Let the Spring Cleaning Begin!
I am aching to death as I write this.
Today was the first sunny Sunday of Spring. And I was out in the yard for seven long hours Spring cleaning.
“Seven hours?” you ask in disbelief.
“Yes, seven hours!” I say stretching out my aching fifty-year old limbs.
As I mentioned in Confessions of a talentless gardener, the blog post I wrote last year, I was never into gardening. I think I picked up gardening as a mid-life crisis thing. Now I am kind of addicted. But I really do not have a clue as to what I am doing. I do not read gardening manuals, but I do read the instructions on the seed packet – sometimes. Yet most of the time, much to the dismay of my husband, I do my own thing. And every year ‘my thing’ changes!
So today I went out into the yard with a mission. We have several planting areas we created three years go in the front yard.
Assessing the damage
The weather changed so dramatically last fall that I did not get the chance to clean up the planters. Hence, today was about cleaning first. It may not look much in the pictures below, but let me tell you that this is about 70 feet of a planter which goes all the way around a retaining rock wall!
One woman mission!
The Spring cleaning mission began at 10:00 a.m. The sun was out, the sky was blue, and the birds were out singing. But there were no bugs in the air. Perhaps they did not know it was Spring!
As I cleared the debris, I was hoping to see tips of bulbs I planted last year coming out to greet Spring. But what I came across were several bulbs that were half eaten.
Yes, I have provided food for the little critters that live underground. While it is so easy to hate these critters and think about all the different ways to evict them from our yard, I just smiled and thought that maybe I created good karma by feeding these pesky things.
Well, it helps me from wanting to harm small animals!
There is some sort of gratification if you can, every once in a while, look back and admire your achievements. It reminds you of what you can do, and helps you move forward.
By around 2:00 p.m., I was done with Spring cleaning, and it was time for a very late lunch, and then back to planting.
And finally …
Last fall I purchased a lot of bulbs with the good intention of planting them before winter set in. But as the winter came before fall ended, I never got down to planting. So the bulbs had been sitting in the bags on a table in the garage for the last five and half months!
Most of them were beginning to sprout!
So today I planted Tulip, Dutch Iris, and Hyacinth bulbs,
Then scattered wild flower seeds all over the place, just like I planned.
And then I was done!
Yes I am aching like I have never ached before. And I know that tomorrow I will ache some more.
But there is a weird sort of satisfaction and excitement that runs through me as I anticipate the growth of the bulbs and seeds I planted.
While my mission for today is accomplished, today is just the beginning of more to come as one woman meets nature as a talentless, yet determined gardener.