I made one 6"x6" collage
on water color paper,
then cut it into 3 tags.
I've abandoned the studio for a week of trying to get a garden cleanup in gear. I have help this time with removing some crepe myrtles that have been causing problems and some shrubs that don't look healthy--and trimming and shaping up other trees and shrubs.
I've been digging up and transplanting some plants and then having trouble getting the dirt out of my fingernails. Taking long breaks in between bursts of activity early in the morning and calling it quits by about 11:00 AM. The heat and humidity take a toll.
My garden choices have not always worked as well as hoped, and while I love my tickseed coreopsis, they have a tendency to fall and sprawl after a wonderful early summer display. The rest of the summer, my failure to keep them tended results in a sorry show.
So...I've dug most of them up and kept only a few off-shoots that I replanted in pots until next year. I will decide what to do with them then.
I want something cleaner for the garden now. Less cottage garden, less complicated, less demanding. I've also cut back the golden ginger and will move some of them later and try to keep them in control.
Our summers come so early and last so long now (today will be another 93 degrees according to my weather app--and it is Sept. 25th!) that garden chores have become too onerous and unpleasant to keep up with for 6 months of the year. Time to consider a garden that requires less upkeep, yet still proves soothing to look at.
What I've enjoyed recently: The Chronicles of Christoval Alvarez by Ann Swinfen is a wonderful 7 book series set in the late Elizabethan period; The Lost Girls a debut novel by Heather Young; and End of Watch by Stephen King (not yet reviewed).
Hope everyone is enjoying the last week in September!