Backyard plans, daffodils stealing the show

The back yard looks like a construction zone:

rock pile, back yard
rock pile, back yard

Here’s a closer view:

back yard with holes!
back yard with holes!

You can see my ugly but effective way of holding the shovel and rake, and the giant holes David dug for the kiwi vines. We have one male and two female hardy kiwi vines that have to be planted next to a pole and trellis to train them up on.

kiwi vine holes
kiwi vine holes

The whole character of the back yard will be changing. No more flower garden with a few flowering bushes. We’re integrating the gardens to include edibles. For instance, where I had dahlias planted in a raised bed last year I just planted two strawberry plants, and we plan to let the runners go, to fill the whole bed with strawberries. The dahlias will go in the cutting garden, next to the vegetable garden. We did a lot of gardening work this weekend. The cats were happy to have us out and about, and stayed nearby. Here is Mr Fluff in the back yard looking as blissed out as only he can:

Mr Fluff and daffodils
Mr Fluff and daffodils

Tater enjoyed the nice weather this weekend also. Here he is on his “throne” looking regal:

Tater in the front yard
Tater in the front yard

The main interest right now is the daffodils. Here are some close-ups to show off the variety of colors and shapes:???????????????????????????????

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a nice white daffodil with a spider
a nice white daffodil with a spider
a delicate white and pale peach daffodil, also with a spider!
a delicate white and pale peach daffodil, also with a spider–or two!

april 29 017Casey checked us out from the pasture:

any apples ripe yet?
any apples ripe yet?

Here’s the vegetable garden at the moment:

the walled herb "wheel"  with vigorous chives is in the foreground, but we've  decided to remove the rocks. You can see a cold frame and the spinach patch.
the walled herb “wheel” with vigorous chives is in the foreground, but we’ve decided to remove the rocks around it. You can see a cold frame and the spinach patch.

That’s all for now–I have one more week of classes, and then things will heat up a lot in the garden for me. I’ll be planting out seedlings, starting more seeds inside and out, planting the dahlias (which means digging a cutting garden out of the side near the vegetable garden) and doing lots of other garden jobs. Maybe next post will be a to-do list!

lounging around will definitely be on the to-do list!
lounging around will definitely be on the to-do list!
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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Michele Whalen says:

    Oooh good pics of the spiders Anne. You and David are working a lot and it’s going to be wonderful. I’m sure you’re happy that school work is almost done so you can down to the earth work you love so much. Be well my Friend!

    1. Hi Michele! Those spider pictures were sheer accident. But there are so many of them everywhere that it’s difficult to avoid getting them in some shots. I hope you can come by and see the garden in person sometime. And yes, this is the last week of classes. Hurray!

  2. Jeanne Daningburg says:

    Tater looks fantastic! Like a dark lion. And I can’t wait till my garden looks like David’s with cold frames, raised beds, wire to protect seedlings!

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