Mrs ERJ replied with, "Why yes, oh wise and handsome man of my life! Great idea." Note to readers: A small amount of poetic license was employed.
To which I responded, "There is too much dew on the grass. I will have to wait a few hours. I think I will go out and take a few pictures."
Mrs ERJ said, "OK."
|Pictures of some grafts pushing. This is Enterprise apple. Walking around and looking at grafts is a bit like unwrapping Christmas presents. You just don't know what you will see.
|Another quince with the milk jug pulled.
|A pear graft that is being stupid. I don't get 100% takes. Sometimes I take shortcuts and get caught. I did not use parafilm on this graft.
|Here is a branch that I budded in August of last year. It is pushing.
"Sure" I responded.
|Our neighbors have some very large mushrooms growing in their yard.
|A Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida) We don't have a lot of it around here but what we do have really stands out, especially against a back drop of spruce or pine. 420 Growing Degree Days (B42). The next few days will be cool and dry. The GDD will not add up very quickly.
This video is for Belladonna so she can see her dog who is perfect in every way. He loves water.
After getting home I saw a box that had magically shown up in our garage. Hmmm! Plants.
"Mrs ERJ," I said, "I think I need to get those plants in the ground. Are you OK with my putting off the mowing for about an hour?"
Mrs ERJ said, "Yeah. It is probably a good idea to get those trees into the ground before they die."
|This is a "Before" shot
|This is an "After" shot. Five filbert bushes were plugged into the space that was freed up.
|This row of bushes is being flipped over. Formerly, the species were raspberries, pawpaws, rugosa rose and Rose of Sharon. There are 11 filbert bushes now.
I went to Mrs ERJ and asked if she could find our bottle of "Ye Olde Kentucky's Finest Bourbon". She said, "Yes I can."
|I collected some shoots of mint. I picked three. Fresh greens are notable for vitamins.
Mrs ERJ said, "You look like you have been in the sun and working hard. I think a nap would do you good. Sure, take a nap."
So I did.
Upon waking up, I started picking up sticks so I could mow. Mrs ERJ was right there at my side matching me step-for-step.
The smaller stuff went on the burn pile. The bigger stuff went into the barn to dry for firewood.
We knocked off at 8:00 in the evening.
I looked around, realizing that I had not even started the mower.
"You know, Mrs ERJ," I said "it would sure save a lot of work if we had sheep to mow our lawn. Or maybe we could bring over the Captain's cattle."
That is the first time I heard her say "No." today. I was just checking to see if she was listening.