Thursday, March 29, 2012

Spring Has Sprung in Virginia

We just got back from a wonderful week in Breckenridge, Colorado with friends on a snowboard vacation. We got home late Sunday night and when I went to work on Monday I had to wash the windshield and back window to see out of the car!

Last night I took a few shots of what's blooming in our garden beds right now. Remember all those bulbs I planted in the Fall? Here are those same spots now (with some side by side comparisons).

The larger pictures above are what's filling in now: the Tulips and Irises I planted along with a lot of hostas popping up. The smaller pictures are what this bed looked like after cleaning it up and planting.

Before planting

Check them out now, closer up

Before cleaning out & planting

After and look how much bigger the pansies are

There were also some pleasant surprises from the previous owners. The bed below is one that is at the end of the driveway. Sadly, the tree trunk you can see if that of a dead dogwood. I wouldn't let the Mister cut it down until I made sure it didn't come back in the Spring. It was brown in July, but I was hoping that it was just in drought shock. Sadly, we'll have to cut it down. I will probably put another one in there or a Japanese Maple. 

Other things you can spot in this picture: There may be lilies, the fact that I need to weed (just put mulch in the Thursday before vacation!), the white blooming azaleas at the other end of the yard AND the grass we planted in late October.

Remember when I started my herb garden (the only edible garden I got to have last summer since we moved in mid-June)? Here's a shot of how that's progressing. I have planted Dill and Cilantro in there for the Spring. This year I'll actually remove the remainder of the sand, add more soil and fill the whole thing with herbs.

Things are a little bigger, and the basil obviously doesn't make it thru winter around here

Friday, March 2, 2012

Behold The Weekend

We have been out of town the last two weekends. I'm so happy to stay home this weekend and get my regular morning routine on. It's nothing special, consisting of 2 cups of coffee and catching up on the week's shows via DVR while the hubs sleeps in, but it's my routine and it makes my Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday though, I am headed out with a few friends to have a little of this.

Yes, an all you can eat and drink Oyster Roast. Plenty of beer and loads of oysters. LOVE.

On Sunday, I plan on getting back out in the yard and doing some mulching in these flower beds that I planted tons of bulbs in and cleaning up an area that we have planned for use as a big vegetable garden. I did not get any vegetables last year as we moved in June, leaving no time to plant tomatoes.

I was thrilled to see that the people that owned the house before us did have a little love for Spring flowers. We have daffodils blooming right now and crocus. I've also seen little tulips popping up in a few places that I actually did not plant any. Very Exciting.

Happy Weekend!!