I got the trees sprayed...had to do a little wand repair first but then things went smoothly. I have a 15 gallon sprayer that probably sprays 20 feet into the air. It runs off a battery and I load all in my garden cart and can get to all trees this way.
This morning we loaded calves for the sale barn and were very happy with the prices. I guess we are the only class of farmers (beef) that are getting really good prices right now.
I didn't go to the sale barn with my husband. They have very hard seats and sometimes it takes hours...didn't think I could tolerate that. I tackled the huge Light Pole and New Bed. I had just let the perilla become a ground cover and it worked pretty well keeping other bad weeds down. I found 5 self seeded corianders which pleased me. I didn't know they would do that, also lots of dill and more larkspur. I won't know what type until they bloom. I know I scattered lots of seeds. There are lots of poppies (papaver somniferum) all over the bed.
I also discovered the New Zealand spinach self seeded. I didn't care for it so may chop it out later. I have enough bare spots now that I will sow directly some Yvonne's salvias and more annuals.
Back outside now to thin more fruit trees. I used the ladder this time to reach the tops of the trees but the sun was in my face so will have to finish in the morning. I am sure I missed some.
The plum tree is a mystery to me how to handle thinning. The fruit growing in little clusters of three with long stems like cherries. I finally just pulled my closed hand along a limb removing the less attached ones. Then I did it by hand. I saw some with yellow stems which makes me wonder if the tree would be self-thinning if I had waited until next month. I removed maybe half but still have lots of tiny green fruit left. I found an Elm sapling that I need to remove.
Plums trees have very brittle limbs, especially the tips. I broke off a few in the thinning process.
The new tripod for my camera came yesterday. I am loving it. I have it set up facing the porch where I can see the birds while at the computer. It moves smoothly and I can pinpoint any spot I want. Then zoom in for the shop. I can then take the picture without any movement of the camera at all. I took several of the Baltimore Oriole. I was able to take 25 shots in less than a minute.
This is a House Finch thinking about trying out some of the jelly:
More and more iris are opening. I still have a few remaining ones I am waiting on. The latest was a lovely sky blue from my sis that will now be known as Char's blue.
I have a very fragrant one from Schreiner's called Fragrant Lilac and it is. I planted a small clump at the edge of the Light Pole Bed. It was near where I was working yesterday weeding and the scent was almost overpowering. I thought I had a single shot of it but don't. This is just part of the long Driveway Border with a few of the iris and a peony about to open. The fragrant iris is the lavender one just to the right of the Light Pole (wasn't that clever to name the bed that).
Side Note: The part for the Jenn-Air (replace with expletive) range still has not come! I emailed the company yesterday with the history of the stove. It won't do any good, but I feel better.
Today's plan: Plant the five fruit trees. If I get nothing else done, this will be enough. My trusty assistant will be called in to help with this.