For your viewing pleasure, Spring in Colorado –
There Ya Have It – Stay Tuned for the call I got from NCIS – –
As promised, here’s some snapshots of what’s been getting done around the place the past week or so – Final push on the the north eastern perimeter wall is tomorrow, and I managed to hobble around, get some weeding and light raking done today, but taking it easy so me and the man-child can whip in and get ‘er done tomorrow – hopefully, the rain/snow forecast for Wednesday/Thursday will clear out in time for Friday-Fruit-Bush-Delivery Day!
And for the grand finale, the south and southwestern area slated for ‘kitchen garden’ is shaping up nicely – still work to do in middle area, but posting the journey –
Remember when this area looked like this?:
Gardening in Colorado is rather like trying to keep your home thermostat set to always meet the comfort needs of a woman experiencing hot-flashes –
It’s not easy –
Oooh! look! 60 degrees and the grass is turning green – maybe I’ll do clean-up and plant some peas…
Oh! Look at the forecast – snow – guess I’ll wait cuz I don’t have time to build row covers – –
Wow! 70 degrees and walk my property in my skort and sleeveless shirt – I get my vitamin D, skin saving protective tan AND plot out this year’s dreams – maybe I’ll put the summer tools out in easy-access reach – – –
DURNIT! Should have left the snow shovel out – just how am I going to leaf-rake this 3 feet of snow?
It’ll be fine — the rhubarb, irises and tulips look good – The Universe will guard me against my failure to build row protection this winter for spring events – – They’ve survived before, why not this year?
WTF it’s snowing again! How? Why? …okay, getting out the snow shovel….
Who said March came in like a lion and left like a lamb? WHO I ask!
Baloney! – It’s April 2nd and the wind is blowing like a banshee – so it can efficiently deliver the next snow storm to my area – wonder if I can simply drape a sheet over my tulips and poppies? The irises and rhubarb have made it fine without me worrying/working too hard – but (sob…) so want to save my beautiful new purple and white tulips from the chaos – –
Frickin’ wind… and snow fast approaching…and nice, sunny day temptresses –
DURNITT! I had to turn my thermostat from “Off” to 65 today – What Gives?!?
I’ve suntanned in December and watched it snow in July – I’ve started gardens two or three times each season in response to hard frosts/blizzards/hail storms and tornadoes – I still haven’t built infrastructures to save me and the plants I love from Mother Nature’s fickleness at what the gardening software says is ‘rare time of the year’ for such events to occur – –
In the end, I may never be a master gardener, but as I walk the seasons and learn, maybe, just maybe, I can provide a loving home for those plants that love living in Colorado as I do – 🙂
Hot flashes And All – 🙂
After somehow managing to build and launch 4 websites in 7 weeks, one of which was the biggest site I’ve ever done – I’m happily diving back into my gardening and writing plans.
Since you most likely thought I was dead, given my long silence, I shall not further shock your system by making you read a 10,000 word essay on what I’ve been doing since last we met – – rather, I’ll share my 1,000 words at a time with some pics:
Remember the Rain of the Century we got last August?
The lovely rain meant the weed that turns into tumbleweeds grew like crazy and our area has been inundated with a gazillion of these sticky, spiny, trashy wayfarers.
I’ve hauled off two truckloads to the town heap, as I’m not certain I’m an advanced enough composter to ensure heat enough to kill the seeds –
The ditch, full of water last August, still holds some tumbleweeds even after gallant efforts by me and the boy – we nearly had them all out two days ago, but alas, a few more blew back in –
Remember the purple water-sucking-hog plant from last spring?
It raised it’s beautiful head again this year and has been positively identified as Wild Purple Tansy Mustard. But this year, I’ve won, at least so far.
The gifts of Daylillies, Vinca and Bishop’s last August are doing fine as frog’s hair, as are my divided irises and the rhubarb I moved from next to the propane tank into the newly thinned iris bed – alas, the wild roses transplanted from my mom’s garden don’t look so hot, but waiting to see if anything happens in the next few weeks before ripping them out. The late-planted, drought tolerant grass of last fall is somewhat sparse, but already making plans to overseed.
Remember my ‘shade the west wall with plants’ idea from last summer? Well, last fall I ordered Jerusalem artichokes and wandered around my place trying to figure out where to plant them – they get tall, are perennial and die back in winter – and finally smacked myself in the forehead and said, “West Side!” Although I’ve never grown them, I believe they are starting to poke their heads out, because the same looking leaves are poking out in carefully measured spots
Of the plants I foolishly purchased on my way to the doctor last fall, only to discover I had pneumonia, not many have made it – or at least don’t look like they have – the Wooly Thyme and Cascading Snow are looking pretty bleak –
However, Mystery Plant 1 and 2 are doing awesome – and yes, I will buy a permanent marker and plant ID stakes so I can remember what I’m planting this year:
While working last weekend, the ladybugs deigned to visit me when I was worn out and wondering, once more, if I’m doing things right and will Mother Nature bless my endeavors? No pics of them, I was too tired to go get the camera, but while snapping pics this a.m., my friend, the Robin was nice enough to pose:
And last, but not least, the pretty, native to my place groundcover that blooms with beautiful purple stalks in July – I carefully kept every area of it and it is coming along nicely
Stay tuned for the great Strawberry Invasion…