Curiosity takes me to power tools
My garden in Kelowna is overflowing onto the grass, the vines tangling in with the other plants in a cascade of green, pink and purple. It is pretty, but I can no longer find the sprinkler heads for the irrigation system so I took a cooler, somewhat overcast day to try to get it under control again.
Are you the type of person who likes to garden with power tools, or do you prefer a simple pair of clippers? I know it would probably be much quicker to take a heavy duty weed wacker to the hill, but the garden brings back memories of time spent with my grandmother. She had a huge garden with a rockery and shaded beds full of her favourite begonias. My sister and I would spend weekend afternoons with her, digging out weeds with a shovel, and pruning with a pair of wooden handled shears, the kind with the long blades.
So, instead of electric clippers, I used pruning shears to cut away a massive amount of sumac (now to get it to the transfer station!), and cut back enough of the flowers so that water can actually get onto the grass. As I was pruning the flowers, I noticed it was alive with bees, ladybugs, spiders and wasps. The hillside was buzzing!
Gardening is kind of like birding to me, I enjoy it immensely, but I really need to learn the names of plants. We have what looks and kind of smells like mint in the garden. I got excited our first summer here and tried to make mint tea by steeping the leaves and it was absolutely disgusting. Oh well.