I have two major projects planned for 2011. One is having my garden shed built and completing the veggie garden area. I have raised garden beds which will allow me to stand rather than bend over. My knees and back say thank-you.:-)
The other project will be one I have thought about for years! I am designing a water feature and rock garden in the front so that I can see and hear the water-fall while I am in the kitchen. I can already see my bird families playing in the cool pools and building nests in the surrounding plants. Also, it will attract more birds and ‘Sylvesters’ ( my pet name for the toads and frogs). I adore hearing the night sounds of the creatures in a pond.
I am researching rock garden plants that will thrive in our area. As I read, I will review and share the books and the ideas with you. I would love any feedback from you; especially, if you have had luck with a particular rock garden plant that I may or may not study or mention.
Even though we are having a few yucky days at the moment, the previous little warm spell was enough to pop the spring flowers right up! Hyacinth, crocus, daffodils and forsythia have been blooming for days. The Redbuds are bursting and my lilac is almost ready to pop and it is just loaded with fragrant blooms. I even have Fur Elise tulips blooming!
My ‘baby’ crabapple trees are setting blooms and the Cherry is in full bloom–It will be several years before they are a real show. The ‘rule of thumb’ is that for every inch of trunk diameter of the tree being plantied — it will take the corresponding amount of years for the tree to become established (provided you plant it properly). For example, a tree with a 2″ trunk diameter at planting will need approximately 2-3 years to establish a root system and really start growing. The larger the tree the longer it will take to get established.
Watching my plants ‘come alive’ in the Spring is what gardening is all about for me. Knowing that they will appear again in the Spring is another reason, among many, that I prefer natives and perennials. Most gardeners can’t wait to start seeing our plants ‘wake up’ so that we know they made it through another winter. We take pride in the fact that we had a small part in creating or caring for something that brings so much joy to ourselves and others who stop by.