Tuesday, April 09, 2013
Rites Of Spring
Well, I keep telling ya'll I'm gonna change up this blog or add some stuff or blah, blah, blah and I haven't done crap! I will one day. There's just so much to distract me right now with this wonderfully warm weather and sunny days. Jack is already tired of the warm but I'm not. I'm soaking it up like an old, dried up sponge that got kicked under the sink and laid there for a year or so before somebody found it. And then you throw it in some water and it poofs up!!! like a petrified blowfish! That's me alright! Poofed up and prickly. LOL!
My sweet Jack took it upon himself to bring any big stones he finds up to where I'm building that flower bed. I didn't even have to ask. He's all the time running around with the ol' Deere mower there and his little cart, so he scoops these rocks up and puts them in the cart. That thing IS handy for such I tell ya. Saves a lot of wheelbarrowing.
And I took a good bit of this past Sunday to work on the flower bed (it's getting close) placing more stone, filling in with topsoil and moving a few plants around. Anytime the shovel comes out ZuZu is right there beside me. She knows what that means! Lots of bugs and worms and she doesn't have to do the digging! She inspects everything before I can fill any hole or place any root ball and talking up a storm the whole time. I wonder what she says; whether she's complaining or expressing her pleasure as she must think I do this just for her. She gets so enthusiastic I'm often afraid I'm going to chop off a toe or two (hers) when she jumps in a hole unexpectedly. But we've been safe so far!
This is just more gratuitous blooming photos. See how I layered the 2 blooming plants to get like, bloom overload. The reddish blooms in the foreground are a decorative crabapple I think. The past 2 springs have turned ugly with late frosts and got this tree before it could bloom properly but this year it made up for all that. Just loaded with big, full blooms. Maybe it will eventually get over 7 feet and actually be a noticeable part of the landscape.
And lookeeee!!! the asparagus are just starting to poke their little heads up!! I don't think I've ever been so enthused over a plant. Hhmm, maybe I need some more excitement in my life. Oh well. For some reason I thought the asparagus would sprout sometimes in early March or so but after reading a little I determined that April and actually May is normal. I also read that you should pull the heavy winter mulch off the asparagus at the first sign of warm weather. Does anybody else do this? I pulled about half the layer of mulch off and as I did this I discovered the few shoots coming up.
I also read that most fruit should be mulched with pine straw, so I've been working on that. I knew it was good for strawberries and blueberries, so they got a new top coating, and also went around the border of the garden mulching the grapes, raspberries and figs with it too. Do any of you use pine straw on your fruit or something else?
Sooo, lots of stuff going on around here and I'll have more to show before too long. I promise I am working on some stuff in the house too, so maybe a post about that soon.