Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wordless Wednesday, groupings

As always, thanks for taking a minute to stop and say hello. We appreciate your time and your wonderful comments!

PS our new computer has been ordered and should be assembled, tested and here in a few days...

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Garden Tuesday, the one about thorn-less blackberries and red currents

I am using this old computer very sparingly, while a new computer has been ordered. Yes we could have just walked into Costco and pulled one off the shelf, but we only need a new tower and operating system, so that is what we are buying. Our Son-in-Law is in this field and he simply calls in an order and goes across the bridge into Portland and picks it up, much like a take out order.......

While we did not get to the Japanese Maple, it is fully leafed out lovely. It will be groomed with a new edge cut, weeded and fresh bark to be set for the year. 

But I could not help but show off what we accomplished this weekend in the garden. I have been pining for thorn-less blackberries and red currents for a few years now, and Sunday it all came together. First we moved the herbs that had survived winter from that spot at the end of the second garden. They were moved to the flowerbed right outside the house, much easier to use in cooking, especially during the fall and winter when the weather is cold and wet. Those that survived were mint, sage, thyme and chives.

This bed takes the shape of a large L, and is planted with a variety of plants and shrubs that attract butterflies. The end next to the sliding glass door received the herbs.

Once the herbs were move, the dirt was turned, two posts sunk and stabilized and finally 4 thorn-less blackberry plants were set into the ground. Next to that 2 red currents. Wire stringers will be added soon.

Next was a bit of clean-up for the 2 rosemary plants. Both needed major pruning to remove the dead from freezing snow. In addition I added a collar of broken paver pieces to be able to to top fill some dirt, this plant could not be planted deeper, there is a mountain of a rock right where it sits.

At this point the rhubarb is doing well, but that seems to change in spite of my efforts as we get closer to harvest time.....

As always, thanks for taking a minute to stop and say hello. We appreciate your time and wonderful comments!

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