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Thursday, June 12, 2008

The "To-Do" List

Are you a list person? Do you make to-do lists?

I don't make lists. If I have a busy day or busy week ahead of me I write out schedules. Pages and pages of schedules but I don't like to-do lists.

They say that writing lists is good. My husband Don is a list person and it really works for him. He prioritizes things, does them and crosses them off the list.

Not me.
This is a cut through in my longest perennial border. The border is about 125 feet long (37.5 meters) and just about at the half way point I have this little cut through. It was necessary because the pipes for the underground sprinkler and the on/off valve (the round cap that is askew) is in this spot.

Two weeks ago I was able to easily walk through here. The top photo was taken three days ago and the second photo was taken this morning. It's almost impossible to see the stepping stones. Forget about actually cutting through this spot.

If I had a to-do list, cutting back this area would be on it.

Thursday is the day our lawn service comes to mow the lawn. Between my watering and the intense heatwave we just experienced the yard looks like a jungle.

If I remember to get back out there in the next hour I should cut back all the fallen stalks like you see here. They will last a good week in a flower arrangement but would not last a minute after the lawn service starts cutting.

My side yard is a disaster. I always seem to find more plants to pot up. The chipmunks run through here like it's a maze and Calie the wonder-doodle plows along behind them like a bull in a china shop. There are upturned pots everywhere.

If I had a to-do list I'd put "clean up side yard" on it. It would also be nice to add "make official holding beds for plant material in limbo".

The Cymbalaria murilas (kenilworth ivy) has totally engulfed this section of my rock wall. In my opinion it loses some of it's charm when you can't see the rocks underneath. I would have to put this on my to-do list too.

Uh oh, the peas are falling! Chicken little would not be happy to see this spot in my garden. The peas have put on such a growth spurt that they went above and beyond the stakes and now I should try to figure out something to support them better.

In this same area I have my potted tomatoes and thanks to my friend Kim, I now know I should be pruning them. Since I haven't even staked them yet, I think I'm running behind schedule a bit.

Phew, it's a good thing I don't have a to-do list. I'm tired just thinking about all the things I'd have to do.


Gail said...

Clever post and a to do list after all! List makers love it!

I prefer to jot down my lists and an occasional schedule on the backs of envelopes and scraps of paper...on the fly! When they make sticky notes look like waste paper I will use them! Can you get more right brained?

I had wondered about the size of this perennial bed, it is gorgeous.

Thanks for showing us your side yard...I feel very at home there, it's exactly how my holding area looks!


redrahde said...

Oh, yes, I am a list maker. If I don't, I don't remember to do things even somewhat timely--such as feed roses, spray daylilies, feed water lilies. I'll see something that needs doing while I'm doing something else. If I don't write it down, I won't think of it again for days. In fact, you were on this morning's list for that very same reason. Each day when I make my rounds live heading daylilies, I notice how rangey my hardy geraniums are getting. I bought them because you talk about them so much and I really do like them. In fact, I intend to get more. However, I don't really know how to treat them. Do you cut them back or just let them go. Please give care instructions.

Whew!! Now I can finally cross that off my list.


Dave said...

I make lists and forget to look back at them. I do have a list of sorts on my blog which I do look at and it helps me stay organized. Sometimes though I go out to do one thing then start do another then another. there are always things I don't remember to put on the lists!

cindee said...

I have a list too where I keep track of fertilizing dates. I would forget otherwise. I will also jot down stuff as I see things that need to be done in the near future.

zvrk said...

My to do list is always longer then the time available to me!
I also have areas of my garden looking like your side yard!

Anonymous said...

I sometimes make electronic lists (on my e-mail program), they pop-up--much harder to ignore than a note/date on a hardcopy calendar! You can also set it to repeat at certain for fertilizing. Works for me!

patientgardener said...

I have a to dolist but its in my head which means there is never much on it as I forget things!!!!

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

I feel so much better now that I've seen your side yard looks little better than my pot ghetto. I have made to-do lists. I find them everyone once in a while when I'm looking for something else.