Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Garden Centering

 This time of year, it's all about the garden. I've been visiting a few garden shops recently and have acquired quite a number of annuals and perennials.
Moving dirt, placing little plants in the fresh soil, is my way of centering, or relaxing.

 The greenhouses are overflowing with flowers, making it hard to decide what to choose.

 It seems that every flower blooming right now in my garden is purple. That's ok with me as I really like purple.

But I should have a variety I guess.
We had company over the weekend and Julie went out armed with scissors and made a few bouquets.

I walked in the house and she had found a variety of vases and pitchers and created arrangements. What a wonderful guest!

A few weeks back Forrest built me four raised beds in my veggie garden. We got top soil and leafgro from a nearby farm (I hauled, he unloaded....sweet!) and after 6 loads, they were nearly ready to plant. I enriched the beds with the wormy dirt behind the barn where the sheep live. It really is like a worm farm, hundreds of them in every shovelful. Beautiful stuff. After planting my newly acquired tomatoes, peppers, cukes, squash, beets, beans and chard, I covered everything with 'chicken floor mulch'. Thanks Farm Animals for helping with the garden!
Don't you just love the garden this time of year? The plants look so cute and unassuming (not the unruly mess they will become in August) and the weeds are at bay. Which reminds me of the lyrics of a Dixie Chicks song, "I wanna grow something wild and unruly".

Since the weather has been so nice and the days are much longer, this is our dining room. A nice place to view the garden. 


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