OT: Garden progress II


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
great.
Hugs and good gardening,
Sunny
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Sunny
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" Thought I'd update you folks on the progress of our garden rebuild. DH
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Polly Esther
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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Ginger in CA
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, Sunny
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Sunny
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. Polly
"Sunny" Polly, I'm certain they know they're loved. I talk to my plants,
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