Friday, April 26, 2002
Today it was dry, although a bit chilly. Didn't do any planting, but I did fix the entry arch at the main gate. I repositioned it, pushed it in and tied the roses on either side to it with twisty-ties. That should help stabilize it so it won't blow over so easily. The north side red rose canes go over the top of the arch, but not quite down the other side -- yet. There are quite a few buds forming on them -- that should make the arch look very nice soon. The rose of unknown color I'd transplanted to be on the south side of the arch doesn't look so good -- no leaves still although the stems seem to still be alive and are a greenish brown. I should've used rooting hormone to help it along when I dug it up in the fall -- oh well . . .
The south President Grevy lilac has been blooming since the heat wave last week, but no blooms from the one on the north side of the arch. The blooms are mildly fragrant and a very light lilac, almost white in the sun -- I'd thought President Grevy's were supposed to be a much darker & bluer shade . . .
The Arp rosemary between the lilacs and the arch on the south side seems to be alive -- I'd written it off for dead but I saw a few green leaves today, so I guess it did indeed manage to survive the winter. The one on the north side of the arch seems to be doing fine -- it is very obviously alive, unlike its south side sibling.
The primroses I planted last year didn't come up -- oh well -- but the lilies of the valley are coming up and getting ready to bloom soon -- I saw quite a few buds today.
I tied back the forsythia at the gate to make it easier to get through -- next winter I'll be pruning it much more than I did this winter.
Sunday, April 21, 2002
Created a few windowboxes yesterday for the front steps -- one was of salmon pink and yellow tuberous begonias, the other of coral pink impatiens.
It's been soggy lately, so I couldn't do much yesterday or today. If I have time today, I'll make another window box of the coral pink impatiens. It's rather cool too, but for me that's better than the mid 90s and high 80s we've had the past week. Go to summer, go directly to summer, do not pass spring . . .
Saturday, April 13, 2002
I've created this blog as a record of what I've been doing in my home garden since I'm really good at forgetting what I did when.
I'll probably include various thoughts (garden-related or otherwise) in this also from time to time.
Hopefully I'll be able to make this gardening diary somewhat interesting to read -- or at least not deathly dull . . .