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Friday, May 05, 2006

I got almost nothin'

Life has just been cruising by the last couple of days. No angst, no crazy switches, pretty much nothing but just doing what we do and being pretty mellow.

Of course, this means that something really scary is going to crop up shortly, but for now, I'm going with the peace and quiet and thinking that life is pretty damn pleasant right now.

It's time to start dealing the the garden. I've offered the Boy hard cash for reedging all the perennial beds, and to dig up a couple of new spaces for some Buddleia (butterfly bush) plants. They take a lot of room, as they grow very bushy and tall, and we've got the perfect spot for them. I can't wait to see them full grown.

My humongous azalea is starting to bloom. It should be in full bloom tomorrow or Sunday and I'll shoot a photo or two. It's the most gorgeous bush. The smaller azaleas are already blooming. They're a deep red color, not quite as spectacular as my giant one.

I need to hit the garden center to get some herbs for my herb pots. I've got basel and parsley already, as I keep them on the kitchen windowsill all winter, but I'm going to put in dill, taragon, and of course rosemary. I've got more mint than I know what to do with growing all around my ridiculous roses. We also have chives in large clumps. I might try oregano again this summer. I've never known what to do with all that oregano, though. It's not a flavor I'm that fond of.

I love gardening and I'm somewhat overwhelmed by the size of the property I've now got under my green thumb. I've never had such amazing full sun, such large stretches of space, and so much of a canvas to work with. Last summer I was watching to see what would grown where, because I didn't know what we had. This summer I know what we have, what we need, what I want, and what timetable I have. This is going to be a multi-year project. There are things to remove (already took down a huge sucker oak tree and some unknown bushes), things to divide (the gigantic clump of siberian iris that is about 3' in circumference), and things to just get rid of (rose bushes that just don't perform).

It's all so exciting. Or maybe it's just exciting for me. My kids hate gardening (they say) although they're the first ones to eat tomatos and cucumbers till warm from the sun. Methinks they just hate the work gardening takes to reap the benefits. Oh well, tough noogies for them.
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Blogger Jean-Luc Picard said...

Super picture! Good luck with the gardening.

Michele sent me this way.

5/5/06 1:42 PM  
Blogger Juggling Mother said...

I gt edgy when we're just cruising - it probably means something terrible is about to explode, but generally just cos I get bored:-)

I've been gardening today too, but I'm a reluctant gardener t best, and dfinitely have brown thumbs. I managed some weeding though! I like the idea of growing real stuff, just not the effort:-)

Well done you.

Here from micheles today. I am trying to catch up on my blog reading

5/5/06 1:48 PM  
Blogger Aginoth said...

Would you like to come do my garden...ok perhaps the UK is a little far :o)

Michele sent me

5/5/06 2:19 PM  
Blogger KaraMia said...

Gardening is cool! of course, this is coming from someone that doesnt garden, however, I am a firm customer of farmers markets..lol
Here via michele today

5/5/06 2:30 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

I truly appreciate gardens, but I'm not so much of a gardener. It takes patience and hard work....and I think you have to be OK with bugs, which I'm not. Dirt, yes. Bugs, no. Enjoy the weekend!

Michele sent me!

5/5/06 2:36 PM  
Blogger ribbiticus said...

wow! you've got a really green thumb, margalit! it's a testament to how much care and love you give to the plants you tend.

michele says hi! :)

5/5/06 2:43 PM  
Blogger vanx said...

I'm actually wondering if blogging, which I wasn't doing last year, will sap my gardening energy. I am already reading to the soil at night, preparing it for habanera peppers and tomatoes. Oh, and adding a little organic fertilizer~,:^)

5/5/06 4:24 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Gardening is fun! I love butterfly bushes!!

Here from Michele's ...

btw, maybe I should sign in as *the other Karen*, since there's already one here! {grin}

5/5/06 4:26 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

I spent this beautifully warm day planting the impatients and vinca's in my front flower beds. Tonight, as the kids settle into slumber and the sun starts to set, I'll tackle a few tomato plants to the ground.

you're not the only one. I'm excited too.

Michele sent me over to share in the gardening glory.

5/5/06 4:31 PM  
Blogger craziequeen said...


I am SUCH a bad gardner...but I have lovely lilies that defy my attempts to look after them - and bloom year after year! :-)

Here vis Michele!

5/5/06 4:39 PM  
Blogger Catherine said...

Hi, Michelle sent me
So many bloggers doing their gardens, it makes me sad that we are heading into winter here

5/5/06 5:03 PM  
Blogger Kross-Eyed Kitty said...

I've only just started gardening in the past few years, and am finding it to be a great new passion! I love that tree, and haven't seen one here in Toronto.
Here via Michele's

5/5/06 5:24 PM  
Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

LOL, LOL..Tough Noogies! I LOVE THAT! It is exciting, Margalit...How thrilling that you have a big big space to work with and play with, too...I love that you plant all those veggies and herbs, too...And use them! YUM!

5/5/06 6:20 PM  
Blogger margalit said...

The buddleia shown isn't a tree, it's a shrub that gets cut back almost to the ground every year, and grows that big by the end of summer. It's a late blooming shrub that starts blooming around my parts in July. It has long purple spires like lilacs only thinner, and with no discernable odor. BUT, it attracts tons of butterflys and it makes your garden look lovely in the heat of the summer.

They grow wild all over England, but they're fairly unknown plants around here.

5/5/06 8:35 PM  
Blogger Sue said...

Here from Michele's. I love to garden though I am not great at it but I just love seeing something pop up where nothing was before. I've got sage coming out my you know what but I love the smell so....

5/5/06 8:38 PM  
Blogger YellowRose said...

We have lots of gardening going on at our house too....it's great therapy! I have a big Butterfly bush that I love!! I had to prune it back quite a bit this year because it was taking up so much space over the walkway! Beautiful bushes!

Michele sent me tonight!

5/5/06 11:37 PM  
Blogger srp said...

Here from Michele.
Well, I dug in dirt and am exhausted. I'm not sure anything I planted will come up. We will see.

Read on down about the dog houses. They make our two door, covered porch air conditioned one in Mississippi look like trash. Max now has one that is smaller but with covered porch so he can eat while it is raining. Wait, that means that I get wet taking the food to him. He has a light for winter, a fan for summer; all built in and he had Christmas lights and a wreath for a holiday. He also has lymphoma so I don't know how long he will be with us. Might as well have him happy, I'm sure his first years were really bad, he's a rescue.

5/5/06 11:45 PM  
Blogger Begered said...

They will appreciate when they get older! I know I did, my dad showed me a lot about gardening when I was younger and now I am thankful. There are way to many people that don't even know what a tomatoe plant looks like...imagnge that! Good luck with the gardening.

Here from Michele's!

6/5/06 12:26 AM  
Blogger ~Ivy said...

Howdy! Michele sent me..

I love to garden.. We've had ours dug for a few weeks now.. I need to weed it but the rain isnt letting up.. We've already got tomatoes and some squash buds.. i cant wait! my kids keep running trucks in my garden.. GRR!

6/5/06 12:30 AM  
Blogger Dana said...

I have never ever seen a tree/shrub/bush quite as unique as that one. At first I thought it was a lilac bush. My eyesight must be terrible. How interesting. Someday I'd love to see one of those things up close!

6/5/06 1:37 PM  
Blogger Courtney said...

I wish I could grow things. I have a black thumb, I think.

7/5/06 3:58 PM  

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