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Catching up

Well, my last post was about how far behind I have gotten in my garden and as evidenced by my lack of posting, I am still behind.  I was able to do a bit more this summer- I weeded out my beds several times and planted some wildflower mix to help cover the bare spaces in my gardens and keep the weeds at bay.  Other than that not much has been done.  Life got in the way agin this year with taking my RHIT exam in February and studying for my CTR that I took this month.  Both were needed for my job, but I am happy to say I am done with tests!!! It is a little late for my garden this year, but I plan to spend some time over the winter coming up with some ideas for next year.  I’ll post some pictures of my sad-looking flower beds in a few days and would appreciate any input anyone can give.  I am ready to get my hands dirty again!

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Everything is beginning to green up and start blooming.  Along with the grape hyacinths and daffodils,  The hyacinths, periwinkle and Dutchman’s breeches are blooming.  Next in line to bloom looks like the creeping phlox, bleeding hearts and soon the lilacs!  Yeah, Spring is here!!

I did a few things outside today- pooper scooped the yard (something I look, oh, so forward too),  a little weeding (I have a hate/hate relationship with Creeping Charlie, but I will prevail! I hope.) and trimmed my butterfly bush that is along one side of my house.  I don’t like to take the butterfly bushes back before winter because I have lost one to cold, so I wait until the spring.  I am hoping this one flowers this year.  I planted it 2 years ago and it hasn’t bloomed yet.

I also put together an arch for my clematis.  The one that was there rusted and collapsed over the winter.  I want to build something more permanent, hopefully something with benches to sit on, but that will be awhile, so the arch I used was a cheap one I bought at Big Lots a few years ago.  Hopefully it will last 2 years like the last one and then I will be ready for my dream arbor.

It was nice to get out and get some things done.  I have a very short attention span when it comes to gardening so my goal for the summer is to get outside and do something for at least 15 minutes 5 days a week.   This way I can accomplish something instead of giving up by July and letting the weeds take over.  We’ll see how I do!

Spring has sprung!

I think spring is finally here!!!

 Today has turned out to be a beautiful day and this weekend is suppose to be even better!  I took a stroll around my yard to see what was coming up and what I could do this weekend.  The hyacinths were beginning to bloom before the cold and smell heavenly.  I really need to plant more this fall.  The lilacs are starting to leaf out and the forsythia is beginning to bloom.  I love seeing everything coming up; it is part of what makes Spring my favorite season.

My plans for this weekend aren’t very grand.  I need to do some trimming, pooper scoop the yard and do something behind the garage.  The area behind the garage usually ends up turning into a mess each year.  It’s where my compost bin is, but there is so much area it gets very weedy.  Eventually, I would like to put a little brick patio in there, but for now I think I will lay down some cardboard to keep the weeds from growing.  I am sure I will find a lot more to do once I am outside, but this sounds like a good beginning.