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Category: Garden History | Posted: Fri Apr 02, 2010 3:33 am

I have not been on line lately due to my heavy volunteering scheduling and my Master Gardener Course. Too many ropes pulling in too many directions. But I only have 3 more MG classes to go and the Alabama Master Gardener Conference (that my chapter was hosting) ended last weekend. So hopefully things will start to slow down.

Last December my crazy neighbor lady who lived down the street and is also a Master Gardener, came to me and asked if it was ok if she brought her garden club to see my yard and garden in April. I questioned the timing because even in the Deep South, April is not the best month to view a garden. While I knew they were coming it was not until last week that I was informed the date was April 6th, not the 29th or 30th as I had assumed. I have been spending every available free moment weeding and mulching and fertilizing and raking and trimming and everything else that I would normally do between March and May 15th.

I had MG class all day today, 'fruit trees and fruit in the garden', was the lesson. I hurried home and got right to work. Four days left and I came in after using the last of my cypress mulch - I had 40 2 cu ft bags just two days ago. So it's off to the nursery for another 80 bags. They are delivering 40 bales of pine straw (for my front yard) on Saturday.

My wife is home tomorrow and Saturday so I will have much needed help. I should have the last of the winter weeding done tomorrow, finish the mulching Sunday, and spend Monday touching up with the cutting the lawn, cleaning of statuary and other garden ornaments and buying a gun to shoot my crazy neighbor lady. My wife, who is leaving on another business trip on Easter Sunday, informs me that it is customary in the Deep South to put out lemonade and cookies for this type of event. As I write this she is digging out one of her mother's recipes for me to bake them on Monday.

The one thing that I have refused to do is put in my bedding plants as I am sure we are going to get one more frost before 4/15, we always do. The day lilies are really doing well, the double knockouts are in full green but will not be in flower, the hostas have broken through the ground and it is a lot greener in the garden than I expected, so it should be ok.

There is one major upside to this - by Monday evening, my garden will be in wonderful shape and ready for summer. I, on the other hand, will be totally exhausted and completely spent. I keep reminding myself, I could have said no!

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eileen wrote on Fri Apr 02, 2010 8:21 am:

Ahh but if you'd said no then you wouldn't have had all that fun now would you? LOL


daisybeans wrote on Fri Apr 02, 2010 11:05 am:

Ah, there you go. Always a silver lining, AG! I hope you're planning on taking us on a photographic tour of your garden, too! I'd also love to hear more about your Master Gardener course sometime.


gfreiherr wrote on Fri Apr 02, 2010 11:30 am:

Hi Jerry, I am exhausted just reading about all you have accomplished in a short amount of time. I think you weather is similar to our in that it will be a beautiful(and busy) four days for you.Will Felix & Oscar be romping about for the tour? It will be a good feeling to have everything ready and the you can do the fun part...planting flowers & annuals. You are smart not to plant before the 15th. I have bought some plants but only the pansies are in the ground right now. I know your yard will look lovely for the tour, it has good bones. Gail


Netty wrote on Fri Apr 02, 2010 12:31 pm:

Your garden sounds wonderful! I do hope you will post some photos :)


Jewell wrote on Sat Apr 03, 2010 2:08 am:

Despite the early work you will enjoy showing off your garden. Wish I was there to browse through the yard. I'm feeling I need that kind of push to get my weeding caught up. lol...


daisybeans wrote on Thu Apr 08, 2010 3:07 am:

How did the garden tour go?

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