I finally got around to planting the snapdragons I bought then promptly forgot about. Let’s hope they spring back.
I also got a bunch of pink/rose hyacinth bulbs and popped those in the ground. Thinking I’m gonna keep that area for annuals and bulbs.
Tomorrow (Today?) Is Mother’s day and I spent all day shopping for garden stuff for her and I still don’t feel like it’s enough. It’s been such a joy being able to share gardening with her and it makes me really feel like I have a view into her world and I just want a good way to express that to her.
I pulled seven volunteer trees out of the yard and potted them up. Here’s hoping they survive the trauma enough to be planted around town, some of those roots were so deep I had to hack a bit off. There’s a couple I really wanted to try to chase but their roots were too entangled in others so I can’t keep them :(
I planted the mullein I bought a bit ago behind my lavender hedge. It’s on a hill so it’ll still get plenty of sunlight while they’re babies, and by the time it spreads the lavender won’t even be a problem.
I also planted the two perovskia in my guerilla garden patch and took a look at the ceanothus. It lost one of it’s arms to some dickhead, and I’ve learned more about what it is to guerilla garden. But the soil seems richer with the recent rain, so I think it’ll be okay in the long run. Still, I feel like I need to communicate with the land there better, claim it like a Pratchett witch.
There’s also something so powerful about going out in the garden wearing a long black skirt and decked in jewelry. Feels like a power move.
Can a plant be possessed? I swear my mom’s strawberry plant I got her last year is. Note I dumbly put the poor demon thing too close to her cucumber plant last year and it got buried under it. But this thing survived that being buried under a crazy out of control cucumber plant for nearly 4 months, the crazy northern panhandle of WV winter weather which for this year is rain rain oh freezing temps and rain BUT it’s still green!!!
Saturday was cold and intermittently very wet (last weekend we were wearing shorts, Friday it snowed up the hill 10min from us), so lots of time spent indoors. I drew up plans for a quail coop / tractor and sent them off to get a cost on how much to build it. (Maybe I could build it myself? I’m not great with tools though). I made banana muffins and cooked a batch of soup. I’d arranged earlier in the week to catch up on the phone with my BFF and we talked for two hours - had I not needed to prep dinner I’m sure we could’ve gone longer.
Sunday the rain had cleared. I got some chores out of the way so by the time the husband got back with the groceries, those obligations were out of the way. After lunch I was out in the garden - mostly just pottering around, sweeping the path, tidying up an unruly hose, weeding, making weed tea (a tonic for plants - made from garden weeds), trimming the trees that run along our front fence. Nothing really was planned but it was steady and methodical, finish one thing and move on to the next, the sort of outside busy work that soothes my brain. The husband meanwhile got the smoker going and cooked various meats for meals this week: salmon for tonight’s dinner, sausages for later this week (will freeze them in the meantime), a butterflied marinated chicken for Sunday night’s dinner. While we ate dinner, he smoked some apples stuffed with chocolate and sultanas, and served them with ice cream for dessert (they were so, so good!).
The only downside was some confusing messages from the husband’s work. Last night was meant to be the easing of some restrictions subject to COVID case numbers in the state. And, yes, we met those targets and some so the eased the restrictions as planned and even a little more. His work - based on the previous restriction roadmap - had said to start booking in onsite jobs again from this week (so he has two weeks of appointments booked in). And then last night his work said to hold off. Still waiting for clarification as to whether that means until the next step on the easing of restrictions road map or until after Monday or who even knows.