Spring is springing and my backyard is an overgrown jungle.
Every year I can’t wait to start gardening. But here’s the issue. I always have good intentions, I always start strongly, and then . . . I peter out. Last year we put in a huge retaining wall and did a lot of other work in the front yard. I need to put in some roses (which are sitting waiting for me to do that) and put in some Calla lilies and some low-growing sedums. All for the front. (But a lot of things are thriving there and I’m looking forward to some flowers!)
But the back yard is . . . Sigh. I have blackberries growing in from over and under the back fence. I have grass invading everywhere. My garden beds are full of weeds. My backyard roses desperately need pruning. My strawberry bed last year took a hit from the heat so I need to give it some tender loving care . . . OR turn it into a raspberry bed, which honestly, is what I’m leaning toward. Mostly because I planted black raspberries near that bed and they’ve since been poking up through the strawberries.
Then I have logan berries that are sending up shoots everywhere and I’ve got to try to corral them. And did I mention the weeds? So many weeds. And I have to go work on the blueberries. They need some tender loving care, too.
I’ve started a bunch of things in my kitchen–tomatoes, some peppers, some blue squash, and a couple of artichokes. Not sure how they’ll do, but I figure I should try. I think I’m too late for planting the cold weather plants like broccoli and lettuce and such.
I love flowers, and I love food-bearing plants, but I don’t like weeding and other upkeep. Or not a lot of it. Or rather, I like it, but I tend to get busy with everything else and that makes it tough to make time. Still, I can’t wait to have fresh flowers in the house. The roses I’m planting are very fragrant, so I’m excited to get some of those in.
Next up? Going to start weeding and cutting out blackberries and trying to start tame things well enough to figure out what to do. This is the first warm weather we’ve had, so far. Course, before I can do any of that, I have to finish my book and grade some things for the class I teach, and maybe clean my house.
Well, maybe not clean the house. That’s going a little bit crazy.