Sunday, April 22, 2018

a week of springtime - garden news

in which our plucky heroine enjoys spring temperatures, before the heat hit later this coming week...

Yesterday my dear pal Thora came down here and did basically two days work in one, weeding and moving things around and cutting back the grass and weeds in the backyard and front. She groomed the sword ferns that threaten each year to take over the north side of the house, so now I can get past them into the backyard on a clear path. All the scrap fencing and lumber that had to be moved to remove Stupid Deck is now neatly stacked up again and out of the way until needed. The funky old plastic hose and reel went out by the curb with a "Free" sign taped on. Even the old rotting raised bed framework has been removed, and the yard is like a blank canvas, well sort of, for me to consider how best to configure it for future usefulness. Still need to somehow flatten out the lumps and divots, which will take time, and if Acorn Cottage ever gets to the top of the ChipDrop list, the chippings will help even things out as mulch. One can hope.

The front yard has a mostly shaded garden bed alongside the front ramp, and assorted feral and purposefully planted spring flowers are making me smile right now. There are the last remnants of the hellebore, and though the white violets are finished, now there are the pinky-purple ones, and still some grape hyacinths, and sleepy-dicks, and white and blue wood hyacinth.
There are buds on the black elder out in the parking strip, and signs of life on the currant shrub. The rhubarb has responded nicely to the heavy feed of worm castings and has actual largeish leaves and at least one nice thick stalk.. I am hoping that with further feedings it will finally turn into something substantial enough to harvest from. Sadly, it looks as if something killed most of the top half of my star magnolia. I need to make waterers for the baby pine, the baby apple, the baby quince at the very least, since they will all be needing supplemental water this year and next, as the weather warms up. Hopefully there are a few unused white buckets lying around... drill a small hole in the bottom, and fasten skeeter netting over the top and they will serve to gradually irrigate the trees. I may look for one for the persimmon as well, since if I water it all summer, it may reward me with fruit.

April SMART goals (x=extra)
1 celtic enamel pelican bathrobe shouldersbag to Goodwill
2 trapunto knotwork taxes donebag to Goodwill
3 pliers rackapple tree pruned spare lawn mower
4 charter #7 tunes moved old hose and reel
5 xAesa clothes mended -
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