1. Today is my dad’s 65th birthday, thus securing his spot as the longest lived Phillips man in three generations, maybe four, if you want to get the nephews in on the coversation.
My mom bought him a coffee maker.
My dad, however, does not drink coffee. This is very much in the vein of stuff my mom does and, on the one hand, I certainly can’t blame her for getting my dad shit he doesn’t want or need, because he’s one of those people who doesn’t really want much and will get what he needs when he knows he needs it. On the other hand, I worry the only way we’re going to know when or if my mom starts to go senile will be if she starts buying gifts that make sense.
2. The biggest problem area in our yard continues to be a big problem and, with all the rain, it’s basically turned into a giant, muddy mess. As you may recall, it was impossible for us to do much gardening in the beds over there all summer because you couldn’t keep it weeded because it was too wet and muddy to get over there 90% of the time.
So, this fall, we just mowed it all down. But there definitely are some cool plants over there. A huge bunch of lilies and some irises and, since Christmas, the tiny, struggling Christmas tree, which has turned somewhat brown, but refuses to die all together.
This is not enough to really curb the problem. And, when it gets so wet over there, water rolls across the driveway, into the side yard here, and then on into the front yard, making a vast, inland sea.
We can’t really let it go back to grass because it’s always so wet that you can’t get a mower into it.
Now, we could lay bets that we might go back to drought conditions soon enough and it could go back to grass.
But that would mean moving the lilies and the irises.
And what if we’re wrong?
So, I’m wondering if there are some plants, maybe even some ornamental grasses, that we could put in that part of the yard that would soak up some of the water and then, in the fall, when it gets too weedy (or full of my friend and yours privet saplings), and when it’s fairly dry, we could mow it all down and let it come back in the spring?
I found this mix, and the description of where you would use this sounds exactly like my circumstances.
“Low moist areas that tend to stay damp throughout the growing season” Check
“Periodic flooding for a day or two, as well as dry periods between rainstorms” Check
“Medium soils such as loam, sandy loam and clay loam” Check.
It’s as if they came to my yard, looked at my biggest problem spot, and wrote me up a description of how to solve it.
But $70? That’s practically my whole garden budget for the year! And I don’t need a thousand square feet, I don’t think.
Plus, a lot of the stuff that they have in their mix, I already have in the other big bed. But that stuff is all entering its second year, which means, I haven’t even seen it bloom yet. So, I wouldn’t, I don’t think, want to dig up and transplant anything.
But I also know I didn’t spend $70 in seed for that bed.
So, here is my question, internet, aside from just your overall thoughts on the problem, no matter what I do over there, what do I do about the problem of weeding? Last summer, it was only not muddy over there maybe six weekends. And I’m talking mud that makes pigs happy mud, not just “oh, I got a little dirty.”
Do you just succumb to the fact that there will be weeds? Is that the point of mixing everything together like they do in this mix, so weeds don’t stand out?
The Butcher thinks we should plant cattails, but I feel like that’s giving up and admitting half our yard is a bog.