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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Gardening Days

Like all good farmers, we have to make hay while the sun shines.  I spent much of today on my hands and knees.

We are not early risers or all that quick when we do rise.  We plan our day based on the weather forecast. Our first priority is to do our fitness walk. So, up at 7:30, get the newspaper and check email and Facebook, eat breakfast, and we are out of the house somewhere between 8:40 and 9:15.  We have a walking route in the neighborhood that is 3.35 miles and takes us a little over an hour to complete.

After a cool down and a shower, we are ready to tackle that day's tasks. Monday that includes a little house cleaning and doing the laundry. We were out of milk which signaled that it was time for me to do some grocery shopping. 

Today I was ready to go out and work in the garden by 10:30. My job today was to do the edging of the lawn. It is finally dry enough to get down on hands and knees and clean up the edges. 
 This was my stopping place at 4:00 this afternoon. Tomorrow is another dry, warm day, before it rains again and gets cold again on Thursday. I'll get the job finished and get that crossed off the list. 
 Along with cleaning up the edges here, I trimmed the ivy growing on the ends of the raised vegetable beds. 

 Crawling along gets me up close and personal with what's popping up and blooming. The tidy look is also my reward. 

Yesterday I worked on getting the greenhouse emptied. Not much left except the dahlias that will replace the tulips and Tom's struggling tomato seedlings. 

I planted out the echeverias Tom raised from offsets of last years plants. 

I picked a-little-of-this-and-a-little-of-that bouquet for the kitchen table. 
And this afternoon, between 4:30 and 5:00 I actually sat out on the patio and read my Kindle! 

The sun was warm and bright.  Our tulips are almost done, but this orange and purple group glowed in their final burst of glory. 
The columbine are beginning to open. 

And I saw a few of Tom's Mason bees working the apple blossoms.
Spring gardening days can mean hard work, but, oh, the rewards!


  1. How big is your yard? It sure is beautiful.

  2. I had to laugh...we call anything before 9AM early :) neither of us are morning people. Your gardens are looking good:)

  3. I can tell by your words how much you love gardening and how it makes your spirit soar.

  4. So beautiful! Lots of hard work but such a reward, as you said. It has been lovely, so I guess I'll reconcile myself to a soggy walk in the rain on Thursday. I know by know I don't melt. :-)

  5. What a beautiful garden you have. You have made your own paradise.

  6. beautiful and immaculate describes your garden and your reward is enjoying it. We had rain all last night from a sudden storm and it was a welcome sound in our desert climate!

  7. Edging takes a lot of work but sets the beds off very nicely. You have some lush vegetation.

  8. "Like all farmers...make hay while the sun shines...we were out of milk." I almost expected to read that it signaled it was time to go out to the barn and milk Bessie but all farmers know that that would have happened way before you even woke up. So much is happening in your beautiful garden right now and your crisply-edged beds look marvelous!

  9. Such a joy to visit and see your beautiful garden.

  10. Sure does sound like hard work, but as you mentioned, what a joy your garden is to behold.

  11. It looks so neat and pretty where you've weeded. You have such a beautiful yard. I love that group of orange and purple tulips!

  12. What a satisfying life! Thank you for sharing.

  13. I have to smile when you talk about taking a fitness walk. Your life is a fitness regime. What a beautiful yard you have and all your work is evident.

  14. Hey, Linda! Sorry I haven't been by in awhile!oh, my goodness, your gardens are absolutely gorgeous! I know it's a lot of work to make them like that! I'm envious. It's still cold here, and at the moment, we are having torrential rains. For like five days! No sun in the forecast until Saturday. Oh me, oh, my! Stay well! XO

  15. So true! The rewards almost and I said almost makes us forget about all the hard work. Your yard is wonderful much more tailored that my wild area.


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