There is no other word for it: Glorious. Our weather is magnificent, highs in the 70sF, a mix of sun and clouds, calm, mild, just lovely. I know that can all change in an hour, but for these few days, it is wonderful. Everything is in blossom: lilacs, crabs, autumn olive, redbud, apples, magnolias, hawthornes, dogwoods...the air is like incense. You just want to bottle it all and, in the bleakest January, be able to uncork the bottle and inhale the essence of springtime.
I am trying very hard to take a little time to just "be" in the garden, instead of always working in the garden. Today, for lunch, I am taking a picnic up into the newest Asian Garden area and I'm going to spend a half hour just basking in this beauty.
I got a lot of the old carpeting cut to fit and put down on various garden paths. The veg garden paths are all but complete, save for a small stretch along the back that I need to weed first. I put down carpeting on a narrow curving path to the greenhouse, so that now that area is nicely defined. I'm planning to cover the carpeting paths with wood chips as I get them, but since all the carpeting is laid face down, it doesn't look TOO bad...white, but not too glaring.
Got a lot of my cannas and some of my dahlias planted. MUST get the elephant ear in the ground this week, as well as the well grown dahlias.
Over the weekend, I stopped at a local greenhouse and bought some annuals for the big pots. This year I thought I'd go with something more feminine and "frilly", so I concentrated on pale lavender and pale yellow colors, with pale pink. Got petunias and lupines mostly. I know these won't probably make it thru the full summer but for now it looks pretty. Last year my strongly colored theme was achieved with cannas, dahlias and geraniums, so that carried right through til frost. The lady who runs this greenhouse had a number of pots of finished up hyacinths that she was giving away, so I got four pots (12 bulbs) for FREE. Three are labeled 'White Pearl', the fourth is not labled but might be a pink (the blooms are gone on all). I planted 6 of the 'White Pearl' in my "Almost White" border, and 6 up here near the deck, where I can enjoy the fragrance next year.
Hop Vine: That thing is incredible. I've still not come up with a good archway over the veg gate for the hop vine to climb on, but I found a tall sort of "sign post" thingy that I got somewhere, and I thought maybe I could at least work with that. Propped it up near the hop vine just to get it out of the way: by the end of the day, the vine was already twining halfway up that post!! *LOL* I guess that's what the hop vine will be climbing on this year...
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