Saturday, April 17, 2010

no yard work today

I wanted to spend all weekend in the garden. Mother Nature had other plans. It’s snowing! There must be some indoor project I’ve been avoiding. Now it’s not the pretty kind of snow everyone likes in December. It’s the wet kind of snow that sucks the joy out of a gardener. I know the old saying about April showers and May flowers. I don’t think it says anything about snow. The garden work can wait for another day.

These are some pics from the last couple of days. The yard is coming back to life. Oh! I do have an indoor project, new shelves in the pantry.

All is well with the world. Big Blue came back.

Gloria Bonde at a healthy gardener gave me this great deer deterrent, orange peels. I now eat 2-3 oranges a day just for the peels.

Mr. Bunny says Hi.

This hosta patch came from one plant 2 feet in diameter. Pat and I divided it up about 5 years ago. By June, you can't see the ground.

The white tubes you see around the yard are PVC pipes used to prevent the water hose from rolling over the plants.


19 comments:

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Good Grief Jim what's up with the snow? We are not getting any but the wind feels like it is right off of Lake Erie. Hard and Cold. Brrr! Freezing me after those summer days. I protest. This is just not right. It was so dry here but we had two hard down pours yesterday with the cold front so it will help. I do not know where the April Showers went to either. Your Hosta's are really coming up. Good idea with the PVC pipe hose guards.

Noelle said...

Hi Jim,

Sorry about the snow, but at least you had some work to do inside :-) What a great idea to keep the hose from damaging plants - I will remember that one.

CherylR said...

Oh no. Snow at this time of year is a definite NO NO. So you just keep that there. LOL....Your gardens are looking fabulous. I cannot wait to see all those hostas covering your grow. It must be just beautiful.

jeansgarden said...

Oops, your turn! It's supposed to get up in the forties here tomorrow and in the fifties for the rest of the week, so I'm hoping we're done with snow. -Jean

gloria said...

Hi Jim - I laughed out loud, when I read about the 2 or 3 oranges. Just think of the vitamin C and all the good stuff in the oranges. I have been freezing my orange peels to put out later. I think I will start laying them white side up or if there are a lot maybe from a distance they will look like short little orange flowers.

Isadora said...

Your hostas and garden are looking great! Orange peels, huh! Im going to try that, the deer are pretty bold here. And I like the PVC pipe idea, I have to drag hoses everywhere. Good luck with your weather! Looking forward to seeing photos of those hostas later on! Sandy

keewee said...

Hostas are fabulous, I am adding to my collection as I can afford to. Pity mine aren't large enough to split up yet.

Melody said...

Good ole' PVC pipe - an all purpose tool:) When we still had dogs that stayed oustide, we put up a fence around the flowerbeds made of bird netting tie wrapped to pvc pipes. Now we have an inside dog that thinks she is an outside dog, so she has to go out with me all the time. I uses pieces of pipe in the yard to hook her leash to.

Meredith said...

Yay! Big Blue is back. So looking forward to making his legendary acquaintance this summer on the blog. :D

(I'm focusing on the positive, not the snow.)

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

I hope the snow didn't last long. I love how Hostas looks as they poke through the ground.

grandgardener said...

bunnies...I'm sensing a theme. Cute.

leavesnbloom said...

Jim so glad that Big Blue made it through the winter.

jodi (bloomingwriter) said...

Hope the snow has gone by now for sure, Jim. Here it's been cold rain with a little snow mixed in but not sticking to the ground. Just an April aberration. Good luck with the orange peels working.

noel said...

aloha jim

looks like you will be getting alot of spring flowers soon!

Shady Gardener said...

PS My ligularias are growing in the mini-greenhouses! I can hardly wait to start sowing my seeds directly in the ground! :-)

Shady Gardener said...

Snow? I'm sorry, Jim! Looks like things are doing alright, though! :-)

Thank you for the walk-around! I'd not heard of using orange peels. Let me know if it really works!

The Idiot Gardener said...

Is everyone getting sucked back into the snow?

Mind you, it'll give you some time to pluck the duck!

debsgarden said...

I hope you got your shelves finished! Snow! Wish I could send some of my warm, sunny breezes your way! Your hosta patch is impressive; I look forward to seeing it this summer.

Jess said...

Its times like these that I don't miss the Northeast. Its times like August that I do.