Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Susan and Toe

Last year was THE year for planting. Our yard was very much hard pack red clay soil, bind weed, kocia weed and grasshoppers.

Can you say Deliverance?

A neighbor had a tree taken out... she had mulch coming out her ears and had the tree guys dump a truck load of mulch in our driveway.

A friend sent me an e-mail about her perennial garden needing to be thinned. I brought home a zillion garbage bags full of dirt and plants. Literally a zillion. I counted. 1.... 2..... 3..... 4.....

I worked like a crazy person with buggy eyes, a slick sheen of sweat on my skin, ropey veins pulsing in time to every shovel full o' dirt I dug in order to get everything in the ground and mulch all around.

Now it looks pretty nice at our little place. Things other than weeds are growing and I don't have to worry so much about learning to play the banjo. Fine instrument that it is.

One area I planted Black Eyed Susans... the Susans did not appear this spring. I was disappointed but kept watch.

Lo and behold... ONE scraggly, very sick looking Black Eyed Susan emerged. It developed a bud and was trying it's hardest to blossom.

I pointed it out to Furry Husband. Just then Toe, our dog, came into the picture. He promptly squatted over the single, struggling Susan and pooped squarely on top of it.

Furry Husband burst into gales of laughter.

I dug up the poor, valiant, albiet stinky, Susan and moved it to another spot.

Let's hope Toe isn't drawn to it's new home to lay waste.... fingers crossed my little forlorn looking Black Eyed Susan is much happier in her new home.

5 comments:

~Tonia said...

ROFL!!! I am sorry but thats was funny.. Black Eyed Susans grow wild here but its hard to get them to grow in a flower garden.. Or at least I have yet to figure it out.

mommyrides said...

Okay, I'm sorry Shanster but that was FUNNY!!!! "

I pointed it out to Furry Husband. Just then Toe, our dog, came into the picture. He promptly squatted over the single, struggling Susan and pooped squarely on top of it.

Furry Husband burst into gales of laughter."


I can't believe you moved the flower!!! At that point I think I would have just shrugged and walked away. Mother nature letting you know how things should be......

Dedene said...

Oh ho! Good old Toe, he knows just where it hurts.
You'll have to post some pictures of your new improved garden.

Shanster said...

Tonia - that is cuz you live where there is GREEN and humidity and water! grin. We are dry and dusty and brown here in CO. I'd say you are lucky but the frizz I get in my hair when it's humid prevents me from doing so...

mommyrides - I know. I shoulda walked away but I'm stubborn like that!

Dedene - yeah, what's up with that? All the food and love he gets from me and he poops on my flowers? grin

Heather said...

haha! Charley loves to poop on things too! He backs into bushes, poops on tree trunks, plants, fences. He just backs up to whatever is sticking up closest and goes to town. Not at home though, at home he is a normal dog. :)