Thursday, March 8, 2012

Welcome to my Yesterday


Do you ever get overwhelmed in the spring? It seems you wake up one day and everything needs attention all at once.


The pasture is green, weeds are growing where they aren't wanted, the greenhouse is calling out loudly each day, and it's time to transplant flowers and apply mulch. The list is long and the days are too short.

Yesterday was one of those days....

Maybe you would like to follow me around with a few photos.


The first thing I did in the morning was to check out the stock pond. It took a hard hit last year with drought. The water level is still down about 8 feet. I'm hoping the rains in the next few weeks will take care of the problem.


Everything you see that is brown, is usually covered by water.












You don't want to get too close to this plants. Do you see the barbs?


After mowing the tall grass in the corral, I decided to work in the greenhouse for a couple of hours. I needed to re-arrange the plants and add the new grow light on one of the tables. I have another 72 seedlings that are ready to go under a grow light.


Some of the tomatoes are adding true leaves...they also need a little more soil added to the pots.












The impatiens flowers are almost ready to set in the flower garden.



Another succulent is about to give the greenhouse a new bloom.












The rest of the day was spent preparing an old flower bed for some daylilies I need to move this week end.

Let's take a quick trip around the farmhouse and see what is putting on new foliage.


This is a Lady Banks Rose that is about to be in full bloom. It will be covered with hundreds of roses for the spring.


The Tropicanna - cannas are starting to put on foliage. If you are not familiar with this beautiful canna, click on the above link.



I'm hoping this will be a good year for the Lakemont Grape. It is already putting on new leaves.










Last year, I added a Mission Olive Tree  to the farm's list of edibles. I'm trying to grow a wide variety of plants to make this land more sustainable. This will be the first year it could produce olives.



Look at the LETTUCE! It has been exceptional this spring.













This is just a sampling of everything that is trying to take on the new growing year.


My day of gardening always ends with the washing machine, trying to get the dirt stains out of my jeans. After all, I will need them again today....

Meggie Mac

20 comments:

  1. You really do have a lot to keep up with for one gal! Everything looks wonderful and so Springish! We can not grow here all year. Must say though this Winter has been rather mild and we may could have!

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  2. This was an unusual winter...rather warm. And, yes, I do have a lot going on including a job in the city. Every year, I say this is my last year. But, come spring, I seem to get excited again.

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  3. I can't wait to be overwhelmed.....It all looks so fresh!

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    1. With all the snow you've had, I know you are ready for green...

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  4. Dear Meggie, You have wonderful flowers and amazing greengarden. I wish I had a greengarden to grow my flowers. And I understand that Texas climate is very suitable to grow every kind of plants.. By the way, This evening I ll make your shared recipe for my dinner.. It was a dinner with onions, orange bell peppers, zucchini, and sausage.
    Best wishes..

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    1. Don't forget to add some potatoes your recipe for dinner. I wish you had a greenhouse too! I've never had olives before....this will be a first!

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  5. Wow, what an incredible task to tend to on your own... your greenhouse plants look supremely healthy :) Hope you get the rain you need... I know that feeling all too well.

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    1. I do have some hired help of three hours each week. He does the hole digging for me. I point and he digs...then I plant.

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  6. Gosh - you were busy. I will never feel overwhelmed by our pocket-sized garden again!!! Jx

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    1. Hi Jan...Sometimes I long for the smaller garden I had in the city.

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  7. I'd love to come and potter in your lovely greenhouse, the 'Lady Banks Rose' is beautiful and the lettuce liikd delicious. x

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  8. Oh my goodness, I did mean the lettuce looks delicious, of course. x

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    1. The unusual warm weather has been good to the kitchen garden. If you lived closer to me, I certainly would invite you to a day in the greenhouse with a "free" lunch served at noon. It would include a salad we could pick together.

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  9. Wow, looking after all your land is a huge undertaking. You have my utmost admiration Meggie. The Lady Banks rose is just beautiful and the lettuce looks fabulous. I can't wait to have salad leaves again. We never buy them in the shops and our growing season is quite short, even with a greenhouse, so they are looked forward to and much enjoyed when we grow them. The same goes for all the soft fruits, tomatoes etc. Eating seasonally makes me appreciate our produce so much more.

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    1. Hi Scarlet, several times a year, I think this might be my last year in the country. It is a lot of work. Could you grow lettuce in your solarium during the cool months?

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  10. No matter when the growing season is - it always comes upon us siddenly. For me, the rush is usually end April, May - outdoor seedlings crying out to be planted, greenhouse plants desperate for more room - and all the other tasks too. Breathe deeply, Meggie - it will all get done - but you know that xxx

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    1. Thank you for the advice....I think many times I do forget to breathe deeply. It is very relaxing when you do.

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  11. What a wonderful way to spend the day. I hope you get the rain that you need; the ponds around here are looking worryingly low, dried out completely in a few cases.
    Is the metal hooped thing for plants to grow round, or is it a relic of older days?
    ps. The Lady Banks Rose is beautiful and those Tropicanna cannas are something to look forward to.

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    1. Hello Elaine...the metal hoop is a hay ring for the large round bales of hay. It is tipped over the round bale to prevent the animals from walking on the hay.
      By the way, it is raining again.

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  12. Everything is gorgeous! Springtime is overwhelming, though, especially when you do everything yourself! Best always start with some dessert like you did today ;)
    -Jaime

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