Let's start with the good!
There are strawberries ready for the pickin'...
in the garden.
I ate the first few.
Then we had some for breakfast yesterday.
There is nothing like berries fresh from the garden!
The clematis are still lookin' good.
The Miss Kim lilac is smelling mighty fine.
The white heather WAS looking great this spring.
Not any more!
I took my new hedge trimmers to it...
and it now looks very
Will it come back?
That remains to be seen!
After 8 years of growing...
everything in the raised planter was overgrown.
We pulled out shrubs...
and cut back what was there.
It needed to be done.
The good part?
That the trusty John Deere loader tractor hauled everything away.
I think everyone needs one...
a John Deere tractor with a loader!
As for the ugly?
We seem to have tent caterpillar infestation here this year.
For the third time in as many weeks...
all the caterpillar nests have been 'purged' from the willow trees...
the oak tree...
and the apple tree.
Will they come back?
I hope not.
They are destroying the trees...
one leaf at a time!
Let me end on a better note...
...and share a red rose from the garden.
One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living.
We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon...
instead of enjoying the roses blooming outside our windows today.
get out and smell the roses!