|Joe dividing ornamental grass|
|Transplanting Ornamental Grass|
|Judy Clearing Trees from Cement Pad|
|My Favorite was the Second Piece|
|From WAYYYYY at the Back|
|Stephen and Kristen, after the Concert|
Now, to be honest, Joe and I walked around and around the property, seemingly for months -- Joe "explaining" his plan to me, -- me not really understanding exactly WHAT he was talking about. All I knew for sure was that one day we would have one heck of a lot of trenches, with a goal of running water to various parts of the property, and directing excess water to ponds from other various parts of the property, and running extension cords through conduits to provide "plug-in" capabilities around the property.... I added nothing to the planning, figuring Joe knew what he was doing and certain I'd be happy with anything.
|Maze of Pipes|
|Hose Connect at Pipe End|
|Joe Cutting the PVC Pipe|
|Laying the Pipe|
Meanwhile, we have been planting -- planting seeds, planting seedlings started in the makeshift greenhouse. I think we have managed to plant about 900 of the 1300 cells in which we started seeds. The gardens are starting to look like they might grow something more than the weeds that THRIVE in the tilled soil. I've been enjoying spinach from the small patch I started six weeks ago. I have no idea why, but the baby leaf spinach from the garden has NO bitter or irony taste like the baby leaf spinach I get in the grocery store. This is delicious! I've been eating at least one salad a day for more than three weeks now, courtesy of the single pack of seeds I planted.
|Front Garden -- Several Rows Seeded|
The peas FINALLY started flowering today.They are very sturdy looking pea plants, but I was beginning to think they were never going to flower. The big disappointment to-date are the grapes. Of the dozen or so plants we put in, so far, only one is putting on leaves. Hopefully, they will all eventually leaf out, but right now they look like a bunch of sticks in the soil. I haven't yet given up hope.
We have, of course, MANY more plants, trees, seeds to plant, but there is just NOT enough time in the day. I look forward to my morning walks to see what is budding, what is blooming, and what is fruiting. Ten of the twelve tiny little sticks we received when we ordered wisteria, and three of the twelve trumpet vine are now putting on leaves. All of the forsythia is taking off, and only one of the butterfly bushes is still without leaves.
|Fig Tree Lives|
|Single Miniature Rose|
|Flowering Three-Leaf Clover|
|Only Grape Leafing Out|
|Benson Hunting Under Azalea|
Tomorrow is supposed to be another lovely day -- perfect weather in the mid -70's after morning showers -- and I'm sure we will spend many more hours out in the yard, weeding gardens and finishing trenches. Suffice to say, by nightfall we are exhausted, but it is well worth the hard work. I especially look forward to the weekends when I can actually get out and work in the gardens before 5 PM. I suppose it might seem a bit odd that I have seriously considered scheduling vacation time from work.....so I can garden all day!
Happy Mother's Day!!
|Dorothy Rose Columbine -- Bloomed Today|