Busy little bee – that’s me!
Haven't posted a progress report in a while because I've been busy! Spring has sprung here in southern Oklahoma. My Lord, I even had to mow the yard last week. *considers* Probably need to do that again already. *hates spring weeds* Around here, there's two events that gardeners of both veggies and flowers watch and wait for before planting the garden. The first is Easter. We've been known to have an Easter freeze from time to time, but if Easter weekend is nice, odds are we won't have any more cold weather. The other event much anticipated is the sprouting of leaves on the pecan and bois d'arc trees. These two trees are rarely, if ever, fooled by a late frost. My family has owned this house since the mid 70s and, to my knowledge, the pecan tree in my front yard has never been wrong. So imagine my absolute GLEE when both events happened at once! This weekend has been absolutely beautiful with temps in the mid-to-upper 70s during the day and around 50 at night. Then I took a good look at my pecan tree this afternoon and saw LEAVES! Little green sprouts of life and SPRING all over the tree. Lovely, lovely GREEN. I immediately called my mom so that she could tell my step-dad that it's TIME. LOL She informed me that my step-dad put out his veggies just this afternoon. Here in my little speck of Earth, there's been lots going on. No photos yet because I've got about three different projects going on at the same time and things are still a mess. Photos when there's something to actually look at. The rose garden I've been planning since last summer has been dug, planted and mulched as of today. I now have 19 roses in my yard, with a tree rose on the way. About half of the roses came from my mom's garden. She had them planted in sand, which they normally love. But the sand was at the bottom of a hill. Every time it rained, the area would flood and no matter what Mom did, she just couldn't get the area to drain properly. The poor roses were sitting in pure muck. Now I'm hoping they'll be much happier - once they get over the shock of being transplanted, that is. They're all looking rather puny at the moment. I've given them all a nice drink of a root stimulator and I water every couple of days if it doesn't rain. Still, they're all wilty. That's to be expected, though. It's what I get for taking so long to get the rose garden ready that the roses had already come out of hibernation. They should spring back pretty soon. Some of them really need to be treated for fungus but I'm leery of doing that right now when they're obviously in shock already. Older Son's herb/pepper garden has been expanded and planted. In addition to the rosemary and Greek oregano, he now has Mexican oregano, Italian oregano, basil (not sweet, but I don't remember the exact variety. It's got small leaves.), dill, thyme, and six jalapeno pepper plants. We're excited to try the different varieties of oregano to see if it actually has a noticeably different taste. Wednesday I was finally able to lay the patio in front of my porch. Eighty 12" concrete paving stones later, the muscles in my arms were calling me very ugly names. I left about an inch of space between the paving stones. Around the middle of this week I'll empty bags of ready-mix concrete onto the patio and sweep it into the cracks. Then I'll turn the water hose on it and have what I hope will be a good-looking patio to take care of the low spot that's always gathered water in front of my steps. Younger Son has his own garden this year - a first. It's ready for planting, but we've been waiting on the pecan tree. We'll get to his garden this coming weekend at the latest. My garden needs a bit more work, but I should have it ready for the weekend. Oh! I planted a tree! It's the first tree I've ever planted so I'm very proud of myself. It's a weeping redbud. (The link goes to an image from Google.) The redbud is Oklahoma's state tree and don't you know nearly everybody and their dog has one. I latched onto this one because I haven't yet seen another locally. Unlike other redbud trees that can become fairly decent-sized, the weeping redbud will only get about 8' tall at most. It's definitely a specimen tree. I'm very excited about watching it grow and form more of an umbrella. Photos of this one very soon because it's starting to bloom right now and that's not to be missed. :D