Re: [gardeners] Wednesday and not in the garden

Billie (
Wed, 5 Mar 2003 09:24:43 -0500

>The peach tree is starting to bloom and the mayhaw trees are setting
>fruit. The loquat has plenty of fruit for such a small tree but it
>doesn't seem to be getting any larger. Since I don't know much about
>loquats I'm going to have to do some research.
>Other than that the Shirley tribe are all doing well and life is good.

I finally got the courage to go outside and assess the yard (nothing 
major has happened, just that time of the year when everything really 
does look its worst) - the daffodils blooming pulled me out there...:)

Our peach trees are getting ready to bloom and the roses are leafing 
out some. The wisteria along our fence shot out one green tendril 
that looks like it got zapped in the ice storm. I did some pruning 
and "prettying up" in the front yard that I call "outside the fence," 
and my husband tackled the big chore in the biggest backyard bed - 
cutting the out of control buddleia all the way back. We should have 
done it sooner but at least it's done!

I'm hoping to use any dry days this week and next to make my way all 
the way around the yard. Then we start getting the vegetable bed 
ready - didn't plant it last year and we're all itching to this year.

I have a couple of big projects planned - get a strong, permanent 
arbor built over the window on the side of our house for the climbing 
roses; get our shed doors repaired; and make a final decision about 
turning the round herb garden into a fire pit (the kids love "camp" 
fires and this herb garden is such a mixed bag left over from the 
previous owners - azaleas, a huge rosemary, phlox, chives - it 
replaced a huge oak tree that came down in Hurricane Fran and I don't 
think the soil there is very good anyway). Whoops, that's three 
things! The list of ideas is a mile long but I have to deal with 

Keeping my eye out for the great blue heron that cleaned out our 
goldfish pond last spring... I send the Corgi's out there early to do 
guard duty...:)

We're all good as well. Wishing I could hire a team of cleaners to 
come in and do spring cleaning in one fell swoop.. (versus my doing 
it in dribs and drabs so you never get the effect of everything being 
done at one time!)