Thursday, August 23, 2012
Sometimes it takes me awhile to get into that wonderful garden state .. the one where time stops, energy increases and I just keep moving things around .. but sometimes it’s just well worth the wait.
Yesterday was a day of going hither and thither and yon. (are those really words?)
And finally, time to put on my garden costume and step forth into the yard.
With all my recent plant purchases, I’ve amassed quite a pile of plant pots. These need to be completely sorted, put in bags and then I’ll list them in the local Free section of our Used Victoria and hopefully an ardent gardener will come by to claim them.
I used to save them all for future propagation, but realize that I was simply hoarding them. My precious plant pots, ha ha ha.
So that’s on my to do list today.
I had moved about a yard of the Miracle Mulch (sometimes I just call this my Magic Mulch .. same thing!) onto a tarp in the back yard. This was where I headed yesterday afternoon. Soon I was mixing this with bagged manures and then shovelled this onto the other side yard. And here I began placing the final lot of my recently purchased perennials.
Looks lovely, but no pictures yet. I’d placed landscape ties against the edges of this area but finally decided that the neat and tidy edging didn’t fit with the natural flow of the plants, so moved them to the back yard. Ah, yes, this was much better. Now I feel the yard can breathe .. no structure here.
Noticed that the grass is now growing quite well around the paving stones that I carved into the yard .. soon it will be lovely and green in this area.
Visited my recently planted Tea Rose .. and see the leaves are burgeoning all over! Hard to believe that when I’d seen this plant at the store last Thursday, it looked as if it was on the fast road to the compost heap. The sales clerk had swiftly trimmed away the dead leaves and soon I could see about 20 little areas of new growth.
Took it home (after I paid for it, ha ha ha ), planted it and with a liberal dose of that magic elixir, EM .. it is now sporting a vast array of leaves and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if it were to grow some lovely fragrant roses soon.
Itching to dig in the potato patch . .how many taters are left there for me to find? Feels like a treasure hunt as I gently probe the garden fork around the base of the raspberry plants .. where the darned things have grown.
I stop for a while, looking at the rich, beautiful mulched soil that is now here .. thankful that my hard work of gathering oak leaves, spoiled hay, compost, aged manure, spent hops .. all combined to create such a wonderful growing medium.
What a treat to finally see the red skin of the potatoes peeking out from the rich dark soil. Sheer magic, I feel! I gathered up the remaining crop and put them in an old white enamel pot that had belong to my DH’s grandfather. He used to garden a fair bit and I’ve been lucky enough to have some mementoes from his hobby.
I have two zucchini plants and a few are growing from these .. so I pluck one to take inside for cooking.
The pea plants are nearing the end of their cycle .. fun to see the peas growing in their pods, distorted and twisting with the energy of their growth.
Lots of tomatoes, but still in the green stage. Strawberries are still flowering .. fingers crossed that these will grow into ripe red fruit.
Lots of dreams and hopes lie in my garden .. and time to go out there and play again for another day.