Vitamin D Therapy

As we languished in the air conditioning on Saturday, a friend of mine, Greg A., wrote on his Facebook page (and I directly quote), “yard work beckons, running out of plausible reasons to avoid”. Today, we found ourselves in Greg’s predicament and took to summer outdoors.

Mid to late summer is the time to prune a lot of the native bushes and shrubs of the Carolinas. We trimmed up the 2 azaleas (F. Rushing, p.153) and lone forsythia (F. Rushing, p.163) in the front yard. Azaleas, in particular, are “old growth” bloomers, meaning, in the spring, they bloom on the existing foliage before producing new leaf growth. Trimming this time of year gives the plant time to repair the damage and be ready for flowering next year.

That was the easy part…the hard part was taking out the big spirea (F. Rushing, p.178) that had become overgrown with honeysuckle. It took a chainsaw and over an hour to get the above ground cleared. Then another hour with a mattock to remove the roots. To quote myself from a way earlier post of this blawg: “For those of you who have never had the pleasure, the hardest work you will never do is to remove a tree stump with this hoe on steroids.”

The secret: let the mattock do the work

As you might be able to tell from the above picture, the spirea covered an area about 10’ in diameter.

We recently mentioned our spider population. Today, Carole found one before the cats did. Apparently, one old fellow preferred the A/C to the crawlspace and tried to cool off in the bathtub. After the screams died down, I showed Mississippi, one of our cats, a new toy.

It’s a big funnel spider

For the intrepid reader, here’s a detail. Needless to say, “nom, nom, nom” and spider was gone.

Last weekend, we went camping at Hunting Island for a few days. Here’s a shot from the top of the lighthouse:

Storm off the coast

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