I have been negligent lately in taking care of one of the few gardening tasks I actually perform. For once it is not due to my natural tendency to procrastinate.I try to keep these plants trimmed in a box shape, no higher than the bottom of my front windows. In Summer when they get more full Sun they produce hundreds of little purple blossoms each day.
I am normally pretty good at keeping to my intent. But we’ve had so much rain lately – almost daily throughout April – and I don’t like to trim when the plants are wet. So right now they look like they are growing wild.
This morning I made a discovery that will cause further delay. I saw a duck head right into the plants towards the house and disappearing from sight. I knew immediately what that meant! So I went back inside and got my camera.I spread aside the foliage, revealing a very annoyed (and snorting) Mama-to-be sitting in her nest.
Later today I saw Mama-to-be waddling away, apparently taking a short break. So I went out and took a photo of the future family. Mama-to-be watched from the sidewalk, but did not approach. Perhaps she remembered my taking her picture earlier and knew I was not a threat.We are soon going to have seven little ducklings! I suppose I’m going to have to buy some cigars!! 😉
Until the blessed events I don’t think it would be wise to attack the plants with my electric trimmer. Mama-to-be would not be amused!