Monday, August 27, 2012

A Morning Visitor

Needless to say, I have been busy gardening and not blogging.  It has been an endless round of clearing out 'chives gone wild' and supposedly 'dwarf' mugo pines on steroids. 

The early mornings have been cool and enchanting, great for working outside.  The afternoons have been hot and humid which is when I head off to yoga class. 

Each morning for the last couple of weeks I have had an early visitor in the shape of a hummingbird.  Since I finally bit the bullet and bought a new camera, I was actually able to capture a picture, which I now share with you.

Can you believe that Labor Day is just one week away?  Where did our summer go?
As for those overgrown mugo pines, they got a severe pruning.  They went from this:
to this:
And now I will look forward to next spring to see how the area fills out.  Of course, I gained room for more hostas.  Not a bad trade-off for four days of labor.


  1. Have any mugo pine pruning tips? Ours is pretty overgrown and how you pruned yours looks great! Everything I've found online says to only trim the candles, but that's not going to be enough to put a dent in our monster mugo.

    1. I had originally trimmed out all of the bottoms in what you see above. Last year I took some of the top branches down to a more manageable level. Just pruning the candles doesn't help when they are overgrown.

    2. Well they look amazing! You have inspired me to get in there and get chopping. I like the open look the bottoms of yours have.


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