Saturday, April 10, 2010

Heavenly Day

Today was an absolutely beautiful, gorgeous, lazing in the sun day! I hope it was as wonderful where you are. I just puttered around the house working on whatever came to mind.

My back had decided that it is angry with me for moving some of those big, steel braces you saw on the tilt-up panels at work, so I couldn't do anything particularly strenuous. In fact, even though I thought I was taking it easy, by the end of the day I was reaching for the Aleve again so I may have to rest more tomorrow. I did manage to mill up the very last of the cypress for the exterior trim on the clerestory area. However, I am still going to run short and will have to make a run to the lumber dealer to get more. That's fine because I also want to have him mill my shelves for the pantry. Now that I am working again I'll have the money to purchase these things. I did hope to install this trim tomorrow, now that I have it primed. We'll see.

I took a little time in the morning to plant a few new species of flowers along the retaining wall where I park. Most of these are natives I have just gathered from my land but I did buy a few that will stay small and I thought would look good hanging over the rock edge.
Please make strawberries this year!! I fertilized these well this year (with an organic fertilizer) so maybe they will produce. They seem to be getting off to a good start anyway.
And look at my fig tree!! I have two actually and this one has a wee little fig on it already. See it down towards the bottom? I fertilized these also a few weeks ago and they seem to really be winding up for a growth spurt. This is their third year so they should be really taking off soon. I don't care much for preserved figs but I LOVE them fresh; right off the tree.
My apple trees are also getting off to a good start this year and I purchased 2 raspberry plants and planted them within the garden fence. I think I need to add about 2 more for a good crop.
Well, tomorrow is supposed to be just as nice a day so I plan on staying outside as much as possible. Hope you all are having a good weekend too.

*Patty Griffin


Anonymous said...

It was a great day for doing anything outside. I planted stuff too, shared and bought. Enjoy your day, Tiger Balm is a great thing for sore muscles. Lower Al.

edifice rex said...

Hey Lower AL.! i have often wondered if that Tiger Balm stuff worked. The problem would be getting it on my back by myself!

Anonymous said...

I think we all got blessed with some great weather the past week.

So strawberries take time to produce? I put some in a few weeks ago and just starting to see signs of life.

Well my raspberries & blueberries are off to a great third year. I can taste that pie now. puts a banana split to shame.

The sun awaits have a great day.

The Virginian

Eutychus2 said...

Congratulations on your labors .......many blessings I'm sure are in store!

edifice rex said...

Hey Virg! yes, I think most strawberries don't produce much until their 2nd year. I can't wait for my raspberries either; hope they do well.

Hey Euty! good to hear from you.

Floridacracker said...

Wow, those strawberries look great ... really healthy!
I worked in and out this weekend. Replaced a flourescent light fixture in the kitchen only to find it's deeper than the old one and the decorative cover/diffuser won't fit over it!

edifice rex said...

Hey FC! I hope those berries are healthy and grow, grow, grow!

Beau said...

Wonderful pictures... that retaining wall is really nice. And I want a fig tree! I don't know if there's one for zone 5- that will be great when you get some fruit eventually :)

HermitJim said...

Glad to see you are getting some nice outside working weather for a change!

It is really looking good around your place, my friend!

edifice rex said...

Hey Beau! thanks! I would think that fig trees would grow up where you are but I've read that you have to lean them over and bury them in order for them to survive the winters.

Hey Jim! thanks!!

Robbyn said...

I'm loving those plants you've planted...can't wait to see them through the seasons :)