Wednesday, May 14, 2008


i've been busy with one of my hobbies - gardening - for the past few days. mostly i've been potting annuals. i've still got some plants to get in the ground, and a few flower beds to clean and mulch.

flowers - red/white, violet, & pale yellow petunias, wizard mix coleous, lobelia, hibiscus
the usual greenery - spikes, asparagus fern, elephant ears, dusty miller

i've got a few hostas that survived their first year here! and the iris that i brought with us that is in full bloom right now. and some moneywort that mom gave me is thriving. wow, that stuff is aggressive! future plans include terracing the yard with a rock wall, a vegetable plot, and berry bushes. troy wants some grapevines so he can make wine. i'd love some fruit trees for pies. how holly hobbie is that?! we are also going to clean up the gravel drive edges somehow, and take out a few ugly cedar trees.

one of them is enormous. when you start to fell a tree that large, you can't help but wonder if it's the right thing to do. we've waffled back and forth on this, yes, cut it - no, we can't... in the winter it's like a giant christmas tree, pretty, all covered in snow. but the rest of the year it's an eyesore and the ground underneath is pretty muddy from all the shade.

i've been birdwatching and have already seem a hummingbird sampling this year's selection of blooms! we've also had cardinals, bluebirds, finches, woodpeckers, turtle doves, cowbirds, chickadees, and bluejays. the bluebirds are new to me, i've never had any on my feeders anywhere else. last year for our anniversary, troy bought us a purple martin house. so far, zero. but there's still hope!

1 comment:

Yarni Gras! said...

don't you love seeing all the birds come to your yard? We had hummers too but a storm blew them out....a few came back but most headed for Mexico!


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