4.05.2009

hello sun

Today was a momentous day. Can you tell why from the pic below?


Umm, no....it wasn't momentous because of the dust and pet fur on our weather station... :) Today was the first day of the year where it was (a) over 70 degrees and (b) warmer outside than it was inside! Woohoo!!

So then, how about a tour around our yard?

Primroses that survived these last few weeks of nasty weather...


A hydrangea that's trying to bloom (and a spider web sneaking in...it must be spring!)...


Weeping cherry blossoms...


No matter how many times I cut this rose down to the ground, it just keeps coming back...


Strawberries in a barrel and onions in a covered wagon bed...


Lettuce, onions and cauliflower all doing well (lettuce is started from seed, onions & cauliflower were purchased as starters)...


And a full shot of the garden...


See all those random plastic containers and pieces of plastic? Those are my "greenhouses" that I placed over most of the plants in an attempt to protect them a bit from the cold temps and heavy rains that we've been having. And the big covered wagon-looking thing? That's going to be our pepper palace - it's flexible copper piping that we curved up and over the bed to a height of about 4-ft. That stuff is hard to get straight (and we definitely wouldn't have made it on the Oregon Trail with a wonky wagon like that!)! Karl pounded 2-ft sections of rebar into the ground and then fit the copper piping over the rebar, and then I stretched plastic over the whole shebang. The idea is that, since our mild Seattle summers aren't usually too conducive to pepper growth, it will create a greenhouse effect and speed up the peppers (when they get planted out there). For the time being though, I've got onions growing under there waiting for some neighbors (and slugs don't count as neighbors!).

And finally, I'll leave you with a pic of one happy kitty who is exhausted after spending nearly two full days exploring the backyard and lounging on the warm concrete. :)

1 comment:

philnjill said...

Your yard is coming along nicely! It was a glorious weekend, wasn't it?