Sunday, April 9, 2017

A Blustery Gardening Day

After yesterday's sun breaks, rain showers, hail and cold temperatures, we were promised a much milder day today. Well, they were half right. It was warmer, and the sun shone the first half of the day. But unfortunately, right around noon, the wind kicked up and blew hard all the rest of the day. It made it feel much colder than it was and also aggravated my tree pollen allergies too! But I really wanted to get a little gardening done, so we still ventured outside. I started by weeding two full trugs out of the first new flowerbed. As you can see, I have just started weeding this one and there is a lot more work to be done. But at least it's a start.

Then we moved onto the big flowerbed in the front of the house.We weeded maybe 1/3 of it today. It was exciting because we discovered a number of plants that we thought had perished during our cold Winter, are just starting to send up their first green shoots of the year. After weeding for awhile, Dad helped haul in 8 buckets of Nature's Best to fill in some low spots near the back of the bed.

Then we planted our newest purchase; "Pokey's Pink" flowering current. Mom and I first saw it a few weeks back at Down to Earth and admired its soft pink blooms. Later she returned and brought it home.

It is a nice contrast to our other current and its vibrant hot pink blooms. I noticed this last week, while it was still in its pot sitting out on the sidewalk, that the hummingbirds were visiting its blooms. We are hoping that in future seasons it is a big attraction to the hummers, as well as a lovely sign of Spring for us.

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