The first thing I did yesterday was make hummer nectar and got the feeders ready. I hung one in the backyard in its same spot, but I had to wait to hang the one in the front. I got back to the Patio Garden and finished cleaning that up. Here's the Patio Garden without the mimosa tree.
When Son arrived, we went to get feed and seed. I was hoping to get a few bales of pine straw, but they didn't have any. I did get a new pair of pruners. The last pair that I had are just too big for my hand, so these will be much more comfortable to work with. When we returned, Son removed the shepherd's crook from the Hibiscus Garden and put it in the First Natural Bed. Perfect. I hung the feeder there, and we can see it fine from the porch and out the windows. Then he put in the pole for the autumn clematis that I moved to the Cement Garden. While he had the sledge hammer, he busted up a stump that I've been tripping over for years. Do you know why he did that? He tripped over it! The next thing on his to-do list was to put two hay bales in the front yard for me. They were waterlogged and much too heavy for Hubby to be lifting. I pulled out the few weeds in the First Natural Bed and the Second Natural Bed and then put out the hay. That hay really saved me a lot of work this spring! The lorapetalum is showing some pink buds! I can't wait till it blooms.
This is the First Natural Bed. You can see the hummer feeder there.
Here is the Second Natural Bed. This picture is a bit too far away, but you can see the lorapetalum, the bench, and there's my pitiful camellia with its only one bud.
Here's a view of the Old Gourd Garden, which I de-leafed the other day.
One of the bales was rotted in the center. Whooppee! Black Gold! I scooped up as much as I could and put it in the Quarter Round. It looks quite sad right now, but I'm hoping the Mexican heather comes back and then I can get my marigolds and vincas going later.
It looks pretty good out there this morning, but the hay needs to settle a bit. Of course, I'm sure Sid the Squirrel will have a hay-day in it! That's eleven beds done and only eleven more to go! I was worn slap out after spreading the hay, and even though the wind was strong, I sat on the porch and admired my accomplishments.
Mission for today: De-leaf one of the smaller beds and enjoy this cool day.
Mar 26, 2010 | 7:07 AM PST
Looks like you accomplished a lot already this spring. But yes the priority is to make time to sit a spell and enjoy the birds, flowers and peace that comes in the garden with God's blessings.
Mar 26, 2010 | 12:55 PM PST
Looks lovely. You are getting some gardening accomplished, good for you. I wanted to today, the rain stopped and its sunny, but cold........only 42 here today. Dosen't look good tomorrow either.