Garden Clean Up: Part 1-Flowers

IMG_20140702_200924305I garden more veggies than flowers, but I have a little spot out back at Big Sky Acres that was a junk pile when we moved in. Hubby worked tirelessly hauling stuff away and cleaning it up last year and when we were done we had a little piece of ground and a “charlie brown” tree left.  We left the tree as I had hopes for it becoming majestic some day.

 

I weeded my little plot early in the spring and then then travel began. When I finally returned last week and took a little ride out there to see the gardens I was very overwhelmed and distressed.  Obviously things were overgrown and I had a feeling of failure and never being able to “catch up.”  Not just in the flower garden but in every piece of land we have.  We have had perfect weather for growing and the weeds have responded appropriately!

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I thought “HELP!” when I saw that every garden was overgrown and you could barely see what and where the “real” stuff was.

BUT then I thought–“It’s a 3 day weekend!  I can play in the dirt and sunshine all weekend!”

So I loaded up Ms. Tupelo (my Kubota RTV that I have named, but that is another blog), and we began our step by step process of freeing the beauty that we knew was in there!

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So little by little I started clearing the way. I could begin to see progress and lots of pretty stuff in there.  The hydrangeas, hibiscus, day lilies, salvia, sage and more were all in there, just waiting to bust out!

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Hubby came back and cut the grass and used the weed wacker around the border and it started to come together.

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Jasmine hung out, enjoying a place to lay that was cut and mowed.  She didn’t mind that it wasn’t quite done yet; but it was looking possible!

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Here is my little flower garden all cleaned up and mulched.  I suspect my hydrangeas and hibiscus will now bloom. They already have new buds on them.  I fed them some fish emulsion and they see really happy.

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The sun was setting by the time I was done; it was a great boost to see this all fresh again.  The next day brought the reclamation of our tomato and pepper bed.  Another blog…

Happy unleashing in the soil today!

FGU

Snow is Beautiful!

DSC_0791Yep I said it.  Snow is beautiful! I love how it blankets everything in white and it is so peaceful.  I know it is cold and windy and our windchill is down to -14 degrees today, but I still love looking outside and just staring at it.  It also offers a great excuse for boots, baggy sweatshirts and lots of hot tea. So a farmgirl has got to ask “what is wrong with that?”

We took some pictures of our home with the snow that covers it right now. We have named our homestead “Big Sky Acres” since we can see sunrise and sunset from either porch; Big Sky Acres (BSA) is covered in white and well I just could not be more pleased to see this sight.

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The sunrises and sunset are so gorgeous amidst the sea of white in our view. Don’t you agree?

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Our driveway is pristine as no car can enter or exit!

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Here are some outstanding snow pictures from all around BSA.

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Jasmine loves the snow but she does contemplate the cold before venturing off the porch.

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As I look at hubby’s mom’s 1960 something VW Bug, I wonder if this is the coldest it has seen; somehow I doubt that.

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The shingles for the new sunroom are waiting for warmer days to get installed on the roof.  Right now they are in a deep freeze.

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And Gus the Rooster is standing tall and looking regal on top of the pole barn.

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Our deck is not only covered in snow but that is my commute every morning.  My office is above the garage and the entry point are these outside stairs.

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It is windy heading up there as you can see!  It is a short commute, but I am bundled up traversing it.

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And while I am enjoying a true winter, I love all the seasons.  As I look dreamily out over the white, I fantasize about green and vegetable starts and sweaty days in the garden.

If you are in one of the 31 states that is in the deep freeze, stay warm today. I hope you have a fireplace, a furnace, a hot bubble bath and some hot tea.

Happy Unleashing (to stay warm),

FG