Monday musings including a weekend recap and time in the garden.
Good Monday morning friends, today it is gray and rain and cold are on their way. The coming weather is the antithesis of the beautiful sunny, warm days that we enjoyed Saturday and Sunday. The 70 plus temperatures are typically not seen here until June and while I am enjoying them I was hoping to enjoy a little more cool weather before I have to turn on my air conditioner.
As I mentioned last week, the garden centers are bursting with early plants and people. Much like the crocus and daffodils that are slowly emerging after a long winter, we are slowly making our way out of our cosy, warm houses and into what promises to be a beautiful Spring.
Our weekend was spent in the back yard. while not a jungle it is a miss mash of plants, bushes and more all set in beds of pine straw. In fact our entire yard is pine straw, at some point parts of the landscaping had grass but it has been covered by the previous owners.
Over the years each family has put their stamp on the house and the yard, some choices were practical and beautiful and others questionable and frankly hideous. I find myself both anxious to create my vision, while exercising patience while I learn about the plants, the soil, and the property, and a bit overwhelmed the scope of the project.
All of this is to say that I am covered in scratches, my hands are blisters and full of splinters and the back yard is j-u-s-t starting to take shape. Literally, because our first task has been to tame and trim a ring of boxwood and holly that surround the property. I have not counted them but there are about 90 boxwoods, apparently the idea was to create a “fence” to keep a previous owners pets in the property and off the golf course. They have not been trimmed or cleaned in years and are filled with pinecones and pine straw.
We are making progress and are about half way around the ring hopefully by next weekend that task will be completed and then it is on to the next task.
Now that I am a novice gardener I think I may need this t-shirt.
I am also watching several garden shows that you have suggested, thank you for the tips, keep them coming. I love learning and appreciate any and all suggestions.
Ukraine has not been out of my mind and I am praying for a miracle as I am sure that you are as well. I am not sure what we can do except to donate whatever we can, pray, and offer our time to organizations to who are assisting with food, clothing and more. Please feel free to share any organization that you have made a donation or that you know needs assistance.
I hope that you had a wonderful weekend and that you a great week ahead.
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