Wonderful Wednesday Personal Blog
Is there a better notice that Spring is near than sweet daffodil faces? Last fall I planted a variety of daffodils. Our winter was so mild, they started blooming several weeks ago.
Lots of flowers I consider annuals survived the winter. Petunias have greened up and are blooming their heads off. The gerber daisies decided to winter over, and the purple one is in full bloom, while the yellow one is lagging a bit behind.
Every day, actually, every moment in the garden brings something new. The basil and lettuces in the little greenhouse are coming along nicely, and the tomato plants will go out in a few days. The lilac bush has leaves AND flower buds. I LOVE lilacs! The roses have put out new shoots and even the hydrangeas have tiny leaves beginning to sprout on their limbs. I have to admit this is my favorite time of year.
Today's project was to help correct a drainage/erosion issue near the front porch. The land slopes and allows soil to wash from the front yard, across the driveway, and into the carport where it settles in a muddy swamp to navigate on our way to the cars.
My thought was to put gardening trim along the edge of the driveway, then I filled it in with top soil and planted ajuga. They won't grow very tall (except the flower stalks, and that's fine with me), and will be very traffic hardy once established. Here's before and after:
The ajuga will spread quickly and fill in the space, and should hold back the soil that washes downhill. I'll try something similar a bit uphill to minimize the erosion. Right now, I think I need to find a couple of stepping stones to help navigate the path.
It's the beginning of March, and I pulled the swimming pool out today. Granted, it is a lovely, sunny day, and the high will be around 70, though the dogs were panting when it hit 55 this morning, but it seems odd to have the pool out while the grass hasn't made much of an appearance yet.
But the dogs loved it!
As I watered the plants this morning, Freki kept playing in the water spray. So, she rather talked me into pulling the pool out of storage. I am now responsible for keeping it clean(ish)-- I mean, really, it's muddy 5 seconds after I wash it out-- and filled. Spring is here.
The calendar says it's February 21. We're likely to have cold temps, ice, and/or snow next month. But if you ask the flowers, it's spring.
I planted a variety of daffodils last fall, and two of them are open. Others have fat buds getting ready to burst open, and I'll collect their photos as they bloom.
Last weekend, I spread compost over the garden area to take advantage of the (hopefully) rain we're supposed to receive this week. I've planted red onions and garlic in the bed already, and will start some seedlings this week.
Here are a few signs of spring at my house:
Gerber daisy (such a mild winter, they survived. I will trim the dead leaves once I'm sure winter is over. Right now, they're insulating the plant)
Oh, and dog hair. If the dogs are shedding, is the cold weather over?
(And Freki's already been to Sonic for ice cream. She says it's never too cold for that. She also keeps eyeing the swimming pool, but I think that's rushing things a bit.)
What, if any, signs are you seeing at your house that Spring isn't far away?
I've been wanting to show how well our new boy is doing, but getting photos of Gunnar playing with Freki has been a bit of a challenge.
They play just fine, if a bit rambunctious, but the instant I step outside, they abandon their activities and come bounding up the steps, bringing me balls to throw. Freki brings the basketball, Gunnar loves the soccer ball, and Ben has fun with the Jolly Ball.
And taking photos through the storm door is a task for Photoshop as I'd rather filter out the noseprints on the glass.
So, here is a brief pictorial of how this works:
What is your dog's favorite game?
It's a lovely morning, though it will be hot again later. I don't think it could be much drier. The sprinkler is on, for all the good it does. I now have a nice assortment of muddy paw prints on my floor to clean. They are rather easy to see as the sun hits them on the dark wood floor.
The dogs have had their run and are settling in for a snooze. They had a merry game of tug and chase with the small Jolly Ball. Since it has a rope through it, they can pull it back and forth. At the end of it all, though, it is Freki's ball. According to her.
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