Thursday, May 9, 2013

In The Garden

What a busy week it’s been! Cr-a-zy. I’ve spent so much time in the garden that the animals dropping by are no longer wary of me. I’ve got a chipmunk that hangs out a couple of feet away, a robin that follows me around hoping I’ll dig up some worms, and a rabbit that’s gotten comfortable.

This comfortable:

In addition to dropping by every day to see what there is to eat, s/he also naps in our backyard.
I’ve worked so hard that I’ve got aches in muscles I didn’t even know I had. Like deep in my butt cheeks. Gardening work manages to exercise these otherwise neglected muscles. Which isn’t such a bad thing.

But I digress...

There is a lot of be done. Last year with the severe heat and drought, the garden suffered. Particularly our front lawn.


Yes, it’s this bad.


Personally, I don’t give a rat's ass about lawns. Can't stand their pretentiousness and their upkeep. But you know...the neighbours. Ours is the worst lawn, and a petition would inevitably arrive. So we ordered a big bag of soil, picked up a couple of bags of grass seed and began to rebuild.

We finished the bag and have ordered a second one.
I helped with the reseeding, but hubby did all the hard labour. He’s totally exhausted. I hope the lawn turns out nice for his sake.


Last year, we planted a baby cherry tree, and I was worried that the difficult summer would kill it. But the little stinker not only survived, it thrived. It’s filling up with foliage, and it is flowering!


It took awhile to get here, but spring has finally sprung. And the garden is just as happy about it as I am. Within a short period, the trees and shrubs have started to fill up.


The bulbs have all risen.


The perennials are growing.


And of course, weeds...sigh...

We don't weed like we should. Hubby mostly mows them down.
I'm sure the neighbours are not happy with us. Let me play my violin to that...
There are a lot of flowers popping up around the garden, and I will be sharing photos of them in future posts. So stay tuned for more...


Have a lovely day, everyone!

39 comments:

  1. That is one comfortable rabbit (or he might be ill). Our lawn is parched too; watering at the right time of day so the water doesn't evaporate too fast helps a bit, but this heatwave has been harsh. Deep in your butt cheeks huh? Sounds kinda sexy actually ;)

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    1. Hahaha...at least it sounds sexy! Maybe I'll have buns of steel by the time this gardening season ends. That would be great!

      That rabbit is okay. S/he is just very comfortable in our yard. I assume that some of my plants will get eaten this summer!

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  2. Busy, busy Martha! That bunny is actually LOLLING (which is what I used to think people were doing when they typed LOL!!!)
    Aren't lawns a bore? I wish we could plow them up and just have wildflowers.
    Keep calm and garden on!

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    1. That, Kay, is what I'd love...wildflowers! I can just imagine how beautiful that would be. I don't think my neighbours would like it. In fact, I've no doubt that sooner or later someone would complain about it!

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    2. I will have to show you the ox-eye daisies that come up in our yard, and Richard carefully goes around them when he cuts the grass. We love them! Most people think of them as weeds but they are really lovely. We wish our whole yard was full of them.

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    3. Ox-eye daisies are gorgeous! I can imagine a field of them. Take some photos and share them on your blog. I'd love to see them.

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  3. Our "lawn" looks like yours. But I don't have neighbors so I'm contemplating planting flower seeds instead of grass seed. So there! :)

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    1. No neighbours...lucky you! I say go ahead and plant those flowers seeds!

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  4. PS -- I thought that rabbit was dead, not sleeping.

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    1. S/he had her eyes open until I started snapping photos. S/he was keeping an eye on me. And s/he is alive and well!

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  5. How lovely, Martha! I just love the picture of the rabbit, s/he looks like it has been working hard too, ha ha. Yes looking forward to more photos. And I'm hoping the summer is garden friendly this year!

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    1. Yes, that little rabbit works hard at eating plants in my yard! S/he drops by every day, eats, snoozes and hangs out with the other critters. Such an adorable little creature. I'm very much hoping for a better season. Last year's heat and drought was horrible.

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  6. You're like Snow White with all the forest animals following you around - LOL! We have the same problem with our yard and the 'neighbor factor' ... I try to ignore it, but well you can't always. But looks like you guys have it well under control! happy growing :)

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    1. Hahahaha...that is hilarious! That's a good thing. Better that they follow me than run away :)

      Yes, when you have neighbours, it isn't always easy to ignore it. I do hate lawns, but, the neighbours...sigh...

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  7. I love the bunny! *Meh* @ the neighbors... dandelions always remind me of my children running in the door with a fist full and their beaming smiles as they held them out to me saying "I picked these just for you Mommy!"

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    1. My kids used to do that, too! And sometimes those little hands would be holding the dandelions so hard that they'd be crushed and wilted. But I still acted like they'd presented me with the most wonderful bouquet in the world and place the dandelions in water. Such precious memories!

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  8. That's all I'd do with weeds in the lawn too. Weeds are green. I figure they blend well enough! I abhor the idea of lawns anyway. One day I dream of a front yard that's totally xeriscaped.

    We had a bunny sleeping under our tree last night. Soft,cute little things:)

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    1. That's the way I look at it! They blend in, so what's the problem? Hahaha...

      I like rabbits. They are so cute.

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  9. I am the King of procrastination when it comes to the lawn. Hate yard work.

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  10. The first thing we did to our place was to remove all grass/lawns....front and back. Then we got to it! It probably has involved way more work than 'lawn care' but it is what we preferred. Plus we live outside the city/suburbia, so we could do pretty much what we wanted with out those 'neighbours' stares'! You guys would be great neighbours to have!

    Love that rabbit. and you have a 'pet' robin too!

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    1. Good for you, Jim! Sounds like such a great idea. And I would love to have you all as neighbours! I think we'd get along great and have fun together!

      Hahaha...yes, I seem to have a pet robin. He's awfully cute.

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  11. I hope your lawn turns out, I don't have one but my sister does and I know how hard she works to keep it up and also her garden.

    That is a cute rabbit! The ones around my building run as soon as they see you. ;( I love bunnies had one as a pet once, she was so cute.

    Your flowers are coming up nice! Even though I know it is a lot of work I wish I had a yard.

    Alice

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    1. I didn't have a yard until we moved here in 2009, so I was very excited to finally have it. It is a lot of work, but well worth the effort.

      I love that little rabbit. S/he is the cutest little thing.

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  12. As Jim said, no grass up our a**, LOL!!

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  13. I hear you, Martha, about the achy muscles! I love your rabbit and the fact that your lawn isn't "pedicured and perfect". Although having said that, I was out digging the dandelions out of my yard along with the little prickly thistles that were starting. Thanks for sharing your pics of the garden. This is the perfect season!

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    1. We are far from having the pedicured and manicured lawn...LOL! I don't have the patience for it. I can spend hours on end working in the vegetable and flower beds and not complain. But if I remove two or three weeds, you'd think I was being tortured...haha...

      That little rabbit is adorable, but I have a feeling my veggies are not going to do very well this year!

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  14. Screw the neighbors! You've got a lovely garden going on there:) Gardening is a great workout - I can't wait to own my own house one day and get starting. The soreness is butts is NO JOKE! Take a nice bath with some lavender, xoxo!

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    1. Baths are the best. I've soaked a couple of times already this week and it has made a huge difference!

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  15. I thought that rabbit was dead, it's your garden let the neighbours worrie about there's.

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    1. That rabbit is alive and well...and eating away in my garden!

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  16. Very little popping up here yet! Thanks for sharing your pretty posies! People in my neighborhood are starting to rip out their sod and replace it with xeriscaping! A prolonged and extreme drought is driving them to it. Kentucky blue grass does not belong in the Great American Desert! Have a good one.

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    1. The people are smart! Kentucky blue grass certainly does not belong in the 'Great American Desert'!

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