Memorial Day Garden Print
Written by Sherry   
Monday, 26 May 2008 14:45
Between the dizzying demands of Institute work and the spring gardening season, blogging has almost been nil. This weekend has been given over almost entirely to gardening: a truckload of topsoil, 12 yards of mulch put down, 4 extra large garbage can bags of debris raked up. All in preparation for planting.

Last summer, we built the skeleton. This summer, we are fleshing it out. Trees, shrubs, grasses, wildflowers, perennials. No time or money for annuals this year. (The big bed above is already planted with wildflower seeds that are just germinating and too small to be seen. Pikes Peak would be visible in the distance just left of center if our volunteer poplar wasn't obscuring the view.)

(Russian Hawthorne trees planted last June in full bloom today.)

That's because, as one family member put it memorably: "you aren't landscaping a yard, you are building a park!"

And its beginning to feel that way. Who knew that 1/3 of an acre was so big?

(Xeric perennials and bulbs planted last summer are back in good form.)

When we're done, there will be 17 trees and 27 large (as in 6 - 12 feet high) shrubs in the back yard. And that's just the big stuff. There are 57 trees/shrubs/roses/lilacs/vines to be planted along the back fence alone!

Someday, I know there will come a Memorial Day weekend when I will simply sit on the patio and revel. But it is not this day.

But I did get a glimpse of things to come this morning and thought I'd share a few pictures with you.