Monday, April 3, 2017

The Backyard: 4/1/17

As a follow up to my last post, I have some photos from the backyard.

With a handful of dry days, finally, I was able to get out and do some more cleaning up.
The deck and patio are both livable again, and I spent two days digging more plants.

I wish I could take this Spirea with me.
The foliage color makes it one of my favorite spring plants.

Ditto for this Barberry.
It's at the top of my list of plants that I'll be purchasing for our new yard.

The Kid's Daffodils are blooming.
I was thinking, if we end up with enough dirt, the kids can have their own little plots, instead of just pots.

The Primroses that have survived the Great Slug War are blooming.

Not too much going on in the main bed yet, but here's a pulled back shot anyway.

And a pulled back view of the work zone.

A small plant ghetto has been set up next to the hose.

A larger one is over by the shed.

It was hard to dig things with buds, or already blooming, but I figured it would be easier now than later, when the plants are bigger.
Maddie Girl's Hellebore is in full bloom.

Both of my Bleeding Hearts are covered in buds.

I haven't decided if this Rue is coming with me or not.
Every spring, I love it.  Every summer, I hate it.
It gets so gangly - I've tried it in multiple locations over the years.
We'll see.

And last, one lone Fritillaria flower.

And that's about it out back.
Things are waking up, and as they do, I'm yanking them out.
I told all my little potted trees that the time is near.
They've been told for years that "someday" they'll have a home in the earth.
"Someday" is coming.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

The Front Yard & Driveway: 4/1/17

What better day to write my first yard post of the year than April first?  The kids are at their first baseball practice of the season, so I figured I run out with my camera.

So the digging has officially begun.
I started in the parking strip a couple weeks ago, and just the last couple of days, have been hard at it in the backyard.

So far, I have three plant ghettos going.
The plan is to list our house mid-May, so I'm not sure if I want to just keep pots all clustered together where they fit, or take everything over to my mom's in shifts and store them there until we find their new home.
I hate to move things twice, but that may be the best way to go about it.
We'll see.

These are some Winco Daffodil bulbs that have been in the window box by the driveway door for a couple years now.
Did you notice the window in the background a couple pictures up?
The new one is finally in.
After eight years.
It still needs to be trimmed out, but it's in.

These Hyacinths have been in the window box for several years, also.

All my driveway veggie containers have become part of the holding ground.
As well as the area of dirt that belongs to our next door neighbor, that I've been using as a veggie plot for a couple years now.

All of the big containers have several plants crammed into them.
I left pieces of everything that I dug, when possible.
I didn't wanna strip the yard down to nothing.
By the middle of May, it will be one of the selling points, but not if it's barren.

I got a start of this Ribes from my aunt last year.
This is the first time I've seen it bloom.
So sweet.

I have a ton of this Lungwort in the front yard, so I dug a couple chunks to take with me.

Here's a patch of it in the front, with a Hebe in the background that took it in the shorts during all the snow and ice.

Speaking of the front yard, this is the last time I'll see this guy blooming from the kitchen sink.
Awwww, so sad.
But maybe the new place will have enough room to let one go crazy like they're supposed to.
I'm actually sorta surprised this one blooms so good, with the whack jobs he gets throughout the year.

I'm gonna miss my Daphne, too.

A friend gave me a Hydrangea baby last year, so I dug him and stuck him in this pot.

The wheelbarrow got crammed with shade lovers.

A Hellebore, still in the ground.

Buds on some Grape Hyacinths.

Last, a porch pot, with a couple more babies, ready for the move.
And the second, and LAST, new window in.
Woot woot.

And there ya have it.
The first plant post of spring.
It'll be an interesting year, in terms of garden blogging.
Who knows if we'll end up somewhere with beds ready to go, or if it will be a completely blank slate, in which case all these guys may spend an entire year in potted purgatory.
Only time will tell.
It's pretty exciting, though.

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