This time last year, I didn’t even have a garden, just a whole mess of bare soil and a rock-strewn outline for my garden border . . .
Even now, Im amazed at how far I’ve gotten . . .
Once that Magnolia matures, it will become a lovely focal point for that side of the house. I am so impatient for results, but I often forget that it’s only been a year since I started!
I checked in on my Cherry trees. (They are a bit hard to see-the base is surrounded by scalloped concrete forms). The Black Tartarian doesn’t seem to have broken dormancy yet, but I did see a few buds starting to swell on the branches of the Bing.
The Georgia Peach started showing green first, about four days after I planted her (she is in the middle of the curve in the first picture).
The Methley plum is probably going to take the longest-no buds, no sign of life whatsoever. So I notched her a bit with my nail-still green inside!
Only one of the free Forsythia plants has begun to bud. The other one is lagging behind. But on the bright side, it seems the Acidanthera has finally emerged from the ground! They look remarkably like Gladiolus when they first come out-sharp, pink blades, followed by a green blade in the middle that splits the pink blade . . . and thats as much as I know! I’ve never grown these babies before, so I’m not sure what to expect from them.
Forsythia Corner is still looking scruffy, but I like to check on her progress from my son’s third story bedroom. Its a comforting view, makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something even though my pregnancy is at a point where I really
shouldn’t can’t do any more active gardening.
I also planted a few Sky Junipers with donated Azalea plants, and a few discount boxwood. They are progressing very slowly, and most of the Azalea have perished-I didn’t realize before that they needed to be in a sheltered area. I have placed them on the windiest spot in my entire yard
Oops! At least one of the Delaware Valley White has survived. I will be moving him early next spring. He’s going next to the Belle of Georgia Peach, where he will eventually get a little more shelter.
Well, when you have eight free Azalea, you try not to complain when five of them appear to have died. After all, that’s still three free Azalea . . . for some reason I thought they’d be easier to care for.
Iris Hill is still around! She ain’t perty, but she is very effective in keeping my kids from sliding down that bare patch of eroded soil. My husband is frustrated at the small patches of overgrown grass here and there, and insists he will “mow the whole thing down” if it gets bad enough
I think the look he gets from his hormonal, pregnant wife is keeping him at bay.
Remember that pot of free Hens & Chicks? I had more than 80% of the pot transplanted, and now look at it!
Its previous owner was totally right! These poultry are no paltry problem! I need to find someone in the KC area who wants some fowl . . .