We are back from a week's vacation in the Catskills. [Those photos will have to wait until I've sorted them from three cameras.] It was a nice gathering with our two daughters, their spouses and our three granddaughters, one of whom we haven't seen since we visited them in Buffalo in April.
We returned Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning Dan and I tackled a landscaping project we could handle - seeding the bare spot created by shortening the deck by half. Though that area had been covered by black plastic and decking for almost 30 years, the soil must have had dormant crabgrass seeds which quickly sprouted while we awaited the finishing of the deck by our slow carpenter. That happened the day before we headed out on vacation.
Do you remember my asking if anyone knew what the spiky leaf plant was that showed up among the iris I had planted at one corner of the old deck?
Turns out it was gladiola. Since I had to move these and the iris there, I cut off several stems of blooming or nearly blooming stalks. Aren't they lovely?
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