Along with the three types of garlic that came in, my daughters' flower bulbs arrived. The tulip collection included 10 bulbs each of Orca, Pinksize and Brownie, and 8 bulbs each of Black Hero, Pamplona and Vanilla Coup. There was also 6 bulbs of Gardenia Daffodil. So while I was having fun working in the … Continue reading Fall planting: the last of the flowers, plus other progress
Of all the stuff that we ordered for fall planting this year, the garlic and the grape hyacinth were the two things I wanted. The rest were chosen by my daughters. Especially my younger daughter, who is really interested in flower gardening. No surprise that she was eager to get out there today, and plant … Continue reading Fall planting: snow crocus
No, none of our giant sunflowers are blooming, yet. In fact, we didn't even plant these ones. Bird seed and deer feed we've been leaving at one end of a flower garden have been sprouting. Much of it is in the grass and gets mowed, but right under the platform feeder, we're letting them grow. … Continue reading First sunflower!
With this being our first attempt to do any gardening since we've moved back to my family farm, we are learning quite a lot. One of those things is, there are a lot more rocks in the old garden than I remember as a kid! I had broken up some of the hillier parts that … Continue reading Garden stuff update, and shortened term plans
Today is Sunday, which I try to keep as a quiet day of rest, but of course, the morning rounds must be done. After putting kibble out for the yard cats, I paused to enjoy some of the flowers that have come up in the old kitchen garden. Though we covered the entire area with … Continue reading Morning … flowers?
I am so happy I was able to get back to working on this today! It is now basically finished for this year! Here is where I started today. I loosened the soil and leveled off the space where we could fit 1 more of the chimney blocks. In the process, I realized that I … Continue reading Old kitchen garden, retaining wall progress
After finishing up at the old wood pile, there was time enough in the day to start on the retaining wall at the end of the old kitchen garden. Here is the start of it. We have not been able to get those metal fence posts out, so I was thinking of putting this first … Continue reading Old kitchen garden, retaining wall progress
Today, I broke out the riding mower to work on the outer yard. Although I don't intend to focus on any clean up out there, we do still need to keep parts of it mowed. I started by "framing" out the areas I wanted to mow, mostly for access. You can see how tall it … Continue reading Outer yard mowing – a sadness!
With all the yard work we've been doing over the past while, I've been really appreciating all the blooms. The ornamental apple trees and plums are long since finished blooming, but now we have all sorts of flowers, scenting the air! Right by the sun room door is this white rose. There are others in … Continue reading Yard in Bloom
This morning, I made a point of walking around the yard to see if there was any damage from the storms. We're all still very wet - enough that our sump pump has actually turned on! - and everything is so wonderfully green! First order of business was to clean out the cat food containers, … Continue reading Status after storms and rain