Monday, April 12, 2010

Busy, Busy, Busy...

If you've never experienced the joy of accomplishing more than you can imagine, plant a garden. ~ Robert Brault

Yay for Monday! This weekend exhausted me, lol...

Yesterday was gorgeous here (if you ignore the 30 MPH winds): sunny and pretty warm -- near 60 degrees.

DH decided at 8 a.m. that we had to go to Lowe's and get stuff, so off we went. We came home with a nectarine tree, several tree rings and the burning need to get that tree and the peach tree we bought a week or so ago into the ground. I only had that one spot cleared, so off into the woods I went, shovel and clippers in hand.

This spot was near an oak tree DH had downed a few years ago, so I was continually hitting some big tree roots. And rocks!! Dear heavens, were there rocks! Finally DH came to help me do the harder stuff, and my job was to roll the rocks out and sift through for blueberry bush and mountain laurel roots.

We finally got both trees planted, and then decided to move one of our apricot trees, so off DH went to dig another spot. This is a fairly big tree, so we're hoping it will survive the move -- but it was planted FAR too close to the apple trees we have, and as a result neither tree is doing well. Since the apples are even bigger AND are producing fruit, they got to stay where they were.

DD worked on her woods garden some more as well, adding all the various bulbs and tubers I found while digging spots for the trees (a few years ago, I lined the edge of the woods with rhubarb, irises and daffodils -- all deer resistant).

So, a busy day, but a good one.

How was your weekend?


Brandy commented yesterday that she'd love to plant bulbs but doesn't know how. Let me tell you: bulbs are the easiest thing to grow, without exception, if you choose the right flowers. Here in NH, some types have to be pulled out every fall because they aren't cold hardy (calla/canna lilies, gladiolus, and dahlias for example) so I don't plant those. I'm a lazy gardener -- I typically focus on perennials and not annuals because I don't want to spent my days planting.

Here in NH you plants your new bulbs in the fall because they need to harden through the winter, but I don't know all the rules for various zones. I'm sure it would be easy to find out.

I plant daffodils, crocus, tulips (not my faves, because they don't always flower year-to-year), allium and whatever those cute little blue and purple flowers are around my mailbox. This fall, I'm adding hyacinth.

You dig. You pop the bulb into the hole. You cover.

Then, like a miracle, when the time is right, the bulb grows.


Easy peasy.

Even better, every year, they make babies, so you have more and more flowers every year!!

Brandy, you should give it a try.


You Are Royal Blue

People find you difficult to understand. In fact, you often find it hard to understand yourself.

You think so much that sometimes you get lost in your own thoughts!

LOL... it's pretty darn close!



MomJane said...

I am listening to the gale force wind and heavy rain this morning. No gardening for me today.

Maria Zannini said...

We were digging holes all weekend too--putting in the fence for the chicken yard.

We put in 12 posts, but at least there weren't any rocks. :o)

Brandy said...

I may give bulbs a try this fall. I'll be able to tell the top from the bottom, right? *g*
I was Navy Blue and it so didn't fit me.

I hope you have a pleasant day!

Dru said...

I had a lazy weekend, I think.

You Are Ocean Blue

You're both warm and practical. You're very driven, but you're also very well rounded.

You tend to see both sides to every issue, and people consider you a natural diplomat.

--this describe me

Have a good Monday.

MaryC said...

Marianne, I need a nap just reading about your weekend. I grew up in the suburbs but for the last 30 years I've been a city girl. I envy you all the trees and flowers.

Ocean Blue for me - I love the ocean so I'll take it. :)

Hope everyone is having a great day.