Monday, February 25, 2008

This is no joke!

I cleared my calendar today in anticipation of 84 degrees and a full day of planting. It turned out to be 92 - unbelievable!

So, here's what happened in my gardens today. I went to the nursery early this morning and bought every thing they had in stock that was deer-resistant and then scurried home like a little ant to begin my planting. I WAS the ant today.

I planted about 35 plants - and got most of the new bed in place, dirt spread, rocks removed and leaves scooped out. I will certainly add more, and some things with different blooming seasons like some wildflowers and some cutting flowers, but for now, this is a good start.

In the new bed, I planted:

3 Blackfoot daisy
1 Flame Acanthus - Anisacanthus wrighti
3 Damianita - Chryactinia Mexicana
3 Delphinium - bellamosum
1 Mexican Oregano - Poliomentha
5 Indian Paint Brush - Castilleja
9 Rosemary Shimmering Stars - rosmarinus prostratus
5 Society garlic
1 Crepe Myrtle tree that I propagated last summer

Elsewhere, I planted:

1 Nicotiana - pink
4 Snapdragons
1 Cherry Laurel

I started to post a picture of the horrible dirt and rock that I had to dig and crack through to plant these things. I added several inches of garden soil, but the natural dirt was nothing but rock, caliche and black clay so hard that it was just like clumps of rock. Ugh! I hope this amendment will be enough to help the plants grow. Many of them are tough by nature, and deer and drought resistant, so maybe they will feel right at home in my rocks!

Other people were working at my house today, too. The fence is finished! YEAH. The gate was built and hung and it's lovely. Well, maybe not lovely, but functional and it makes me smile. And it WILL be lovely, after I've added some doo-dads and thing-a-ma-jiggies.

My back hurts and I'm the "good" tired. I'm off to bed. Tomorrow, it's supposed to be 63 for the high, after a front blows through tonight. 30 degrees difference in 1 day -- crazy Texas weather. I'll be working inside!


Valerie said...

Sounds like a very fulfilling day. I will be checking back for another visit.

Nancy said...

I'm glad I wasn't the only one who got bit hard by the gardening bug this weekend.

Pam/Digging said...

My windows are open, and I'm listening to the chilly north wind blow in---yea! 92 was a bit too warm for my taste today. Let's save that for late May, shall we?

Diana said...

Valerie - It was a great day! Today it's cool and very, very windy. It got down to 45 last night and tomorrow night it's supposed to be 34. No gardening today!

Nancy - Everything else goes out the window when that gardening bug strikes, doesn't it?!

Pam - I liked the 92, but not much more than that. I'm not so crazy about this wind today, though.

Anonymous said...

Are you still going to put up the arbor over the garden gate? Bob

Diana said...

Hi Bob: I hope to put an arbor up there. I decided I would find one to fit the size of the gate and put it right in front of the gate. I have my fingers crossed that the one I fell in love with at the Natural Gardener will fit and is still there. It was rustic metal with scrollwork on it. I need to measure the space. THEN I have to figure out if I dig up the grass to plant vines or just put pots on either side of it to grow up the arbor. What do you think?

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Oh my gosh. Just reading about your work day gives me the 'itch' to get out there and do something. It was 31 with wind here yesterday. I am hoping for something a little warmer for our work day.

I am looking forward to that'good tired' feeling too. A sore muscle wouldn't be bad either. Ha..

Your lady with flowers in the head is pretty. Can't wait to see all you've planted fill in.