OT: Garden progress II

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Thought I'd update you folks on the progress of our garden rebuild. DH
spent the weekend finishing up the irrigation system layout. The two
of us together (he did most of the work) planted most of the plants we
saved from our old gardens. Surprisingly most of them survived just
fine and many thrived with just being stuck in a cardboard box lined
with a garbage sack and filled with potting soil. Go figure. We had
fun deciding where to put things. Now they have plenty of room and
incredibly good soil ($400 a truckload, and don't call it 'dirt' in
front of t he truck driver -- it's 'four-way planting mix for
vegetables and ornamentals) so they should grow like crazy. Of course,
there are a good number of new plants joining them and some spots will
wait for fall because High Country Gardens is out of a lot of what I
want. Fall planting for rootlings is probably better anyway than mid-
summer, which is also known as 'hotter-than-hell season'. Actually,
our nights cool off to a really comfy temperature and a light breeze
usually whips up once the sun goes down.

I'll post photos tomorrow, and I'll come back and post a link here.
Really it just looks like a bunch of little plants stuck into
dirt. :)  DH is going to be taking up the brick path he has laid out
so he can put down sand or some other stabilizer. We plan on planting
thyme between some of the bricks at the top where we will have a
seating area and along the paths between the stepping stones. It's
going to be pretty and lush, probably by next summer.

Thanks again for all the support and caring and good thoughts and
prayers. I have felt the energy coming from you, and the love. It's

Hugs and good gardening,

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It is indeed amazing how cherished plants can be temporarily tossed into a
cardboard box and survive months of being homeless. Don't you just think
they know they are loved?   Polly

"Sunny" <...
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That sounds like a lot of work, but it will definitely be worth it.
It'll be a nice thing to have a photo history of the graden re-do, to
review in the future. Have your neighbors been keeping tabs on the
progress, also?

Glad to hear of the plants survivng like that. They had to be healthy
to start with! My mother had a wonderful green thumb and would take
half dead plants from anyone and nurse them back, and had some
wonderful specimens around her yard. Me, cactuses and succulents are
my forte.

Ginger in CA

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Polly, I'm certain they know they're loved. I talk to my plants,
indoor and out, all the time and stroke their leaves lightly and tel
them how much I want them to grow and be healthy. When I plant
something, I talk to it the whole time I'm putting the roots in the
soil. Yes, it looks crazy as a bedbug. It's just the only way I know
to behave with another living creature. Ginger, our neighbors couldn't
care less about our yard. On one side, they spent three years and
untold thousands of dollars. rebuilding their house, constructing a 3-
story garage/photography studio and redesigning their yard to add a
water feature and a landscaped hot tub. Their main comment about our
yard since the first day we moved in and right up to the most recent
conversation I had with one of them was to encourage us to cut down
our 70-foot tall line of gorgeous poplar trees (there are 5 in all) on
the edge of the wash next to us (these trees provide afternoon shade
and cool our entire yard) because the trees block the view from their
balcony of the mountain they own across the way. Yes, they bought a
mountain. It's a local landmark known as Castle Rock and it was
threatened by developers wanting to put million dollar homes around
it. Anyway, they see us as basically sort of cute and pathetic. The
neighbors on the other side have three children between 6 and 13. They
play soccer, baseball, football, lacrosse, take dance lessons, art
lessons and are in various scouting groups. They haven't  thought
about anybody who doesn't live in their house for 13 years. :)

Ginger, just to let you know -- it takes a special touch to get grow
cacti and succulents. They may be hardy, but they are also delicate
and if you can grow them you can consider yourself a fine gardener.

Photos aren't ready. I'm having a bit of a balance issue with breaking
in the new pill. It apparently could go on for a long time. I'll send
one of my sprouts out to take photos as soon as one is available.

Hugs to all,

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We had such a bitter winter.  Got down to 20 and stayed there about 2
weeks.  Nothing unusual for most places but this is the Swamp! for heaven's
sake.  We watched treasures go down one by one and there wasn't anything we
could do to protect them.  But.  Today I saw such a precious miracle.  An
elderly plum tree that looked dead, dead has a branch shooting up about the
length of a yard stick.  She lives.  She is a happy place for the bluejays.
We are just so glad that she knew she was important and loved.  Happy day.

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