|Pipevine Swallowtail on Purple-leaf Honeysuckle|
I have been forced to brave the cold however to plan and keep track of my huge winter project. I previously wrote about the home farm sale and my trip back home to gain some tools, but one of the biggest tools is yet to make it to Kansas; a small tractor with all the trimmings for cutting pasture and garden cultivation! And before it can come, I've got to have storage space built, so I've finally begun construction of an outbuilding/toolshed/barn which will house the tractor, implements, lawn mowers, hoses, and all the other gardening paraphernalia that Mrs. ProfessorRoush blames for dirtying up her garage. In short, I'm building a big gardener's playhouse and being banished to it.
One day, a couple of weeks back, it was an overgrown mass of honeysuckle, lifeless in winter, and infested with pack rats and snakes. The next day it was a hole in the ground, exposing the rocky soil profile to the world as I noted in my last post.
So, goodbye to the honeysuckle, hello to the barn! Well, at least temporarily adios to the honeysuckle because although I've never heard her mention it before, Mrs. ProfessorRoush has made me promise to replant "her" beloved honeysuckle that she now claims she enjoys so much. I agreed in principle to keep some of the honeysuckle, but primarily for the benefit of the Pipevine Swallowtail butterflies and not at all due to the wailings and tongue-lashing from Mrs. ProfessorRoush. Tomorrow or the next day, I'll show you the walls that have gone up this week. One good thing about concrete walls; they go up fast!