Notice anything different?
I cut back the cup and saucer vine. I cut it all the way back. I kept the 10-ft-long ropey stems. They may re-sprout. On one hand I hope they do, on the other hand I hope they don't.
I lost control of this vine a year ago. It had engulfed the deck and begun to shade out some previously sunny areas. I don't like how the new flowers drop sticky nectar all over everything when they open. It stains the deck and the plants and then dirt sticks to the sticky residue. Gets on my nerves. Anyway, if it grows back, I vow to remain more on top of things.
I found a butterfly pupa underneath it all. I hung a towel next it to protect it the rest of the way. Please live.
I'm also considering dramatic changes for this half-barrel of tomato fail. I was thinking about moving a blueberry bush in there, but maybe the half-barrel could just go and I could open up this area for sitting... Visually, I know having all these containers is "too much". It's hard to walk around. It adds to the cluttered-feeling in the small space.
But I don't want to sit in the sun, I want to sit in the shade. But the shade part of the garden is so well established I hate to disrupt it.
And it doesn't make sense to turn the sunniest garden real estate into a sitting area.
And I want more blueberries. So I'm deadlocked. I think I'll try the blueberry and see how that feels for awhile... Sigh. I'm getting frustrated with this tiny, funky-junky garden and I want to move to a bigger space! Realistically, I know we'll be here for at least 3 more years so I need to make happy.
If only I hadn't become a gardener. Then I wouldn't care. But I did. Consuming passions can be so annoying!