Monday, February 27, 2012

Drip drip Drop

Today it's a cold rainy sort of day and as I look out my window at the gently falling rain bringing life back to the garden I couldn't help myself and started singing that famous song from Bambi, you know the one. Only my daughter butted in and reminded me that this was still February and not April. She has to be so technical doesn't she and ruin my moment. Well I just went ahead and revised my song and sang away!

 Spring has definitely come early this year thanks to a very mild winter even for here and I am not complaining. Usually if we have warmer then usual winters I complain as I like it to be cold when it is supposed to be cold and vice versa...though the versa rarely happens here...but for some reason I'm not complaining this year. I have really enjoyed the warm weather sitting out on my swing taking in the warm sun with my dog Toby, the spring like breezes gently blowing. So relaxing! The only thing that would make that even more enjoyable however would be leaves, grass (green grass that is) and flowers to enjoy at the same time. The grass is really finally to come to life though those darn weeds are too but hey their green maybe I should just ignore them? No I don't think so, though they may be green they drive me INSANE insane I tell ya and I must go around the yard pulling them up! What do you do when those spring weeds start popping up? Do you just ignore them and are happy to see something with color in the yard/garden for once or are you like me death to weeds, they must go?

There is still a ways to go before I have flowers but hey at least I will have a pretty green lawn to look at while I'm waiting right?! I do have some other things popping up up right now...
A white Daylily of whom I forgot the name
New leaves emerging from one of my hydrangeas
A blurry picture of some chives from the herb garden
I also have some larkspur coming up and the yarrow is looking really nice too. Being in the south many of my plants don't die back completely they just don't look fresh if you know what I mean. Many of them are summer flowering and they are still not happy with the cool nights. But it won't be too much longer for them to wake up too.

I love's the start of a new year and like a garden you never know what that new year will bring. I don't know what a day brings forth or what tomorrow holds but I know that for me by God's grace I want to first above all do all I can for the Lord Jesus Christ and I know in him I have nothing to fear though this world wants to try to frighten me! I am also anxious to see what comes back this year in the garden, to get my hands dirty again. To smell the roses once again and take the time to enjoy them this year, something I really didn't do too much of. To begin the new addition of the sun room and enjoy the extra space and have my friends and family over more. In fact to just try to slow down in general this year, last year was too crazy too many trips, too many events, and a lot of stuff that just couldn't be helped. I don't want to waste time this year as much as possible either. There are days I seriously want to toss out every electronic device in my house! Ever feel like doing that? Time wasted with nonsense that fritters our time away that we can't get back. And here I am on the computer! *sigh*

Well enough of that, I am going to enjoy the April  February showers God has provided for today! ~God bless and have a wonderful day! 

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

New year and lots of changes....

Boy, it sure has been a long time since I last blogged. I had to take some time off. There was too many things going on in my life (trips, sickness, injuries, deaths, family issues, ect) this past year to even try to continue blogging never mind gardening, though I had only just begun. I am hoping this year will be a little more relaxed...I hope. I am anxious to get back to gardening.

 I still have my "girls" and they are all doing very well. My Easter Eggers have finally started to lay once again. They haven't laid since fall and I was growing a little concerned they might not lay again but I have received about 6 eggs from the two of them this past week! It is so exciting to go out and find their beautiful blue green eggs in the box.
This is Prudence one of my Easter Eggers taken last year.

 My garden has hung on despite my lack of attention to it. Right now it is still flowerless, brown and bare despite the unusually warm weather we have had all winter.  However, the roses are leafing out even the grass is FEBRUARY! Spring is going to come very early I'm afraid. I guess we will see what happens. The thing is I just read in the paper the other day that warm winters means pest explosion. Not what I want to hear! I guess I know what I will be doing all spring and summer. *sigh* Oh well I will just be glad to get back out there. I still have a plum tree and 4 roses still waiting to be planted. I am having a hard time trying to decide what to plant where. I just sit and stare hoping a great idea or plan will pop into my head but nothing yet....

 This year we are also having a sunroom built out where our large patio is. I am super excited about this for several reasons. One I will have about 300 extra sq ft to enjoy as out home is rather on the small side. Two I will have a place to try my hand at indoor plants. Three I will have lots of windows to look out at and watch the birds, my chickens, and look at my beautiful roses. Lord willing we will be able to get it done before the start of summer. I will try to post pictures of its progression or at least a before and after shot.

 We are also having our entire back and side yard enclosed with a picket fence!! Yay!! I have always wanted one and this is the year we are finally able to put one in. The main reason we are getting one is because the post and rail fence we have now does not keep unwanted kids and dogs out of our yard and we are growing tired of dealing with that. I am a little undecided though about which style to get and was hoping that if I have any followers left, that you could help me decide what to go with. I have a dog ear privacy fence along the back and wasn't sure whether I should go with a dog ear picket fence to match or the traditional style county picket fence which I love. Here are the pictures....

Country picket fence (we are also having the pergola done like this too)
dog ear picket
So if you could please help me decide I would be grateful. My mother thinks I should match the back fence but the country picket is the look I always wanted and love. Do you think it would look better to match?

God bless! Hope all my garden and chicken friends are all doing well.~Meghan