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So my parents closed on a bank owned house on Friday. It needs a lot of work, and we have been over helping them. The inside got to a point that they didn't need me anymore so I went outside to tackle the garden. As I walked out I cussed myself for not bringing any tools.
Although as I sat there pulling the weeds by hand I started to find treasure in the millions of weeds. By the time I was done with the first flower bed I had cound 2 hydrangas, 3 roses, a holly and a bunch of pansies. The hygrangas and roses someone had been mowing over and they were small, but they had a good root system and looked healthy.
My mom came out to see what I was up to see what I was up to and she was so excited.
I am glad I forgot the tools because I would have never seen the plants for all the weeds...and it is always nice to find treasure.
We are most certainly having spring weather. I woke up this morning to the pouring rain. Having grown up in Iowa I know a good storm when I hear one. Although here in W Washington we just don't get them. I turned on the TV to verify my suspicion. I was correct, we had almost an inch of rain since midnight. For us that is a lot...usually our rain is measured in hundredths.
So out to the garden I went after getting ready to check all the drains. Sure enough had to get all the crud off of them. The silly neighbor's trees have those long chain type seeds that are shedding everywhere causing a mess. Don't like the trees to begin with and I really don't like them in the spring or the fall or the winter for that matter. I had the same trees in my yard, they were all cracking, the tops had broken out of a couple and they just weren't meant for the amount of water we have. The neighbors say that 2 of the trees in my yard fell down when the house was empty. So I took them out, but couldn't convince the neighbor to do the same. So every time the wind blows hard I worry that they will fall into my house.
Some day they will have to have an arborist come in with a crane and take those silly things out. That will be the day I happy dance. None of the neighbors like them.
So enough on my soap box about the silly trees...got the drain cleared and by the time I got home today the sun was out and the plants were basking in the glory. Always nice to see the garden in the sun after a rain. Seems like the plants are just rejoicing. Seems spring is just one of the most perfect times of the year.
Hope everyone had a great day and a chance to enjoy their gardens.
In trying to get back into the swing of gardening I was filing my pictures and trying to see where the garden was previous years verses this year and the difference is this year is 2-3 weeks ahead of last year and the year before.
The plants getting bigger and my need to fill everything in has helped too. It will be interesting to see what next year looks like. Also doing the garden dairy and keeping track of the weather and how quickly the garden perks up in the spring.
Been busy but this makes me want to make more time to get out there.
This was taken April 24, 2008.
This was taken April 14, 2009.
This was taken April 19, 2010.
So I tested out the new camera...really like it, as it has a wide mode for taking close ups of flowers. Hope you enjoy.
The wide is really nice to get nice and close to the flowers.
I'm up early today...can't sleep...there is a heavy layer of frost on the rooftops and the sun is coming up over the mountains and shining through the trees. Was a clear night overnight and is supposed to be a clear day today. This morning I am off with the garden club to a wholesale nursery. Once a year they open the nursery to the public by appointment only. So I am off to shop and then off to lunch with some girlfriends. Then home to play with my new toy. Got a new camera, with wide angle and a better zoom. I will be trying it out in the garden this afternoon. So much is blooming right now. So I will probably be posting pictures later today.
While I am out there today I need to get the spring seeds in...hubby got the beds ready, I just need to plant. So much to do...thankfully it will be a nice day to do it.
Hope everyone has a great day !