Sunday, March 4, 2012

Choices and Priorities

We all have choices in life and life requires that we make priorities. Sometimes the choice is a no-brainer; other times there isn't much of a choice if we are to avoid consequences, if we are to meet our obligations, if we are to be true not just to ourselves or to others, as well. 

And sometimes we procrastinate.

So to clear my head, I went on a walk about the Garden Spot today, where I did find a bit of Spring:

 The first tulip bud; the daffodils are not far behind. In fact the ones we planted last year have been peeking through the soil since mid-January. I tend to think that because they were planted in newly tiled soil, they had little trouble pushing through. . .

 . . .I found the Head Gardener tiling the vegetable garden. 
We will plant sweet peas and green peas St. Patrick's Day. I helped him sort and organize gardening supplies and tools on the golf cart. . .

. . .I found a glorious day. Our first day when we could be outside without a coat--mid- 50s, 
but the Garden Spot is brown, brown, brown. . .

. . . I found one of the neighbors hiding in the windbreak: a little black goat. 
I wanted to get a picture of him and his friends, but they got into the wind break 
before I could get a good shot. I did a walk about to pick up trash that had blown into the pasture. . .

. .  . Not a new discovery, the wounded pine that suffered major damage from the snow storm we had last October that devastated the trees, not just at the Garden Spot, but all along the Front Range. It will take years for trees to recover. We spent over $1,000. having our trees pruned a couple of weeks ago. This once full and beautiful pine tree will never recover.

Back to the choices. 

And I am finding that the super market has some bulb good choices: Iris (a variety that I don't have), Anemones (which I have never planted before), and my favs, gladioli. 

So while the choice in deciding which bulbs to buy was practically a no brainer, the priority for the afternoon was grading 75 annotated bibliographies for research papers in my college research class. Oh long deep sigh, followed by a gutteral groan.

I procrastinated. I am procrastinating now. Shame on me. Fortunately, I have the day off tomorrow and while the stack of 75 projects looks awfully intimidating, the assignment is fairly easy to grade and I have all week to get them done. 

It felt so good to get outside today, to sort the gardening stuff, to walk around to see what's coming up, and checking out to see what projects need to be done--everything from clean-up to digging up and transplanting, to pruning and Preening (the weed pre-emergent). I have one more week of school then spring break. I really am ready for a break.

Some of you asked by the vase in my last post: Hull or McCoy? Hull. It is my mother-in-law's. She is now in a nursing home, the lovely vase lives here where I like to use it. It does have a small chip on the inside lip, but it still is pretty.

Well, I have my week planned out for me, and I hope that you all have a great week. Go find Spring then report back.


  1. Looks like a nice day! That stack reminds me of when my Dad would bring the Biology notebooks home to grade. Stacks of notebooks everywhere! The life of teacher...that is why I AM NOT one!

  2. I planted anemone corms, and they are just beginning to break through. When they flower they add such a lovely touch of colour.

  3. Hello Ann
    Just popped along to say hello and welcome you as a follower :o)
    I'm just off to have a good look around, but your 'garden spot' is huge in comparison to my little pocket handkerchief! Hope all your lovely new bulbs give you many hours of pleasure, anemones are gorgeous and remind me so much of my dear Nan...
    Sending very best wishes
    Rose H

  4. Oh, that stack of grading . . . argh! You'll get it finished, though.
    When should we plant the summer bulbs? My glads didn't come up last year.
    Two days of warm and then snow. Can it be?

  5. OH my, that stack is quite intimidating! I know I'd be procrastinating too. Your bulb packs make me dream of the approaching spring, but the snow I found on the ground this morning did not bode well. But my Siberian iris were blooming in February, so make sure to plant lots of them. You won't regret it!

  6. Wow, that's a stack to grade. You are so lucky, no signs of spring here yet :(

  7. The land in your photos does look very dry - is it always that dry this time of year?. The Dutch Iris will be really nice. Gladioli are a favourite in Northern Ireland; I don't have any as the bulbs tend to rot in my clay soil. I hope they all do well for you! P.S. that's alot of papers to look at!