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Garden Delights

A selection of thoughts and ramblings about life in the garden.

Friday, March 31, 2006

A Sunny Yellow Crocus Posted by Picasa

Spring Cleanup

Yes. Sadly it is that time of year again.

I spent about seven hours of the day yesterday doing this semi-unpleasant task.

I enjoy it for the most part.

What I don't enjoy is finding all those little projects that will have to go on the 'to do' list for the season.

And there's always a lot of those.

The enjoyable part is finding out how all of the little plantlings are doing, and watching the spring bulbs appear overnight and blossom.

Today will be mostly a chore.


Because a wicked wind is blowing and my nice, lightweight brown paper yard waste bag will be flying all over the place.

I will spend much time muttering curses under my breath.

But...at least I will be outside on a warm spring day watching the little jewels of the garden emerge.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Daffodil 'Minnow' Posted by Picasa

Albuquerque Update

Greetings to all!

It's been ages since I've been here.

Busy, busy, busy.

But spring has arrived. The crocus are blooming and the tulips are trying to make an appearance.

Time for spring cleanup.

But before I wander off into the jungle, I want to give you an update on all the little plantlings that journeyed west to Albuquerque.

Believe it or not, they appear to be doing quite well for the most part. Despite the transplant in the June heat and sun, many have survived. While I don't have a complete list, here's a few that definitely made it.

Artemisia, artemisia, artemisia. I planted it everywhere, and it's growing everywhere. Which is a good thing in Albuquerque. Many folks wouldn't think so.

Grape Hyacinth. One of those lovely spring bloomers that will spread with reckless abandonment. Which is a good thing.

Little daffodils. These little beauties are called 'Minnow', which is appropriate as they are very tiny flowers. They also like to multiply rapidly.

These are just a few. I also know that the hollyhocks are alive and kicking, along with the peach and apricot trees, the grasses, and a host of other things. Like the iris and sedum. Hopefully it will all fill in for my sister in a year or two.

One year for roots, one year to fill out.

This should be a fun year.