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Thank goodness. We've been hit with a long stretch of sub-zero wind chills and gray skies around here, and I say to hell with it.
I can curse it all I want (and do), but it's not going to go away. I live in a state where even May snow storms aren't unheard of, and in January winter sometimes seems more like a prison sentence than a season. I get cranky, sluggish, and my hands and feet are never warm.
For that reason, I really relish the fantasy gardens of flowers and vegetables that get dropped into my mailbox.
I'm facing a summer spent scraping and painting my house, because it simply can't go another season, so I'm feeling a little pessimistic about getting any real progress done in the yard. Last summer, we started with this:
Which I believe is what my farming kin would refer to as a "poor piece of land."
My son Grant built me a new retaining wall along the driveway in March 2012:
Below you can see day lilies, shrub roses, and purple coneflower finally settling in, June 2012:
And we saw some mighty fine sights in small places here and there:
And this day lily, courtesy of my sister's fabulous Georgia garden.
I need to at least finish the front yard so that it looks presentable to the neighborhood. I have to go the rest away across the front of the gable end of the house with planting beds, and plant some shrubs.
The little boys have said they want a vegetable garden. So do I, but I don't even have beds prepared. That's a lot of work too. I'm trying to figure out a way of doing some easy container vegetable gardening instead, until we get something more permanent figured out. In my fantasy life, I also keep chickens and bees, and have apple trees and a green house!
Are you already dreaming of spring? What's on your list of things to dig, plant, and grow?