that we’d better have vegetables in those beds and we should be putting in sour cherry trees, etc. etc.  He didn’t remember her whole list.  Personally, I thought it funny that the neighborhood would put in personal requests for what they want us to grow.  But then I thought about it, she’s around 80 and is past the time that she’s starting her own garden but she has years of experience, so not so crazy afterall.

MSO has requested grapes – doable and chestnuts- a bit more difficult to fit in the yard but probably will happen in the next couple of years.  I’m back to desperately wanting a cob oven on the patio.  Don’t know how to broach the subject with MSO as it’s kind of a permanent structure etc. etc. but would look really nice out there.


~ by mud on May 24, 2008.

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