Jan 30, 2010 | 6:24 AM PST
Well, this is not good.
Nothing was happening when we got up this morning, but around 7 a.m. it started sleeting. Now the ground is almost covered. That sure didn't take long. It's still sleeting now, but Hubby was determined to go out and feed the chickens!
Just day before yesterday, I was sitting in this sunny spot. I don't think I'll be doing that today.
It's not supposed to get out of the 20's today. TWENTIES! What the heck?
My poor tea olive all covered in ice.
I guess we'll miss our dump run today. Snow on the drive is one thing, but slicky sleet is another. We'd be in the ditch before you could say . . . oops.
I know that this is nothing compared to what some of you endure all winter, but this is supposed to be the sunny South!
It was a nice enough day to walk down the hill and get a picture of the house from about the same perspective as the original picture in '95 that Son found.
From out in the road at the bottom of the hill -- 2010.
I had to get halfway to the house before you could see it.
It's funny how there wasn't a thing in the front yard, and now it's full. All those shrubs that you see aren't in front of the house in a bed but in the Butterfly Garden. Beside that is the Hibiscus Garden and behind those beds is the Natural Bed with other shrubs that you can't see.
It's amazing how we never noticed the woods have grown up around us.
We've had quite a few cloudy and rainy days lately. We had 1.3 inches of rain last night. We went into town earlier this morning and low places and creeks were flooded! All these dreary days have really put me in the mine of spring. The only picture that I could find of the mimosa was this one:
They definitely make a mess and are relatively short-lived, but when they are blooming, they are wonderful. They perfume the air and the hummers just go crazy for them.
While I was looking through pictures, I found this one. Pitiful!
This is what the house looked like November 1, 1995. We were still trying to clean up from the Hugo damage in October 1989. We lost a lot of trees during that storm. We didn't get around to landscaping until later. Now, the trees that were left are tremendous, and we have twenty-two flower beds all over the place with two mimosas in that space in the front yard. I'll have to see if I can get a picture from the same angle for a comparison.
I have always been able to tat while watching television, but my mind must have been on spring too much or the exciting game during the football playoffs yesterday. I was working on a "Springtime" bookmark that I designed and ruined one of them. I had made some huge mistake and had to start all over, but I got one done.
I hope that everyone has a wonderful day and blue skies.
Jan 23, 2010 | 2:12 AM PST
Thanks so much for your offers of mimosas, but I have plenty of seeds and come spring, I will have plenty of volunteers. They will be popping up all in the lawn and flower beds. Out of the six mimosa trees that I have left, the one that we had to cut down was the most beneficial one. It provided the much-needed shade to the beloved front porch. I haven't gotten a picture because it's been rainy for the last few days. It just hit me. The mimosa was where I hung one of my hummer feeders so that we could see them from the porch and through the front window. Oh, no! We'll have to rig up something in another tree, but it won't be as close for viewing. Well, I have from now until April to figure out a new hummer site.
The mimosa tree in the Patio Garden that started dying last summer is now gone. Son came last week and cut it down. (Once again I forgot to get before pictures. Heck, I didn't even think to get an after. Maybe I can remember to take one.) I wouldn't let him do it in the fall because I still had plants blooming, and I wanted to enjoy them as long as possible. Those perennial petunias kept blooming through December. I thought that they would never give up, but with week after week of temperatures in the teens at night and barely getting above freezing in the daytime, they finally stopped blooming. After he cut it down and took away all the limbs, the cold weather broke, and it was warm enough to get out and clean up the Patio Garden. I cut back the petunias and discovered that I had winter weeds and grass all in the cracks. Evidently the creeping jenny had a field day growing, and you could barely see the patio stones. It took a few days to get most of it done, and I believe that I could work every day for a month, trying to clean up the wood chips and the mess. Once I had things clipped back, I did discover quite a few cilantro plants that were hidden.
Everyone who has stopped by has lamented the loss of the tree because they all loved porch-sitting, watching the birds and admiring the flowers. This means that our beloved porch will be in the hot sun this summer. I don't want to put up shades of any kind. That defeats the purpose. It would be like sitting in a box without the panoramic view. Also, I'm going to have to kiss my little shade garden good-bye too. It will be a new adventure this summer, figuring out what to plant there, but that's the nature of gardening.