I spent eight hours in the yard today. A days work. I didn't think I would get as much done as I accomplished. A reminder to do in the fall what sensible gardeners do. Clean up all the leaves and pots. Throw away mums that have bloomed and I won't have to spend possibly days cleaning up the yard. I enjoy seeing the after but, doing it was not fun. My to do list: clean pots out on the step, clean pots out in the yard, cut what little grass I have, rake up old foliage and leaves from the fall; apply polyurethane to the planter, plant pansies, and start top coating flower beds with fresh soil. I don't plan on finishing the topping of because I need to mix the soil with manure. That will be another day.
|Oh what a beautiful morning. Oh what a beautiful day...|
|There has to be a better way. There is, fall cleaning.|
|This was taken last week. I checked every day so I didn't miss them opening. They bloom for such a short time.|
|They have been dug up by squirrels. I can see the roots. They're tough and still bloom. They put on such a show for such a little flower. I think I need to force some of these inside in the winter|
|All of the gardening has worked up my appetite. Since I didn't eat breakfast what about brunch?|
|Have a bite.|
|Minus the two largest. I normally save the largest ones for my daughter. I like to hear her ask,"where did you get the large strawberries from"?|
|Almost ready. I just need my cup of milk and my sausage patty, yum. Now back to the yard to plant pansies.|
|Much better. Polyurethane applied and pots cleaned.|
|Yellow foxglove winter sown. Glad to see something grew. I knocked over 2 containers today cleaning. Not good.|
|One of four heuchera (coral bells) that looks good. The others hardly survived. It was a tough winter.|
|Garlic still surviving.|
|I have to do something with this, what?|
|You can't kill sedum.|
Some observations made. One out of three black eye Susan's I planted in the fall have came up. Both veronica I planted are budding out. No activity on two clematis. No echinacea in site yet. Canna is supposed to be hardy in my zone 7 but the one I uncovered in the planter was soft but still formed. I didn't dig it up though. The bleeding heart and fern I planted last spring have broke the surface. What do I want to do with the yard and out front this year? I want a different boarder around the flower bed. I thought this would be done during the winter. That was hopeful. When was the ground free of snow? I don't have a lot planned except planting vegetables and some shade annuals for the flower beds when available in the garden center. I haven't started any vegetable seeds but I did buy one cherry tomato, one red bell pepper, a blueberry bush, chives, sage, and another herb I can't remember.
When the weather warms up the annual seedlings will go into the pots and flower beds. I will start on the window boxes soon. I put bulbs in one planter. Maybe not next year. The squirrels have been having a feast. What they didn't dig up they bit up the leaves. I never thought of squirrels in a window box. The camilla I kept on the front porch during the winter looks dead and so does the one in the yard. The crepe myrtle looks beaten. The fig tree cuttings, I don't know. I hope you enjoyed my day in the yard and hopefully spring has sprung in your area in you're outside in your gardening space.