Monday, March 9, 2020

Spring is in the Air

"It smells like spring. Come out and smell the air," said the Head Gardener as he left the house to feed the horses. I obliged, taking a long deep breath of clean, freshly washed air. A light rain had dampened the patio and softened the lawn and indeed spring was in the air. Still officially weeks away, Spring is making her intentions clear at the Garden Spot this morning.

Last week I was lamenting the lack of moisture, hoping for rain and took the photo on the left for Instagram to show that Garden Spot was beginning to green up. Wanting to show how much the rain has helped stimulate the grass, I took a second photo today, but the shadows don't help to accomplish my goal.

Spring bulbs offer more proof that Spring is lurking about. In the front courtyard the crocus and tulips have a good start along with the wild hyacinth ready to burst forth in bloom. While in the newly planted bed at the end of the barn circle, the tulips are barely poking through the ground, making me nervous that they won't bloom at all. Be patient, I tell myself; they are young.

When the HG is gone, I am on chore duty which isn't a big deal: feed the horses and the hens. There is a certain perk to chore duty: a handful of fresh eggs. The ladies are now producing 3-6 eggs a day. I think I'll make some deviled eggs today. 

We've lost more fish, some now in the large pond. Yet Big Boy the koi has survived. I'm so glad. We lost the other koi last year when a great blue heron took it. 

As the garden comes to life and the gardening catalogs arrive, we can't help but begin to plan the garden work that will begin in a few days. We have five acres, so there is a lot to do. Some of those chores were neglected last year as we prepared for a wedding here, so some things got out of hand. Here's my list of TO-DO in the garden:

  1. Prune and feed Roses in front court yard
  2. In the center garden, rake away dead debris and top dress with compost to help discourage the bindweed. I've been doing research on how to control bindweed. There are 3 approaches: Round-up, aside from the risks, it does not reach the roots so only the surface plant dies and will regrow; cloth or plastic weed barrier only cover up the plant and it is strong enough to grow out from underneath the weed barrier; finally, composting or changing the soil make-up. The roots grow very deep and are very hardy and the plant like this Colorado clay, but it does not like compost. We will have the local nursery deliver a load and where the bindweed grows, we will top dress and water like crazy--another thing bindweed doesn't like, water--with the hopes of at least reducing it.
  3. The pastures and lawn need fertilization, which my husband will spread either using his 4-wheeler or the golf cart to spread the fertilizer. 
  4. Replace all of the drip system that the dog tore out. Ugh.
And that is a partial list. Mostly maintenance in early spring.

So as the days warm, we will be spending more time outside enjoying the sun and doing what we love the most, tending plants. 

What's on your garden list? 

Thanks for visiting. I'll be joining Angie for Mosaic Monday.


  1. We don't have a big garden any more but we work in our flower beds during the winter months. We're already into pollen season here! Enjoy your week and the nice days!

  2. Ann - gardening requires a fair amount of patience, don't you think? We don't have much green around here yet - still lots of snow on the ground. But the sun is warm and birds are returning, so I know Spring is on its way. My gardening list includes: 1) clean up pine cones and sticks that have fallen throughout the winter, 2) plant spring seeds that I collected last fall and 3) protect young plants that are most likely to get nibbled! I loved the picture of your pond with the reflection. Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday!

  3. Definitely rose pruning and feeding, if the rain ever stops for long enough to get out there. Everywhere is so very wet here and chores that normally would have been done by now are still on a list.

  4. "It smells like spring. Come out and smell the air!" What a wonderful thing to say and a wonderful start for a post. Your first paragraph is the most beautiful I have read for some time. Spring is clearly arriving there.
    (Here not yet - we have had more snow in March than in January and February. So not many works that could be done. The most important one now is protecting rhododendrons and small conifers from excessive winds and sun rays.)
    Your to do -list is impressive. Five acres... more than 2 hectares, that's quite a garden! It looks very beautiful and varied. Much work and much satisfaction.
    Happy spring - stay safe and healthy!

  5. Those eggs look good, and there is always plenty to do in the garden …
    Happy Spring.

    All the best Jan

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