Archive for May, 2009

Memorial Day

May 25, 2009
Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day!   This morning I took a picture of the front of our house with our flag and the flowering plum and late-blooming tulips.  Look at that sky!  Okay so I take back all those horrible things I’ve been saying about Idaho weather.  It is absolutely exquisite today – high in the lower 70’s.  Too nice to be inside at the computer writing on my blog. So this entry is going to be quick!

The flowering crab!I am also repenting of my ye-of-little-faith behavior concerning our hitherto not flowering, flowering crab – as you can see it …  is flowering!  I had to hurry and photograph it in full bloom before the wind kicks up and blows the blossoms to smithereens.  Oops! There I go again.  I love the wind!  Well not really but I heard someone exclaim that last week during one of our incessant 25-mph-wind days.  That day pretty much made history of our tulips.   Yesterday I planted a few little pinks and zinnias amongst the headless tulips in our back center garden.

Memorial Day!  I have to run to the grocery store yet if we are going to have a picnic.  I’m trying to talk my hubby into going for a drive and just pulling off somewhere to grab dinner.  But actually I think he is contemplating mowing the lawn.

We did visit the cemetery and place flowers on my mom’s and dad’s graves.  And I took a long moment  to feel happy to be alive, living in America.  And to be grateful for all the men and women who lived before me who built and defended this great country –  this wondrous land of diversity, opportunity, and freedom.

Progress!

May 15, 2009
May 14, 2009

May 14, 2009

This was never intended to be a gardening blog but I have to show the latest improvements to our back yard.  OUT with the scrappy, weedy, garden borders, I say, and IN with landscape curbing! We simply hired it done and now we can enjoy it – all 330 feet of it  (okay so we got a little carried away). The job expanded from framing our tree by the deck to framing all our gardens, which, in a serious execution of project creep, ended up encompassing  the entire perimeter of our back yard.  See the curbing running  along the back lilac hedge  (which should be blooming in a couple of weeks, as should the, uh, infamous flowering crab in the center garden).  It just goes to show if you put forth some effort – or, in this case,  exhorbitant sums of money – into improving things, then you will likely see some results.  Our dog Rudy is thrilled with it – bounding merrily after squirrels and such over the curbing and through the gardens –  and so is our gray cat, Jerry (also in this picture – behind the right clump of tulips in the center garden – acting invisible whilst eying  a pair of robins pecking at the grass just a few yards away).

Where did all the tulips go?

Where did all the tulips go?

Not to get too huffy-puffy about the recent vast improvement to our back yard, as now you see our tulips  along the north  (street view) side of our garage.  These tulips have bloomed faithfully every year in vibrant, healthy bunches  until, uh,  this year, where most of them are now lying limp along the ground in lifeless clumps. I guess they just wore out, and I can’t blame them, couldn’t stand up against another Idaho spring with it’s incessant snow, cold and 54-mph winds (of 3 days ago,  down to 25 mph by yesterday, but so far calm and sunny today, one can only hope!).   The tulips may have just decided they’ve been wind-whipped for the last time.  I’m not going to analyze it or take it personally, I guess come fall I can dig them up and plant some more.  Or not.  The poor things.

Progress! That’s what I’m happy with. And if that ‘flowering crab’ ever flowers I will consider that a miracle.

‘The Green Yellow Grass of Home’

May 4, 2009
May 3, 2009

May 3, 2009

The blizzard of last Sunday, of course, was completely gone the next day – but that didn’t stop me from sneering out the kitchen window all scrunchy- faced  in complete disdain over our weather.  Here’s a photo taken today of  the same snowy backyard scene posted on my blog a week ago. Look how marvelously lush and green our grass is!  Yes!  Great! Uh,  yeah, except what’s with those yellow patches in the lawn? The yellow looks a bit like patches of sunshine, no?  HECK NO!! It’s raining in this picture. The yellow patches are … yellow patches! Well, I’m not going  to stress over it.  We have yet another fascinating yard/garden mystery to solve! Or not. What’s a few yellow spots?  Fungus? Dog pee damage?  Different grass?    Okay, so it turns out –  like most every thing else in life – you have to apply yourself diligently,  WORK at it, to achieve a half-way-decent-looking lawn.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Sunday, April 26, 2009

May 3, 2009

May 3, 2009

Here’s a closer look in the back yard at our center  garden after that blizzard a week ago.   Check out the tulips! The poor things about froze to death. The spindly tree in the center is our infamous flowering (not)  crab tree not to be confused with the aforementioned crabgrass still proliferating throughout the garden underneath all that snow.  I bought a hoe to dig it out, but haven’t actually used it yet.

Next we have the picture of that same back garden taken today- one week later!  Check out those hardy tulips now!  There are some grape hyacinths poking up in there too.  The ground covers are taking off.  The flowering crab tree, is, uh, sprouting leaves.   I will surely take pictures of it when it blooms, if indeed this tree we planted last fall is a flowering crab.

Notice the perky patches of yellow grass along our fence … Oh, and there’s our dog, Rudy, in the picture – the furry adorable little culprit, my husband suspects, likely responsible for the yellow patches.  Awwww! Yellow pee-pee spots from our precious little poodle?  Naw!  I’m betting it’s … fungus!  I’ll just run this photo, along with a yellow grass sample, to one of the local greenhouses to confirm my suspicion –  return home with the perfect anti-fungal treatment for the grass, and leave a note for my hubby:  “Darling, I was right.  The dog is innocent. The anti-fungal treatment for the yard that goes in your sprayer is in the trunk of my car.”  How much work can it be, armed with the latest chemicals, to rid our lawn of those yellow spots?  Well, I can just hear my husband’s response:   “Just replace the whole lawn with rocks.” – (This vision being freshly inspired by our recent trip to Phoenix, where most yards are filled with rocks and local species of cacti, requiring no upkeep whatsoever.)

May 3, 2009

May 3, 2009

And here we have the mess around our large tree by the deck (surrounded by yellow patches, you can see). I think it would be nice to achieve some kind of finished look here- frame the edges of the dirt with cement bricks or something – which should be easy enough – you see them in yards everywhere. I’ve measured the area –  it’s about a square yard.  I am picturing those cement bricks made just for this purpose, framing the area with a smooth, rounded cement border (with no grass bursting out through loose seams!).  Or not.  Could just dig that dandelion out, for starters. And then, just continue  imagining what the area around the tree could look like, for the next five years, like I’ve been doing for the past five years.  By then we will likely have moved into a condo.