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Spring!

 I know it’s early, but I am sooo anxious for spring to begin. I think everyone and everything around here is in the same frame of mind.  Just two months ago, this was the pot of bulbs on the deck:   and now, the all of the potted bulbs are coming up    In fact, the bulbs that I planted everywhere last fall are popping up     and these tiny little daffodils are the first to bloom:   and the boat! Iook!  

The rhubarb is coming back too:    The rosemary looks great, and the artichoke plant is now nearly a foot high. I know for most people, bulbs coming up are just a normal thing, but this is the first time I really planned it out and planted them. Its different now that I have no plans of moving, everything we do is for the long term. I’ve got little tomato plants started inside, as well sweet peas and a gazillion sunflowers in every size and color. I’ll start more in a month, I think. I have poppies coming up, and will add lots of the seeds that I saved from last summer’s crop. 
We bought three fruit trees, all multi grafted varieties, and planted them last week. A cherry, a plum, and an apple – each with four varieties on one trunk.  The lilacs that Mom gave us last summer survived in the little pots over the winter, and now I need to figure where to plant them, and think about what other varieties we will get with the gift certificate from the Hulda Klager Lilac Garden that she gave us for Christmas.  My camellia is looking good, but no buds or blooms this year; I guess it needs to finish recovering from being deer food last year when it was still accessible. The little coral bark maple is dead, and I fear that one of the little rhodies may be done for as well – it makes me sad but what can you do?. Of the two clematis that we planted last year, one of them made it and is beginning to bloom, the other one is history.  Oh, and the tiny grape hyacinths are beginning to bloom, and the red-hot pokers that Gretchen gave me last year are looking promising. 

The weather cleared yesterday afternoon, and it has made me giddy. I’m dying to get out there and weed, but it seems like I need to wait for a week or so until the remainder of the bulbs poke through, as I don’t exactly remember where I planted a lot of them. And maybe let things dry out just a bit – we’ve had a lot of rain. I think I’ll rig up a little sail or something for the boat – a driftwood mast and a few pennants or streamers to blow in the breeze. 

Meanwhile, there’s wood to stack, plants to figure out where to put, and it’s gorgeous outside; and everywhere I hear the sound of lawnmowers.
Blue sky, I love you.  

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Think you have problems where you live? Here’s what makes it into the paper here -(  I can only imagine that a city cop would love to get some of these calls)  p.s. note the next item in that pic. Stolen afgahn?
Second – watch out for the menopausal woman: .
And, who calls the cops for this???:   .

Sunny is in heaven with being able to run free; she is usually out the door by 6:30 ( as opposed to noon before the fence ) checking all over for where the critters were during the night. She is pooped by the end of the day – I think she logs several miles just running around. Now, she has progressed to trying to climb one of the pine trees in a feeble attempt to get closer to the chipmunks. She walks around on her back legs to get a little taller, but that doesn’t work either. It’s fun to watch though. As much as it seemed like the fence took forever to finish, it only was a two month project. Now we can get a little farther along on any other planting that we want to do without the deer being a threat. My neighbor is losing a lot of plants to the flock? of baby deer ( 5 ) that have been born in our neighborhood in the past month. They are now all eating things that have been untouched or until now were on the ‘safe list’.
Trying to figure out how to deal with the big square fenced issue is a challenge; next year we’ll be putting in a vegetable garden in part of that area down there. 
We found a little rowboat to put down in that part of the yard to plant flowers in. I want something sort of fun there, that I can change the plantings in seasonally.  I’m also hoping it will help with some of the slug issues. Here’s the ‘before’ picture:   (We put it up on an old picnic table so that I could paint it ) We bought a bunch of dirt, and I’ll move some more plants around. We got a bunch of odds and ends paints from the county hazardous recycling (free!) so I think I’ll attempt to make it happy looking. One  cute’ thing in the yard will be okay. Today we also began setting more of the fireplace rock onto the slope on the other side of the stairs to help terrace it. Now that Sunny is not tethered and running through there, we can plant a few things. I’m hoping that next year the poppies will be even better ( without her dragging the cable across them and ripping so many of them out ).  I’ll put in a few more pics once we get things shaped up some.  Unlike anywhere inland ( even a few blocks!! ) all week it has been sooo foggy here – you can literally watch it blow in. It obscures the water even when you’re at the beach. Today it burned off for a couple hours and the temp rose at least 10 degrees in just minutes. I got really sunburned with just a little exposure. Tomorrow there will be sunscreen.  

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