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Show no Mercy

Relentless is what I am when it comes to weeds. There are hundreds and thousands of them up on the hill and all through the terraced beds. The winter wind and rains whipped them down and planted them deep into the clay soil. Once it dries, it’s like digging in rock. There isn’t a weed that is safe around me. I show no mercy when I see one. So far I have filled the entire green waste can to the top three times and made a huge stack next to it. Once it’s emptied, I fill it back up again. My last husband thought I had a vendetta against weeds. The weeds were quiet.  I liked that about them.

Then comes the real trick. What to plant to crowd out the possible weeds that want to grow back in that empty space? You know the phrase, nature abhors a vacuum.

I am growing arm muscles now and stretching leg muscles as I attack those wily beasts.

During the last hard rain we had, I saw a neighbor out with her umbrella over her head, mud boots on her feet, looking down at her yard. Once I was back inside, I shot off a text asking what she was doing out there. Was she playing in the rain? No, came her reply. “I’m trying to intimidate my weeds.” I’m still laughing. She must be doing a good job of it because there are no weeds in her yard. At 76, with macular degeneration, profound hearing loss and her new cane for the blind, she is determined to keep up her yard. It’s beautiful, front and back. This lady lifts boulders to place around her plants. She shows no mercy to her weeds either.

For many of us, this kind of yard work is meditative. I can do it for hours unless the sun is being relentless as well. Covered from head to toe for protection from the sun, I can sit in the dirt and play quietly with deep contentment for hours. I need no music. Nature provides that. The birds supply my conversation and all my cares find themselves in that little red bucket with the weeds.

My 5 gallon red bucket gets stuffed then emptied

My 5 gallon red bucket gets stuffed then emptied

They have done their job for the winter months, holding the soil to keep it where it needs to be. Now I will do mine and mercifully plant something without stickers in their place.

Made from the wood of the old deck. Nothing going to waste. Shoveled 2 1/2 yards of good soil but didn't need it all.

Made from the wood of the old deck. Nothing going to waste. Old gate for the snap peas to grow on. Shoveled 2 1/2 yards of good soil but didn’t need it all.

There are many kinds of weeds in life. Relationships that no longer serve, old crafts that no longer call to you, even clutter is like a weed that needs to be culled to make room for something new and better. If you don’t replace it with something better, more clutter continues to grow.

Where in life are you relentless? What are the weeds in your life?

From my heart to yours,

Marlene Herself

 

 

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  1. Your garden looks fabulous, Marlene. I’m loving those purple flowers! I’ve been doing a lot of de-weeding lately. Have a great holiday weekend!

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    • The bees are crazy about those purple flowers. There are hundreds of bees on them. Thanks for the visit. I have so many more weeds to play with. 🙂 Enjoy your holiday weekend too.

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  2. Holly said:

    I miss gardening, it’s so cathartic to pull weeds and nice to see things grow that you put there. Great pictures!

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    • Thanks, Holly. I missed it for years till I moved here. I’m very happy to have a play pen again. 🙂 My happiest days are when I come in looking like pig pen covered in dirt. 🙂 Appreciate the visit.

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  3. Your garden is just lovely! Weeds…I have to keep after them on a daily basis!

    Linda

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    • Love their tenacity, don’t you. It’s getting to where I want it but time will tell if I make it happen. I will catch up on my reading soon. The weed counts is down a bit lower now. 😉

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  4. Your garden looks so beautiful! I did a huge amount of edging and weeding this morning – I didn’t even make a dent, though…I agree that it’s wonderful just to be out there in the quiet, working contentedly.

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    • Thanks for stopping by Sheryl. I haven’t made a dent either but Love being out there. I don’t have an edger as I have no grass. Yay! I’m trying to make the yard as low maintenance as possible. I’m too old for lawn mowing. 🙂

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  5. Great post! I’ve been doing much spiritual weeding lately, removing what no longer suits my life, planting seeds for future growth and beauty. Thanks for sharing

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    • I find I can do more spiritual weeding in the garden than anywhere else. It’s a very meditative experience for me. I would out everything while I weed and plant and water. Great metaphors. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.

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  6. Carol Ferenc said:

    I’ve never been a gardener but I so admire those who do garden. This spring I stepped out of my comfort zone and planted a little hosta garden with a rock border. Then I edged it with some impatiens. So far everything is surviving ~ I’m amazed! Have a wonderful weekend, Marlene.

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    • Thanks for stopping by Carol. I just put in a couple of hostas and love them. Hope they do well. They are in the shade and I need more to keep the weeds from starting. I’m not really a gardener, I just like playing in the dirt. 🙂 Have a wonderfilled Memorial weekend too.

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  7. The garden is my refuge too Marlene.
    Poor weeds … 😉
    Have a great weekend!

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    • I thank the weeds for doing their job and send them on to be compost in their next life. They understand. 🙂 My weekend will be spent out in the yard mostly or with my kids. It’s a good weekend all the way around. Hope you have a good one too and enjoy your refuge too. 🙂

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  8. Beautiful Marlene! Love the way your raised beds turned out! I loved seeing all the bees buzzing around your pink-purplish ground cover out front. All that hard work is showing. Just be sure to take time to sit outside and enjoy all the beauty you’ve created! Hugs from here to there! 😀

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  9. How beautiful your landscaping looks, Marlene. I don’t know how you have the patience for all of that weed pulling -I don’t! I can’t help but notice how much space you have around your home. I am really impressed. Weeds in my life …..not many these days. I just don’t have patience for them either!

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    • Thanks, Jan. I love weeding. No one bothers me when I’m out there and I get to see things start to take shape. I don’t own any of the land, I just get to take care of it. Like I said, it’s meditative. As a Virgo, I’m connected to the land at a soul level. It helps me breathe. If I don’t have dirt under my nails or on my knees, I feel like I haven’t done anything. I still have a few weeds in life too. Working though those out there on the hill. 🙂 Hugs and thanks for coming by.

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  10. We don’t own our land either but our space seems much smaller than yours. For us its good-a little gardening goes a long way! Hugs back at you!

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  11. I can lose time very easily when I get into the garden – it is the best place to just be, isn’t it. I pull weeds, but I don’t pull them all if they are really wild flowers in disguise, or if they are trying to help with my soil health………. It just depends. There’s no gardening for me currently however so I can sit back and admire the wonders my northern friends are creating and gather inspiration for next spring 🙂 Your garden is looking so lovely and I love how you have reused the old gate and the old decking – Enjoy!!

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    • Good to see you, Pauline. Yes, I can lose a lot of time there too. I have been very careful to leave any native plants hiding in the frey of sticker bushes. When my sister comes with her little Lucille, I worry about the stickers in her ears and between her toes. They get recycled too. the green waste goes back to make compost for our city gardens. I make a bit of my own but not with the weeds. I can’t get it hot enough to kill the seeds and spread more. You were the first one to notice the old gate being used for the peas. I was looking for a way to make use of it. We will build another smaller, planter box shortly with more left over wood and I’m using some for terracing the hill a bit more to make easier walking and defined areas. Wish I didn’t wear out so fast. You are going into winter so your gardens are going more dormant now. I love winter when I have inside stuff to do. I have a shelf to paint when it warms up a bit to hang the bedroom dangler from. Maybe today. It’s been cold and wet with the heat coming June 1. I’ve replaced much of the chick weed with ground cover that will spread and make the bees happy. The purple flowered stuff in front has hundreds of bees on it. Big fat bumble bees. I’ve got some butterfly bush starts going in the kitchen that when the roots are sufficient, I will plant them in the new, yet to be built planter. 🙂 All this work keeps me off the streets and out of bars. 🙂 Giant hugs.

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  12. Looks wonderful Marlene! What a lovely garden you have!

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  13. A weed is a plant in the wrong place. Which is a comforting statement now that I can no longer bend or kneel or dig. I don’t like bare earth in a garden, and our gravel drive has a green fuzz all over it, except where the car squishes them. So we have a few pots of flowers and some wild marguerites round the perimeter fence (weeds). But I do miss having a proper garden.

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    • I agree. All “weeds” serve a purpose. I’m happy to let them exist in the forest but want something a bit more tame where I walk around. Anything with stickers to it or vines that choke out what I want growing has to go. My job is to get the landscape maintenance free in the next couple of summers so when I can no longer do this kind of work, (and it’s fast approaching) it will pretty much take care of itself and keep the HOA off my doorstep. They have higher standards than I do but I like living here and can afford it so I must find ways to appease them . 🙂 I had some Marguerite’s here but the flowers smelled really bad when they bloomed. I put in a smoke bush in their place. My son put the posts up along the makeshift steps on the hill so I can get up there. I’m also trying to get more level ground going as I tend toward tippyness. 🙂

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    • Thanks for the visit Viv. I hit send too soon. Have a wonderfilled weekend.

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  14. I love weeding too and agree that when you create a space you need to fill it. My favourite is grass and bindweed roots so satisfying and they will be back next year as I don’t like to put nasties on them. Where I go really wrong is in allowing them to stay whilst in flower then you have to rush out and get them before they seed! Enjoy this weekend’s gardening!

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    • I should be out there now as it’s quite cool but am feeling a bit lazy this morning. Still having some eye pain and waiting for the pain reliever to kick in. My front yard where the little dogwood was just planted has wonderful ground cover taking over where grass used to be. I refuse to mow so no grass. All I have can be walked on. Have a wonderfilled weekend too and thanks for stopping by.

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  15. Marlene, I’m with you on the therapeutic benefits of pulling weeds. It’s back-breaking work, and for me sometimes migraine inducing if I don’t watch the position of my neck, but none of that slows me down for long. Like you, I’m relentless. I think you have a lot more territory to cover than I do, so my hat is off to you. And like you, when the sun beats down, I hide indoors. I just can’t take it.

    Your garden is gorgeous. I love the shades of purple, the gorgeous flowers, the trees and the stone circle. It’s nice to see your former fence and trellis hard at work in the garden. What a spacious planting bed, too. I’ve lost track of your projects as there have been many, but it seems to me you must have the pretties house in Sleepy Hollow: new decks, front and back, fresh paint, new fencing, a gate, planting beds, newly planted trees, mulching. Marlene, you are amazing.

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    • I wish I could take all the credit but you would know better. 🙂 Without the kid here to help, I’d have very little accomplished. I’m just delighted that everything that had not been painted in 10 years, is finally protected. All the fascia boards and skirting were just left raw to rot. At least I got them in time. I don’t like to throw things away so for now the gate is a trellis. 🙂 The kid is going to build another, smaller planter since we ordered more dirt than necessary and have more wood left over. I like how it’s all coming together. The railing is up all around the new and improved back deck. He forgot you need spindles down the handrails but that won’t take long. I planted the Love in the Mist last night in the ring of memories. I’ll go water them again in a few moments. I’ve been pulling my neighbors weeds up on the hill too. If I don’t, they grow under my fence and then they are harder to get. I only take what has stickers or fox tails attached. My sister’s dog goes walking through and brings it all back in her coat. I wish I could afford to fence it in up there but that just won’t happen. It’s all just a giant experiment and so much fun. I’ve done a lot of weeding from the green chair to save the back and neck. Still a lot of tidying up to do, inside and out. Clutter drives me crazy and I’m living with a clutter bug. There is more weeding to do inside. :)) Thanks for all the encouragement. Giant squishy hugs.

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      • I can so relate to all of this, Marlene. I too have pulled neighboring weeds from the neighbors yards and also have to cut back ivy that grows through the fence. As you know, it can be quite invasive.

        It would be most challenging for me, too, to live with a clutter bug. That’s a tough one.

        I’m happy to hear your got all the wood painted. Left to the elements, wood rots quickly, or insects take up residence and do more damage. We’re prone to termites in the Bay Area as well, so untreated wood feels like a written invitation.

        I’m so happy to hear that you’ve planted love in a mist. Mine took over the garden this year, but it looks like it will be dying back soon. Giant squishy hugs to you, too, Marlene.

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      • Weeds are not everyone’s thing so if I want them gone, gotta do the work myself.I was out at 5:30 this morning getting a deep soaking going for our 90 degree day. There was untreated wood used in the support beams of the old deck. Had my sister in law not set it on fire, I would not have know that the whole thing was rotting away down there. Now it’s all well cared for and should last through many owners to come. It’s starting to feel nice out there now that I’ve picked up all the little pieces of wood and put them in a bucket and done a bit of clean up. Can’t expect the kid to do everything. 🙂 Have a wonderfilled weekend.

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      • Marlene, I love your positive attitude. That fire revealed a bigger issue and now you’ve found and fixed it. Bravo!

        I need to get up early to garden, and should be able to do that starting next week now that my son is out of school. This heat promises to go on for several more days. Ugh!

        With your June 1st deadline here, are you happy with the results? It sounds wonderful from here.

        Hugs

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      • We have new managers so not sure when the inspections will start. This weekend is the neighborhood yard sale. The kid started emptying the storage unit into our driveway. 6 loads in the suburban including his sofa and full sized mattress and lots of heavy tools. I have a lot out there as well. With the heat in the triple digits this weekend, I’m not sure what will sell but we are finally off to a good start. I’m sure the little work that needs to be finished before inspections start will be done while T.S. ex is visiting in the next week. She is a worker bee too. Skirting is painted, just needs to be placed round the bottom of the deck, stiles in the handrails of the stairs are painted and ready and wood cut for a second smaller planter to use up leftover dirt I ordered. They said 4 yards, I ordered 2 1/2 and had more than necessary. Can’t let it go to waste. We had RAIN this morning and cool. The calm before the storm. 🙂

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      • Wait a minute? You mean *everyone* doesn’t want to pull weeds? 😉

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      • I couldn’t get a whole lot of people to help pull weeds! We are just unique that way. :)) It must be our calling.

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  16. I like the contemplative tone of this post–and the idea that weeds take many forms in our lives. I hadn’t thought of things that way but I think you’re right! As to “real” weeds, I like pulling them, too, but sometimes I can’t tell weeds from the good stuff!

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    • You were the only one that seemed to notice the metaphoric use of weeds. Anything that doesn’t bring you joy, is a weed. I let go of two husbands and released a lot of hobbies and friends that no longer sustained life in me. Like you, those weeds were harder to discern. Thanks for stopping by and reading. It’s appreciated.

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  17. Love the fact you are gaining great arm muscles and stretching those leg muscles too.. Know all about those legs this past week.. Haha…
    You know Marlene.. I have been having my own conversations with the weeds in the allotments this week.. Apologising to them for having to dig them out.. But knowing they have left plenty of seeds for their offspring to flourish in a few short days ..

    Loved your post and the double meaning to weeding out that which is no longer needed in our lives.. Great Metaphors to live and garden by.. 🙂

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    • Thank you , Sue. Life is like that. We have to keep weeding through it to cull out what no longer works for us. All my weeds go on to another life as compost for the city gardens. There job here is done. Mine just beginning. Their compost maker is hot enough to kill the seeds. Nothing goes to waste here. I do need more indoor time but that will have to wait. Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful week ahead.

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  18. Your garden and beds are lovely! I wish I had the required hand and back strength because I also love to weed, even like to look at some of their tiny blossoms (if they are around that long and, ahem, many are). I sure love being outside. It is therapy. I can relate to your comments very much.

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    • Thanks so much, Karenlee. I’m winging it here as I know very little about gardening. All weeds can be pretty and have a job to do but my HOA doesn’t allow them so I work hard to keep being allowed to pay the rent on my space. I’m glad you enjoy being outdoors as well. I’m always happiest playing in the dirt. I’m lucky enough to still be able to do it. Hate to see what happens when I can’t. Thanks for stopping by.

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      • I also like what you said about building muscle tone from gardening. It is healthy in many ways. Our home site sits on two acres–that’s a lot of weeds–so I am grateful for the help keeping up this place. Great weather in the PNW this weekend. 🙂

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      • Yes, we are having great weather. Tues brings the dreaded heat for a week then we will appreciate what comes next. 🙂 Two acres is a lot of weeds. Good thing you have help. I’m past the age where I can manage that much land. This little bit is a lot more than I expected. But I live to play in the dirt. There is so much clarity that comes from being out there. I haul the recycle bin to the top of the hill empty and drag it back down full. I shovel and hoe and rake along with the weeding. My son goes to the gym. We both end up sore, but I have pretty plants to look at after. 🙂

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      • I agree, Marlene. I think as long as we are moving we are heading in the right and healthy direction. Just hiked Riverside trail today, about 6 miles total. Sore feet, but it is one of my favorites. 🙂

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  19. Your garden is lovely, Marlene. I was able to partially plant my new community garden spot yesterday. Hands in the dirt is very therapeutic, good for body and soul.

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    • Thanks for stopping by, Missy. What did you plant in your garden plot. I agree that hands in dirt is very therapeutic. When they are in the dirt, they aren’t stuffing food in the mouth. 🙂 I’m so grateful to finally have a non-toxic spot to plant food.

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      • I’m using a new system for planting – square foot gardening. It’s pretty fascinating. So far, I have kale, cukes, tomatoes, chives, eggplant, lettuce, radishes, carrots and zucchini. I’ve got to get on the ball and get the beets and basil, and, naturally, flowers for the pretty-factor!

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      • I’m good with all of that except the eggplant. Never could get ready for it. Square foot planting? Sounds interesting. 🙂

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  20. Yep, Google it. There’s heaps of info.

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  21. Marlene, this is a marvelous post. I loved reading your tenacity and determination in going after those weeks, about the strength in your arms, and the contentment in your heart.
    I also love your analogy about life’s weeds and replacing them with something better. I’ll be pondering that one for awhile.

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    • I’m glad you saw the analogy. Most miss it. We can gain a lot of strength from pulling weeds in life. Thanks so much for stopping by. I’m still trying to catch up as well. Have a wonderfilled weekend Laurie. 🙂

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  22. Wonderful to see you out and about in your garden Marlene! Meditative is right…the best there is. Just being out there with the green and the growing and the fresh air and the birds…wonderfully theraputic. I laughed out loud at your conversation with your neighbour. How wonderful! My mother, recovering from her stroke in March at 80 is back to her gardening, stopping when tired, but how she loves it and I am so glad for her 🙂 I am pulling weeds everytime I go out in my garden, trying to keep on top of them. They seem more prolific than ever this year. And you are right, a cull of all that dross is important…filling the space left behind with what is most important. Lovely to see you again Marlene, have a beautiful weekend 🙂 xo

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    • Thanks for stopping by Sherri. I hope I’m still out there at 80. I’m glad your mother is recovering from her stroke. That’s a big concern for me too. My neighbor is a delight. She tickles me. Hope the memoir is going well. I have Lisa’s page open to work on as soon as possible. I’m so ready to work on one. Even if it’s just for my family. Have a wonderful weekend. Hugs.

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      • I’m sure you will be Marlene…and thank you about my mum. That’s wonderful that you are going to write your memoir…I’ll be posting soon about the workshop and will be writing about memoir with links to other posts as soon as I can. It’s so good to be able to share what we learn along the way. It was a lovely weekend, thank you, and hope you are having a lovely week too. Great to be in touch…big hugs back my friend 🙂 xo

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  23. Lovely post Marlene. I like to think that I am “relentless” in any task I undertake – determined to concentrate on it with my undivided attention; to do it well; to finish it properly and to be there throughout. This is the practice of life – mindful intention and attention :). Steph x

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    • I’m that way with many things in life. i do notice a few areas that need more concentration and when I see it not there, I walk away for awhile as it will not turn out well if I continue. Then come back to it later when I am better able to give it my full attention. It’s interesting to see where we are NOT mindful in life nor relentless. Thanks you for your input on what appears to most eyes as a common weed problem. 😉 Appreciate you taking the time to visit.

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      • great point Marlene re noticing those areas where our mindfulness is less than attentive pkus your practice of going away and coming back when full attention not there is very skilful. Steph xx

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  24. Oh…it looks so lovely, Marlene!! I just love that you garden. I used to plant annuals every year…I loved the color and beauty…but then I got up north later and later. Two years I also had a small vegetable garden and how I loved picking and eating the wares of our labor! So now…I don’t really have a place that I can “garden” as I live most of the year in a condo. Well, this year, the landscaper finally planted flowers that were co.patible with the area near my condo…and I watched as the maintenance men rolled over the babies with the giant garbage dumpster!! I tried moving the poor babies so the $%#$^ wouldn’t hurt them, but apparently I moved them too close to a palm tree…and ND NONE OF THEM SURVIVED! It was terrible. ..and ND ndsealofter@gmail.com I still hold a bit of a grudge to the landscapers and maintenance men…not to mention I feel bad that I didn’t put them in a good place. Ugh!!!
    Anyway…my friend…I hope that you are well and that life is treating you kind ♡

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    • Oh my!! Disregard all the typos!!! My phone has been crazy today (and I don’t know whose email that is!!) 😉 ♡

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    • Thanks for stopping by Lorrie. I know how busy you are. Sorry the landscapers didn’t do right by the plants. They really are paid to mow and blow and stick a plant in the ground once in awhile. Most aren’t into the love of plants. Most of us plant by experiment. Hard to know what will grow next to what. I come from a philosophy that not all of us are meant to do everything well. I can’t draw, paint or play music worth beans, but I can certainly appreciate and encourage those that can. I figure that’s just as important as being able to do it myself. I will never be a master gardener but am sure having fun playing in the dirt. 🙂 That’s the best life can offer. Have fun with it. You too. Have a wonderfilled week. Hugs. 🙂

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  25. So how ’bout you and your neighbor come down to NC and intimidate my weeds. The best I can do is ask them to give themselves up so my bb bushes can grow and prosper. 😉

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    • I’ve often thought about visiting NC but not in the summer. I am having a hard enough time with the unseasonable heat here. My friend is quite a character. Good luck with the BB bushes and thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderfilled week ahead.

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  26. Marlene, I found your blog through Annika. This was such a fun read. My husband is the gardener in our house and your neighbor’s remark reminds me of something he would say and do. I look forward to getting to know you better.

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    • Thank you for stopping by, Bernadette. I don’t post often as there is always more to do than hours in the day. Appreciate the follow and will stop by your blog shortly. Have a lovely week.

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  27. Great post Marlene,,
    Love your garden, isn’t weeding fun?

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  28. I should be out weeding my garden instead of reading this blog post. 🙂

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  29. Just dropping by again dear Marlene to wish you a lovely weekend.. You should see the weeds again on our plot. after a weeks worth of rain.. I am hoping for a better week next week so I can get stuck in again..
    I did take a few photos the other day of the progress, so hope to post soon..
    Sending you lots of love
    Sue xxx

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  30. Hello hello my little Wonderfrau! I’m missing you daily but only now have sat down to catch up…..finally. How have you been? I see you are waving your magic wand and making everything spectacular at your house. I’m in awe of your progress! What’s the bright pink ground cover in your garden? It’s fantastic! Ka-pow! I love that colour. I’ve just spent every waking moment of off time, renovating our curb garden. We live on a street with boarders at the curb. Each house has a giant tree and then each home does their own design there. When we moved in, the previous owners had put 3 or 4 plants, some slag stone to walk on and black cedar bark for mulch. It was weedy and most of the plants were dead. I’ve finally cleared the bark and weed. Added new plants and garden soil, covered in landscape fabric and started to place new washed/crushed rock. I’m pooped. You and your neighbour set a high standard for the rest of the hood. Congratulations on making everything so beautiful in the neighbourhood dearest! xo K

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    • Good to see you here, dear heart. Honestly, you make me look absolutely lazy. I hope you took before and after photos to share. We are on the downhill stretch here. The kid finished the last major project yesterday so there is just tidying up left to do. Now I’m ready if the call for inspections. Not everyone really cares about curb appeal but I really enjoy the work. It’s a creeping thyme that has those fuchsia flowers in spring. They are mostly gone now but everyone loved the color of them. They were called stepables at the garden center. All the ground cover there can be walked on. Of course, when it’s blooming, the bees are just all over it. Hundreds of them. They don’t bother me when I’m weeding though. I’ll probably have one more update on the work. It’s nice to feel like I don’t have to push anymore and can just relax and enjoy it.

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  31. I love this. I used to be relentless with weeds too! And I love playing in the dirt. I wonder if it subconsciously brings us back to childhood?

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    • I don’t know about the childhood dirt thing. I wasn’t allowed to play in the dirt but I’m a Virgo who must connect with the earth. I’ve always loved to see things growing and want to take care of them. Some have it naturally, many just don’t. Thank you very much for stopping by. Hope you find time to play in the weeds again soon.

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  32. Marlene never worry about catching up.. I am just happy to see you when ever you get the chance to call by my friend.. I hope all is well with you and your are not working TOO hard my friend..
    Know I am sending thoughts your way and sincere Hugs .. Lots of Love Sue ❤

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  33. Lovely garden bursting with joyful colors! ❤️

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  34. eyeclic said:

    …”The weeds were quiet. I liked that about them.” I loved that.

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  35. such a beautiful garden.. I wish I could bring mine closer to that… keep it up 🙂

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  36. My friend, I am still trying to get back into my blog routine and it’s your turn again, and oh my heavens I can’t believe it’s been so long. All the way back to May! Well, you are in my thoughts all the time, at least there is that!

    Your analogy is perfect, and reminds me of what we talked about when I visited: that you are cleaning the clutter from your life. It’s always a good practice. I even love the way you tucked things into closets that you still needed, but just not so often that the things should be out in view – cluttering up space and thoughts.

    Weeding is meditative for me too. I actually pull weeds from my lawn. It’s more effective than weed killer, but that’s not why I do it. It’s because it gives me satisfaction. Maybe it’s a violent streak. 🙂

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    • You have a violent streak???? I never would have guessed. 🙂 I like pulling weeds rather than spraying them. I don’t want to hurt the bugs or birds. Hurt the bugs and you hurt the birds. Depends on the bug too. The birds won’t eat the stink bugs so that’s where my violent streak comes out too. 🙂 Thanks for the visits. 🙂

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