NOTE: As of September 23, 2009, this post has been edited in
accordance with a court-mediated settlement. The names of the
contractor and his excavation subcontractor have been replaced with

Guess what it did today? It rained. Contractor A (the one who walked off the job because we wouldn't pay him nearly three times more than we had a contract for) assured us that there would be no more rain two months ago, and yet, it continues to rain. He told us he had talked to the NWS, who apparently told him something quite different from what they told me when I talked to them, which was that we should expect it to rain into June this year. It would not be the first time he'd lied to us about having talked to an expert.
Wet wood

The pile is getting a nice covering of grass, which is not exactly how I wanted it to disappear from view. We've also got some interesting volunteer plants growing up there.
grassy pile

Like this lovely little flower...

And this cherry tomato.

We really need to spend some time whacking these weeds back, because there's likes of spiky rebar down there that could injure somebody who didn't expect it.
weedy mess


My poor magnolia is suffering, too, and I'm worried about losing it. I never intended it to spend six months in a container, with the prospect of a year. I was hoping to have it back in the ground by now. But, you know, when your contractor walks off the job all sorts of things get ruined in the mess.

posted by ayse on 06/16/05