Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Sunny days

I didn't want to squander my sunny day yesterday so I went out back to do some yard work. The yard is crammed with weeds. I always want to be a real grownup with nice yards but turns out that Bret and I are just losers when it comes to most around the house kinds of things. We're the people condos are made for.

My Lady Banks roses are going to really put on a show this year. I need to string up some wire on the fence for them for some architecture, right now they are just running wild in the corner of the yard. They'll put on a great show in another week or so it looks like.

Both my pitiful lilacs are getting ready to bloom. I don't have the heart to pull them out, but they're pretty straggly looking lilacs. Last year I made a last ditch effort to prune back half of the plant in hopes of forcing some new growth, we'll see how that works out.

My lovely little Apple Blossom carpet rose should do well if I can keep the weeds and the gazenias away from it.

My apricot tree is a trouper. I'd say at this point most of the tree is dead, but still it manages to bloom just a bit. I think by the end of the week these buds will be flowers and blow away in the wind we've been having. Or will wash away in the rain we're supposed to get this week.

My new crabapple tree.. I can't wait for it to bloom. I'd have a yard full of these if I could, nothing is prettier to me than a blooming tree.
Maybe more sewing later... when it's sunny I just go from one thing to another till it gets dark. Hope you had a good day people! xo


Blogger laurie said...

I have the cousin of your lilac tree in my back yard. Spindly, sad thing with one flowering branch. I threaten to yank it out every year, but I haven't. Good luck with the crabapple.

6:29 AM  
Blogger Library Gal Quilts said...

I too loved the sunny weather yesterday up here. the weeds looked pitiful and the lawn needs trimming. How I love those grown ups that keep everything so tidy, or at least their yard help does {{smiles}} All the sweet pink trees in yards all over town are blooming and I am sure there will be pink petals covering the ground after the storm we are soon to get. Good thing fabric has perfect blooms :) Pam in Chico

7:19 AM  
Blogger Nicole said...

I had a Lady Banks rose at my last house in Palo Alto. It was glorious in March when it bloomed, but I have to say it was a little too happy. It just about covered our entire garage!

8:16 AM  
Blogger Miss Jean said...

Lady Banks Rose is one of our favorites. There is one on the road near hear that covers a two story well house. Spectacular in the spring. Your lilac should be fine, but depending on when you pruned it, you may have to wait until next year for many blossoms. (I worked in retail nursery for five years).

What a difference a day makes in weather!!!

8:20 AM  
Blogger ferne said...

Those pictures must have been from yesterday because today is cloudy and gray. I inherited some very spindly lilacs and cut a few back a lot last year, it helped tremendously so this year the rest are getting it as soon as they are done blooming. You really are a lot more of a gardener than you think. The best part of gardening is getting in there and feeling the soil and pulling the weeds, examining all the buds and bugs and life going on. Enjoy!

9:06 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

We finally have a couple days of sun!!! I just love when the plants start popping out of the ground and buds appear! Not crazy about that yard work though ;)

10:23 AM  
Anonymous Kelly said...

So in my book, if you own gardening gloves and know the names of your plants, you definitely have a "grown up" yard. ;-) Looks pretty to me.

10:24 AM  
Anonymous happy zombie said...

"We're the people condos are made for" - YOU KILL ME! What a great tag line that is! So if you and RB WERE in a condo... then all we'd get to see are some potted plants on your 5x10 balcony, and not your beautiful budding and almost blooming trees and plants.

Unless the condo complex is gated with security... then put me and CTC down for one too!

11:34 AM  
Blogger Quiltingholliday said...

I understand re: condo statement - my life, too would be so much easier in a condo(just sewing quilting & reading here 24/7) but how can you refer to yourselves as "losers" when you continually share the most envious pics of your patio & yrd? You inspire me w/ ur "coffee time" on your inviting & oh so cosy patio & I love seeing all the well-tended plants living in your yard!! Kudos to you & hubby!!!

12:10 PM  
Anonymous Robyn of Coffee and Cotton said...

Looks like Spring is almost to your neck o' the woods

1:34 PM  
Blogger Pat / Silver Thimble Quilt Co. said...

Maybe we can find condos for quilters! That would wok for me.

3:11 PM  
Blogger QuiltSoup said...

I don't know what you are complaining about! I think all those plants and trees look just fine. And I will NEVER forget that beautiful rosebush from last year. Nevahh, Evahh, Eevahh. Now if I could just remember the name of that kind of rose, I would be in good shape!

3:13 PM  
Blogger Angelina said...

You'd miss drinking your cup of coffee out in the yard if you didn't have it!

4:35 PM  
Blogger Chef Mama Lori said...

It's so fun to see the pictures you post of nature! I'm pretty much a yard slob. I LOVE pretty manicured yards, and I WANT to have a garden, but my energy level & desire level never match up. LOL! My hubby worked doing a lot of landscaping stuff before we were married for a large property & has never wanted to do much with any yard since then. I'll just enjoy the pictures!

7:51 PM  
Blogger Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

The snails to me are one step above a mouse - scary. Your yard looks lovely, even if it is the edited parts. I love spring but hate weeds and knowing I'm not going to pull them. Dave will work in the yard but resents it if no one helps him. He's happy if I pull a chair, hand stitch and just stick with him while he does it so I do that. We have 1.5 acres so it is a lot of yard. Some of it is wild and I'm ok with that. When you pull up to our house in the summer you can't even see the house. I love the overgrown look. I know some people think that is just not neat and tidy but I like the wild. I'm a wild thing I guess at heart. Soon we'll be having your weather here.

9:36 AM  

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