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I should go to bed soon.  If it's decent out later this morning, I want to plant some more garden plants.

Later: It wasn't really a productive day for me.  I watered my new plants, and used the loppers to cut some branches off the Tatarian honeysuckle tree that hangs directly over where I park my car.  Tatarian honeysuckles are invasive plants, and we have a lot of them.  After that, I was tired and seemed to be a little more bitten up, so I went inside and did my collages of flower pictures for a while.  I napped for a bit, and thought that I'd lost the whole rest of the day.  It was really hard to keep track of days this week, and I needed to.

We called J. to wish him a belated happy birthday.  He said he wasn't going to call us yesterday evening specifically so we could wish him a happy birthday.  lol!  I understood his reasoning.  He'd seen my messages yesterday, though.
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I should go to bed soon.  I have herbs to pick up.

Later: I picked up my herbs in time.  I visited with A.J. and B.G. for about an hour, in their garden, since I was relatively nearby.  It was very nice to see them.  I picked up a late lunch/early dinner at Wawa on the way home.  When I got home, I placed the little pots of herbs and scented geraniums in what are hopefully safe places for them, and watered them that evening.

I sent a text and an e-mail to J. wishing him a happy birthday.  I asked Mom at 10:00 p.m. if she'd remembered to call J.  She said a curse word, which I took as a "no."  In the e-mail, I sent J. love from me and "the parental units."

I started a long line editing job in the evening, figuring I'd better get some work done on it before time got tight to do it.  I got on a roll and finished it that night.  So that was a productive thing I did, and I don't have to worry about it this weekend.
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I went to bed around 2:30 a.m., later than I should have.  I got up at 9:30 a.m. for no apparent reason.

I have an appointment in the early afternoon, and I would like to get more yardwork done today, also.

Later: Done and done.
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I should go to bed very soon.

Later: I actually did go to bed "very soon" after that.

I went to Home Depot in the morning and got potting soil, top soil, labels and stakes.  Also I got hardware cloth that was 4' tall, for my taller roses, and what likely will be lilies that are quite tall.

I spent a good part of the late morning and the afternoon planting bulbs and transplanting some of the more tender plants.  I made labels for many plants.  I planted the harlequin flowers and the rest of the rain lilies, and some daylilies.  I stopped for a late lunch, then went back outside to start putting labels around.  It started raining soon after I started that project.

I picked up with the project of putting nametags by the plants after dinner.
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Monday wasn't a bad day.

I got a bit of a change of scene when Mom and I went out to return library books.  I stayed in the car while she stopped in at the grocery store.

After we got home, I worked in the yard for an hour or two.  The most important thing I did was to clip the grass and to weed around the cardinal flower by the drainpipe by the front porch.  I'd run out of potting soil and garden soil last week.  I want to get more of both.
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J. and K. came for a visit.  It was nice to see them.  I had mostly cleared off the dining room table except for little vases of flowers.  The bud of the 'Indian Chief' iris that I had picked had been showing more color, but Mom snapped it off in her efforts to do something with the table before J. and K. got here.

I was very tired from staying up very late to do a line editing job, and then waking up early.  Mom and I went shopping in the morning.  The usual grocery store was busy on a Sunday, of course, but at least the people there are better about wearing masks than they are at the local Walmart.  And it was a quick trip.

Despite my tiredness, I did my best to tell J. and K. amusing anecdotes while they were here.  It was good to see them.

I took a nap after J. and K. left.
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I should go to bed soon.  Fortunately, I don't have to be anywhere tomorrow.

Later that day: I planted some plants, thank goodness.  I got a pineapple sage somewhere (Walmart?) and planted that in a somewhat bigger pot.  I replanted a jasmine that had fallen over.  I planted the 'Firewitch' dianthus.  I ran out of potting soil from the bag, and stuck the "new" milk-and-wine lily bulb into a pot that had a mix of soil and little blue decorative rock chips.  I'll get more potting soil soon.  I think I planted other things.  I still have a few oxalis, several rain lilies and a few harlequin flowers to plant, plus the mix of hostas and the bag of "border" (short) Oriental lilies.  I'm sure I'm forgetting things.

The orris bud that I picked yesterday opened during the night.  I'm not sure if the 'Indian Chief' iris bud will open -- I picked it when it was still tight in bud -- or the mystery iris that's in a similar pot, which was also in tight bud.
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I should go to bed fairly soon...

Later: I stayed up late, past 3:00 a.m., because I got into a project of trying to find "Present-Day Gardening" books, which is a series from the early 1900s, in e-book format.

Retrospectively: I found that books 1-17 in the series had been digitized.  There were plans to do several more books, but I have a feeling that those plans might have been minor casualties of World War I.  I was pleased to find Tulips, Lilies and Sweet Peas, among other books in the series.  Some were digitized by Cornell University, and some were digitized by the University of British Columbia.

I woke quite early, though.  Mom and I took a trip to Walmart in the late morning.  Some of the people at our local Walmart are bad about wearing masks, or bad about wearing them correctly.  It's stressful to go there.  We talked about going to one of the bigger Walmarts several miles farther away next time.  They have more things we want, and the buildings are considerably larger.

We made a quick stop at the grocery store, too.

After that, I worked on my project of finding old gardening books, and then took a nap in the afternoon.  Shopping still exhausts me.  I was hoping to get some plants planted, but that didn't happen.

I went out for a bit later, and picked a couple of orris flowers, a bud of the 'Indian Chief' iris, and a bud of a mystery iris that has also been living in a windowbox type of pot for a couple of years.
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I went to bed earlier than usual around 1:00 a.m., and got up at 7:00 a.m. for no apparent reason.  I'll probably doze off again later.

Later: I went out and planted a few bulbs.  A bag of Oriental lilies came, and I still need to plant those.  I clipped the grass around the raised bed and around the purple coneflowers.  I weeded around the plants by the front porch.  I picked another broken tulip.

Retrospectively: Mystery broken tulip # 2 was reddish brown or mahogany with little yellow streaks.  I left that to grow on the hillside.  Mystery broken tulip # 3, which I picked, started out as a red tulip with little yellow streaks on the outer petals, but the yellow expanded into much larger streaks, with big patches of yellow on the inner petals.  It sort of reminds me of a 'Ketchup and Mustard' rose, but prettier.  The folks at the nursery agreed with my thought that it looked like a 'Ketchup and Mustard' rose in the coloring, and suggested that maybe it was a 'Couleur Cardinal' or other red tulip that I'd gotten in a previous year that had broken.  Two of the 'Couleur Cardinal' roses that I'd planted lower on the hill in 2017 or 2018 did come back this spring, but they were of the color and type they were supposed to be, with no breaking.  Mystery broken rose # 3 is closer to where a couple of 'Rococo' tulips came back from the same year that I planted the 'Couleur Cardinal' tulips, but the petals of the broken tulip are a standard oval shape.  It may just remain a mystery.