There are hoses running all the way around, and the sprinklers will run twice per day automatically. It's far better than making the garden depend on addle-brained seniors to remember to turn things on.
With him finished tramping all around, I was able to plant the last of the sunflowers. I had about half a dozen already started in little pots, and I purchased more of the American Giant seeds. They're all planted along the north side fence. You can see all the little bamboo skewers marking their location. If the "giants" get big and need staking, it will be simple enough to tie them to the fence.
The squirrels have broken my heart this year with their munching on the sunflowers. I can't even begin to count how many I've planted, and they've eaten at least half of them...thus, the order for more seeds. The medicated body powder seems to be working to deter them, but it needs to be reapplied frequently. Even if it isn't washed away by rain and watering, it seems to lose its effectiveness after a day or two. I'm determined to get sunflowers this year after last year's dearth.
When I was finished in the garden, I checked on things in the greenhouse. The tomatoes are growing like crazy right now. They'll need repotting into their largest pots within a couple of weeks.
Checking on the peonies, it looks like this now. Isn't it practically opened?
And, looking at the first picture, it's hard to know where those white petals are going to come from. A few of you have suggested the flower hasn't formed properly. I'm not sure why that would be, but what do I know? I've never grown peonies before. Someone suggested the possibility that it had been damaged by frost, but we doubt that. There hasn't been any cold weather...at least, not that cold...since we've been home. It's possible that we're just not getting the big flowers for this first season of blooming, and I've read that is not uncommon. On the other hand, its partner on the same plant looks almost identical, just a few days behind in its progress.
Sadie was a terrific assistant yesterday, choosing a nap over rearranging the quilt blocks.
His part of the process left him exhausted and he took a nap on his catio after dinner.
Okay, so we'll all be back at it again today. We're making a trip to the grocery store this morning. Yes, I was just there a few days ago, but that list was short. Today's is a week's worth, and so it'll be a longer trip. It's senior discount day at our grocery store, though, and hey...it's the best part about being an old person! I'm so excited about the approximately 86¢ we're just about to save. Also, we treat ourselves to Egg McMuffin at the drive-up window, and so you just know it's going to be a bang-up day. I hope your day is bang-up too...but only in the figurative sense. Please, no tripping and falling or running into things. We have enough to worry about already.