Friday, April 15, 2011

Garden Blogger Bloom Day: April 15th

Please be sure to visit May Dreams Garden for more!

I took off last summer, understandably, from posting this every month, but I am happy to be back!

Blooming in Zone 5/Chicago suburbs...

I circled the small patch of daffodils in case you missed them.
Just my small patch of daffodils and scilla are up. I had 3 groupings (planted by previous owner), but now only 2 are blooming. Time to dig them up and re-plant.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

The 2011 To Do List

Now that we have the baby, I need to have more clear cut goals to accomplish in the garden. I think this will make for an easier, focused, garden season while also enjoying the baby.

So here are my goals for 2011:

1. Build vegetable garden (Backyard)
The actual building part belongs to my husband, who has promised to build me a 3x5 raised garden bed in our sunniest plot of land.  This will encroach our existing ramshackle paver patio, but we've started dismantling that already.  My dream veggie garden is this potager ... dream on sister!
 2. Take down plum tree (Front yard)
The saga of the black knot ... why this tree isn't down yet is beyond me. I've been talking about this black knot since this blog started. (This was a multi-stemmed tree we inherited that had just started developing black knot when we moved in. Through the years we've taken down some of the trunks and are now left with 2.) 
3. Build garden bed around fence/hydrangeas (Back yard)
The moles, and voles, and opossums have already started this job for me (see previous post).  I'm just going to edge out a bed and throw some mulch down. Simple.
4. Get rid of plants (Front yard)
I hate the 2 Japanese Barberries in the front. The space might seem barren without them, but there are better shrubs out there (and I will find them).
 5. Visit more gardens
I'm going to take advantage that Babius Freemanii can't speak and say, "I don't want to go to a boring garden, mom." and visit a slew of gardens this spring & summer. I promise.

Thursday, April 07, 2011

A wheelie bucket

The Crate & Barrel best buys catalog came the other day, and as I leafed through the typical glasswares and bakers, this one item jumped out at me. A wheelie bucket!

I know a wheelbarrel can do the same thing, but sometimes you have to let practicality go and have a little fun. You can wheel this guy around 1-handed behind you. And it can fit through my tiny gate into the backyard. And it's cuter.

I think I know what I will ask for my birthday.

Friday, April 01, 2011

The helpful opposum, or squirrel, or rabbit, or...

Along our fence, our neighbor's Anabelle Hydrangeas have moved into our yard. We're not complaining at all because we love them, but it's killed most of the grass beneath leaving it the perfect breeding ground for shady weeds. 

So I decided last year to build a garden bed beneath.  Now all I have to do is decide what size the bed shall be and carve it out ...

Wait! What is this? Someone already did the work for me!?

It looks like an animal on the prowl for the bugs in our lawn has pretty much outlined my garden bed. Now, the question is, does he also design patios and walkways??