Wednesday, February 08, 2006
I am having a hard time waiting for spring.
I have an hour of prime gardening time after I get off work and before I pick up Jeff. After that it gets dark out. Therefore I've been rushing home on sunny days (or days where it's not actively pouring on my head) and pulling early weeds like a fiend. It may not officially be gardening season quite yet, but I'm thinking of it as a pre-emptive strike.
Great unholy clots of creeping ranunculus (those strangling tenacious little devils) are my main target at the moment. I've really been putting some energy into this mission. I figure if I pull (annihilate) a hundred a day....gee, in only 6854 more days I should be getting ahead of them. grumble grumble
I remember when I was a child being asked to dig up dandelions out of the lawn. Sometimes I'd pretend I was a gigantic monster coming along and capturing little dandelion people with my dandelion-digger. Bloodthirsty, perhaps, but it made weeding more fun. And I'm sure I'm not the only one who's thought along those lines. Even today, I know people who are quite bloodthirsty about annihilating dandelions.
Anyway, as you can see from my photos, there are a few prettier things in the flower-beds right now. Snowdrops, yellow cowslips, and purple primroses are all blooming here and there. And the greenery from bulbs are poking through too.
Two weeks ago I put in one hundred and ninety-five late tulip bulbs. They were fifty percent off at the nursery and the clerk assured me I could still put them in if I did it right away so they could still have a little bit of winter cold before they bloomed. I've never planted them so late, so we shall see.
It was a wonderful work-out, planting all those bulbs. Bending and squatting and twiting.Better than the gym. I could barely move the next day. :)
If you really need to do a bit of gardening, but you can't get outdoors yet, you can grow (or kill) your own little virtual plant while playing the Window Box game. To date I've raised a number of sad-looking plants at this site over the years. I've started naming them things like Poor L'il Thing and What's-the-Use .
Sigh, I need to put a sticky note on the computer to remind me to water them.