Home again, home again, jiggety-jig

I like to travel, and as you can tell from previous posts of Italy, Hawaii, Ireland and places in the US, we have done, and continue to do a fair amount of traveling.

But wherever I go, I am always happy to come back home, although sometimes the farewells are bittersweet when we’re returning home from a visit with our out-of-town children.

The other downside is that upon returning home, I notice all the things that need to be done, like trimming the boxwoods in front. It’s been such a hot summer, that I have let many outside chores slide as I refuse to work in the heat of the day.

Although it’s only been a few days, it seems like forever since we passed lazy days under a beach umbrella.

The sedum have come into bloom. Their early flowers are a light and delicate pink. I think they will darken to more of a wine color with time. They are like a soft breath of freshness in my late-summer heat-beaten garden.

This little angel stands guard over my St. Francis garden. Most of my other angels are in the Angel garden where I find I have a lot of work ahead of me this fall, if the temperatures ever cool. (Last week was cool here in the midwest, I understand, but we chose that week to go to South Carolina, so we missed that break from the heat.)

Arrggh. Can you just see all the ivy? Even after all our work. Even after things looked cleared up and we put the shovels away.

It may take me the rest of my life, but I will win the war against this ivy.

Most of these ivy plants can we “weeded” out with a hand fork or tool. It’s important to get to the bottom of the entire root without it breaking. Even the smallest remnant will sprout into a new plant.

It’s discouraging when I look back at the earlier pictures where we had the garden visibly cleared.

But our whole garden would be looking like this right now if we hadn’t done all the work that we did. This is the far end of the garden near the private drive. We haven’t worked here yet. The ivy chokes everything else out.

Working on this ivy makes me think of other people who accomplished great things by a persistent chipping away. Relentlessly. Always hopeful. You just keep going.

Even with all the work that faces me, there’s still no place like home. I know Arthur, who spent last week at Pet City Resort, agrees.


See more posts about gardening in my series.

24 thoughts on “Home again, home again, jiggety-jig”

  1. Welcome home–there is no place like it, is there??? Your gardens look beautiful to me even if they look like work to you!!! And I bet Arthur had a really good time at Pet City Resort—he is just trying to make you feel guilty for having some great times yourself!!!

    1. I hope Arthur at least had an okay time there. He sure cries out when they first put him in his cage. He usually has intestinal problems when he comes back home as well. But he is a little skitzo. I have to be able to travel because otherwise I won’t be able to see my kids. So if he can’t go where we’re going, he’s just going to have to deal. At least he’s safe.

  2. No question, there’s no place like home! And your garden looks AMAZING as always. Nonetheless, I know exactly what you mean about seeing only the work that needs to be done — I too let things go because of the heat and wow, we’ve got a lot to do before winter!! Welcome home, Christine!

    1. Thanks, Julia. It seems like there are quite a few of us in this same boat. The summer was too hot. I love working outside in the fall, though. Although the spiders can be bad then. 😦

  3. Hi Christine .. love the Sedum – we’ve a piece in my mother’s flowers this week .. I’ll wager you the ivy?! I’ve tried various irritating plants – bindweed (convolvulus or morning glory – I think for you), ivy too I just let one leg get big and then it’s easier to control … and phlox .. good luck for ever I call that statement – I will beat it?!

    Cheers – welcome home though and Arthur certainly looks a happier ‘bunny’! Hilary

    1. Thanks, Nancy. You, by the way, are my number 1 commenter. Thank you for spending all the time and effort to keep up with things and build your community, in which I gratefully am included.

  4. I’m sure everyone is glad to be home. I know how good my own bed feels upon returning. I do like the sedum. Might have to look into that. We’re going to tackle a bed of ivy soon. It’s in the only shady area of the yard now, and we want to look at something different. I guess there’ll be a high price to pay (in labor) for that change of scenery. There were trumpet vines there, too, which took over, but the large ones were damaged by the storm. It’s all going away. 🙂

  5. Yay! Welcome Home! I hope you had a lovely time.

    Arthur looks pooped! All that playing at the Pet Resort I bet. 🙂

    Your yard is wonderful. I enjoy your garden…I do not have one as such. So seeing yours…well it makes me smile.

    Cooler weather will be here and then you will enjoy your garden time again.

    And when I return home… i always notice how great my own bed feels. No place like home. heheh

    1. Thanks, Debra. We had a wonderful, restful time.

      No one is looking forward to the cooler weather more than me. I love to be outside but cannot take the heat.

  6. Ah yes. There’s no place like home. I love travel to, but it’s always nice to return. 🙂

    Your sedum are beautiful. I like your comparison between your war with the ivy and achieving great things.


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