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C’s are better than A’s for my flower garden

Last winter, when I started thinking about turning the area beneath my clothesline into a flower garden, I had high hopes. But I also was a bit uncertain as to whether I could pull it off. I was excited to pick out and order the perennials, but in the days after I planted the bulbs, the nervousness returned. Almost all of them looked like they were in a deep sleep from which they might never awake. Fortunately, words of encouragement from my sister helped me chill out, and whaddya know, they seem to have made a comeback. In fact, most are doing quite well. I’m not sure I’ll have actual flowers this summer, but there is a lot of green and that keeps me thinking positively.

My “vision” for the flower garden also included incorporating the clothesline poles into the design. I mean, why leave the poles in the ground if they were just going to stand there looking out of place, all rusty and abandoned?

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Is it too early to start worrying?

OK, I’m a little worried. Flowers in the new flower garden aren’t doing all that good. Some look like they’re on death’s door, although I’m hoping that’s just the shock of being transplanted. Anyway, I gave them a good watering tonight, and with temperatures forecast in the high 70s or maybe even 80 the next couple days, I’m hoping they rebound. Fingers crossed. Please don’t die on me now!

The brown spots in several places, as well as the wilted perennials, have me worried. Please get better!


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The flower garden is in — life is good

Wow, am I tired. Je suis tres fatigue. Estoy cansada. Ich bin mude, too. Of course, can’t forget Jestem zmeczony. That’s “I’m tired” in French, Spanish, German and Polish (hope this how to say it website got all the translations right!). But it’s definitely a good tired. You see, I got my flower garden in this weekend.

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It was the perfect weekend weather-wise. In fact, I couldn’t have asked for better if Mother Nature would have given me a menu to choose exactly what I wanted to order. On Saturday, Randy and I went to the new mega-Menards store to check out wood for borders of the garden. After a bit of back and forth (the Menards guy didn’t seem too happy with my indecisiveness), we decided on knotty pine 4x6s in 8-foot lengths. Got 8 of them loaded in the truck and and made the short trip back home, where they were promptly dumped on the grass by the garden.
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Bulbs ordered for my new flower garden — I hope!

So I’ve been slacking this past week. Meant to get all my bulbs ordered, but I had problems with two separate websites. When I called one of the companies, I was told there were problems with the Internet ordering system and was asked to try back another day. The other company’s sale ended that day, so I resorted to good old snail mail.

20120329-212628.jpg I’m curious to find out whether they’ ll honor the sale. I did get envelope postmarked by the sale’s end date after all.

I’ve never ordered bulbs via a company’s website (hell, I’ve never ordered bulbs!), so I don’t have any experience as to whether the Internet ordering issues are common. I order plenty other stuff via online (including the new iPad I’m writing this post with), and 99 percent of my experiences have been good.

Anyway, about the actual bulbs. I spread out my catalogs on the floor and started placing cut-out photos of the ones I thought would work on a dry-erase board. I tried to pick a variety of colors and types (Helenium Red Jewel, above) that would bloom at various points of the spring/summer/fall in order to have color all season long. I tried to figure in flowers of a descending height from back to front of the space, too.

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Tulips are coming up – yippee!!

I’ve been waiting anxiously to see whether any of the tulips I planted last November would come up this spring. I’m ecstatic to report that at least some of them are. I looked mid-week and didn’t see any despite the super warm temps. I wasn’t too surprised because I haven’t planted bulbs in about 20 years and then it was in more of a garden setting.

But last fall I decided our brown mulch in front of the house needed some color. So, one warm November Sunday, I planted about 50 tulip bulbs I got at the local Stein’s. If I remember correctly, they were mostly yellow- and pink-colored tulips. I planted some in a straight line on one side of the front door, in clumps on the other side.

Today, I was playing with the camera on my new iPad (I’m writing this post on it) and decided to check again on the bulbs. I was giddy when I saw the first one, thrilled when I saw a few others. In all, there were 12 poking up today (a few of them are in photo below). I can’t wait to see if more pop up, but I’ll be happy if I only get the dozen. Can’t wait to take more photos once the flowers bloom.

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A new project: From clothesline to flower garden

In a little more than a week, the biggest storm of the winter is a distant memory. Since the snowfall on March 2, we’ve had three days with highs in the 40s and 50s, and another three in the 60s (counting today). What’s more, highs for the next six days are expected to be mostly in the mid- to upper 60s, and Wednesday could warm up into the low 70s! True shorts weather in March! With average high temperatures this time of year in the mid-30s, the warmth of late is nothing short of unbelievable.

So, Sunday afternoon I walked the backyard – definitely a bit easier than last week’s venture in the snow. Picked up the trash that had blown under bushes, checked out some of the shrubs and raspberry bushes, and tried to fill in the holes where Chloe (our beagle) had already started digging.

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