Mar 04 2008


Published by at 7:30 pm under Outdoors

It’s March, and that means my thoughts are turning toward my yard and what I will do in it when the weather warms. This year I can’t wait to see how my two new trees fared over the winter – will the linden bounce back from its “pot shock”? Will cedar waxwings find my ornamental pear and make my yard their home for a few weeks while they feast on the tiny fruits? Will the tiny spruce grow an inch or two?

These are fascinating questions, but what’s really been on my mind is the new bed/berm I’m planning in the front yard. We removed the mess of brambles that claimed to be roses, and there is now a bare patch waiting for a load of soil to be dumped on it. I have big plans for this little mound of earth including:

  • Moving the terribly abused holly bush from the front of the house. I can’t believe this thing is still alive, but we’ve had nowhere else to put it. I’ll move it and get it a friend so it can berry out again. I love holly for being an evergreen without being needled, and it’s red berries.
  • Moving the iris and tulips that were hidden in the front shrubbery. There’s only a few of each, but they are lovely and deserve a better home.
  • Moving the mystery bulbs behind the shed. Once these were probably in a prime spot, but now they receive no sunshine due to the two large lilacs and the enormous weeping willow. They sprout but do not flower. My mother claims they are daffodils. I hope she’s right. I love daffodils.
  • Getting some grape hyacinth from my sister. Every year I mean to dig some, and every year I forget until the ground is frozen.
  • Putting in crocus. I love crocus. I need that small amount of color in the early spring.
  • Putting in mums. Like crocus, but for end of season color. I used to hate mums, but now I respect them for their hardiness and cheerful color.

But those aren’t the only plans I have, oh no! Because The Man cleared a large portion of our “new” property last year, and that means I have more room to play with. Part of it will be dedicated to two or three berry bushes – blueberries and raspberries, specifically. I will also need a rhubarb patch to satisfy The Man’s cravings for pies. I’m going to add in a nice fat butterfly bush somewhere in there, and a wildflower patch with stepping stones. My peony needs to be dug up and divided, and part of it will go here as well. The Man says he wants some grass, but that just has to be mowed, right? Much better to seed it with flowers. Besides, the whole rest of our yard is grass!

Speaking of planting flower seeds, I’m going to have a row of sunflowers behind the garage. They will get the full sun they crave there, and dress up a rather utilitarian part of the yard while they’re at it. Plus, the birds and chippies will enjoy them.

I really need to sign up for some seed catalogs. Dr. Mom and Moll always have three or four laying around, and it’s so nice to look through them for things that I can’t find in the local greenhouses. Especially heirloom plants.

Mostly I can’t wait for spring. I have enjoyed winter, but now my thoughts are turning towards sunshine and digging in the dirt.

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