The weather here in the Northeast has been spectacular and summer-like. Sunny and in the hight 80's. I am way ahead of schedule with yard work this spring which means more time to enjoy the yard and gardens.
Yesterday I got a truckload of free pavers. Lifting close to 2000 pounds of concrete in about an hour was quite a workout for an old guy like me. Problem is, I don't have a specific project in mind.
Did some Roto-tilling today. Getting that straight line along the front is a real challenge. I'm a little off as you can see.
Now this monstrous invention gave me a real workout. I think plowing behind a Wild Horse would have been easier.
The Prickly Pear Cacti are getting erect. They lay flat to the ground in winter, then perk up in spring. These are a variety native to the Northeast, particularly Martha's Vineyard and the New Jersey Shore where I've seen them growing wild. I've had these specimens or their ancestors for over 25 years.
The cactus garden gets full of leaves in the fall and winter. I don't suppose folks in Arizona have to blow Oak, Maple and Birch leaves out of their cacti. This is another monster to deal with. It works for 20 minutes or so, then quits. After a good night's rest it will work another 20 minutes tomorrow.
These are cacti specimens that are not winter hardy so they've been in the basement all winter. Some are bare root, some are cuttings.
These are the potted cacti that have been in the sunroom all winter. They are lined up on the stone wall ready to go into the cactus garden.
This year I am trying to get some seedlings started. Flowers, basil, some hot peppers, lettuce.
A new see-through Pride Flag...oops, that's upside down, isn't it?
These look like aliens.
But they are in fact "fiddle heads" - newly sprouting ferns. A springtime delicacy among French Canadians.
Getting the outdoor shower ready to hook up. We have hot and cold water outdoors, just for this.
"Snow Drops" in 80 degree weather.
Hosta sprouting up.
"Bleeding Hearts" emerging.
And Jacob's Ladder.
The Geranium that's been in the sunroom all winter.
Hens and chicks - sempervivum
This was one of the first gifts that Leon gave me; it made me cry because it's so sentimental. It's got to be 20 years old by now. It is also the name of one of my favorite songs. But someone needs to change the words to make them suitable for same-gender couples.
Will someone tell me how to embed a YouTube Video? That link above will take you to the song by Mary Chapin Carpenter, but I can't put it directly into the blog...
Montauk Daisy - seen a lot on Cape Cod.
Stella D'oro Lilies
Peonies poking through.
Clay Pots awaiting.
Putsing around the yard has its therapeutic value. There's weight lifting, and using the machines as well as the relaxing chores and the visuals. I haven't been following the Vatican or the gay press the last few days. I'm sure not much has changed for the better.
What a gorgeous spring this year. What a gift! Enjoy!