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Category: my gargen pictorial | Posted: Fri Apr 13, 2007 2:31 am

I am so ashamed that I haven't posted in almost two weeks. Shame. Shame. Shame.

Well, although I haven't posted, I have been taking pictures of my garden. I'm sure my not posting had something to do with the fact that most of the pictures I took were when the garden was covered in snow. YUCK! This horrible weather has got to stop! Also, when last I posted, we were to get mulch delivered and spread. Unfortunately, the supplier didn't get his delivery. We rescheduled it for the following Friday (Good Friday), but woke to one inch of snow with more to follow throughout the day. I wasn't really too enthused to spend the day spreading sh#t in the snow (another four-letter word, in my book!). And I'm not sure it would have been good for the plants -- cold & frozen -- to have warm mulch spread on top of them. So now we're planning to have it delivered this Saturday. The last I checked, the weather for Saturday is 10% chance of rain and a high of 35. Woo Hoo. Let me say that again: Woo Hoo. Yee Hi Yippee Kye-A. Am I looking forward to this or what???

As for the snow and subsequent frost, our magnolia tree froze. It was just starting to bloom and it smelled soooo good. DH even commented it was a shame we were going to get mulch (two weeks ago) because it would interfere with the smell. So much for that.

My crab apple looks blighted, but it might be okay. Seems to me that in previous years, the buds look dead-ish before they pop. And I think the lilacs will be okay.

My daffodils have been amazing. The snow and frost knock them down, and by mid-afternoon each day, they are popping back up. I did cut a bunch prior to the snow and it was nice having a bouquet inside to enjoy. I probably wouldn't have done that if we had good weather.

The garden, despite the weather, is really starting to fill in. That's the disadvantage of waiting so long to put down the mulch -- we have to take special care not to bury the plants. If we could have gotten it two weeks ago, it would have been so much easier. Oh well. Things happen for a reason.

The other "fun" thing that's been going on is this: as I mentioned we have a magnolia tree. It is in our front yard. The branches are very very low to the ground, and therefore we cannot mow under it. We've been contemplating what to do every year we've been here: mulch, low flowering plants, rocks. We finally agreed on mulch, so after I trenched it, I covered it with weed fabric. We get so many weeds growing under it, it looks like grass from the road, but as I said, it's too low to mow. DH had the good idea to stake it down with aluminum nails. We just happened to have a large box of 2" nails. So after I carefully cut the fabric to fit the circle (25' in diameter), I tapped nails into it every foot or so (I was using 3' wide fabric). Well, that was two weeks ago when the mulch was supposed to be delivered. Today we got one heck of a wind storm, and the next thing I know, there's sheets of fabric blowing in the wind. I grabbed everything I could think of that was heavy and threw it down on the fabric to keep it in place. So now it is covered with somewhat twisted fabric, planks, rocks, a scooter, a toy truck, and a wheelbarrow. It looks great from the road. LOL. (I'm sure some of you are thinking that I was nuts for using 2" nails, but you have to admit, it held tight for 12 days. I'm sure Mother Nature got a good chuckle out of that one.)

Okay, so that catches me up to date. The grass is getting greener thanks to a healthy dose of fertilizer. The bulbs I ordered from Brecks should be here soon. I'll try to get back here soon to post the garden pics. Have a great evening.

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