a little back yard project

The back yard had three small beds on the south side. I decided to consolidate. First I re-arranged the rocks to make one continuous wall, then I brought in some old horse manure, and last planted and added a layer of wood shavings mulch from the stables. Here’s the before and after:These last few days…

My birthday week

This past week I turned 55, and the garden gave me a lot of “presents”. This morning I walked around the garden with the camera. Now blooming: PROJECTS: David built a new garden “gate”. Here is Mr Fluff trying it out. It’s an old screen door and it swings both directions. Very handy!In the back…

grading break!

This morning before coming to the office to grade final exams, I walked around the yard taking pictures. First, some narcissus photos; they are still stealing the show in the garden, with the early ones faded but new ones just starting to open. The tulips are also in full bloom now. Some are being stolen…

creating a little patio corner garden

I got this idea because we don’t sit in the corner, and it just called out for a little raised-bed rock-lined garden. I stopped by a local nursery and bought $35 worth of annuals to plant there.Then I realized that, although this corner faces south, because of the growing elm and maple trees on the…

Mother’s Day annual garden party and potluck

This is really, for me, the sign that the gardening year has begun. Of course I am out there weeding and edging and raking to get the garden spiffed up for visitors, but the Mother’s Day party is the curtain opener. It’s partly because it always coincides with the last week of the semester. Yes,…