Spring Garden Work

This used to be my wonderful Silver Maple that I designed my patio/sink area around.  It is dead.  Killed by my fool of a neighbor.  He just had to put a small plugin fountain right on the other side of the fence and so he just had to dig out all of the roots on my tree to level it.  Now, not only is my tree dead, I have  a gaping hole in my privacy screen.  I am going to try to plant some small arborvitae which will take years to fill in.

Meanwhile, see the two tubs on either side of the trunk?  I am going to grow some climbing roses and clematis up the trunk and into the branches.

I moved this planter and am about to disassemble it and move a raised bed planter into this area.  It receives partial shade so this will be a good spot for lettuces, basil and cilantro.

I think it is time for a fire.  I cleaned these twigs up from around the yard.

I've moved my bay trees outside. They did pretty good wintering over in my garden room.

This is the raised planter that will be moved to that spot.

Big cleanup needed in the perennial beds.

And oh, the shame of it, these are my gooseberries and currents I bought last Fall and never planted.  I need to get them planted soon.

It's hard to imagine this might eventually be beautiful!

My big vegetable garden down below has not done well the last couple years because as my trees grow, it receives too much shade.  I've been planting veggies in pots on my driveway which has not been ideal.  The pots are too small and it's tough to keep up with the watering when it gets really hot.   So, I have other plans for this year.
I brought in the big guns!  These are galvanized horse troughs.  I should have a great garden this year when I turn these into planters.  I will show pics when I prep them.
Teddy is still holding up her boo boo.

I went to my favorite garden shop when it opened yesterday.  I will have to be careful with everything with inevitable cold temps at night.

I couldn't help myself though.  I am so ready to plant.

I even bought a couple vines which will have to stay inside for a while.

But first I have to turn these into jam for the shelter.  I have to bake biscuits to go with them.


Anonymous said…
Those horse troughs will be perfect! It's so much easier with that big containers.

You will need strong growing roses, what kind are You thinking of? There are lots of clematises that will grow fast to big hights but few of them are hardy enough to grow up here.

Too early to plasnt anything annual or perennial here yet, well it can stay warm until spring really should arrive here but I don't trust that :-) But I did move a columbine to the latest flowerbed so now it isn't completely empty :-)

Have a great day!
Patty Woodland said…
I was going to ask after Teddy. So sorry to hear her foot still hurts.

Hubby has started his seeds in the basement but it's still months 'til planting
I think the idea of putting climbing roses and clematis up the trunk and into the branches is a wonderful thing. It will be beautiful, for sure.
There's nothing worse than gaps in a privacy screen. Damn your neighbour!
Megs said…
I can't wait to see the troughs! I can't wait to plant, too, though it is too early. Maybe I'll get some pansies and lettuce.
Biscuits and homemade jam- I bet those guys at the shelter will be in heaven.
Cottage Tails said…
Oh what a stooped neighbour - I bet you are sad. Having the climbers will help a tad.
Seems soo funny you are waking up your land and garden and here I am thinking of tucking every thing up for the coming winter.
Love Leanne
Guillaume said…
I love the first picture. So eerie.
Jim said…
Too bad about the Silver Maple! Good idea to use the dead tree. Ever think of planting Virginia Creeper? It grows very fast and looks great in the fall too!!
We have a few weeks before we can actually dig in the garden but you are giving me a few ideas here. thanks. And happy gardening!
Anonymous said…
such wonderful ideas and changes, the horses troughs are perfect, strawberry jam and biscuits, your fellas are going to be over the moon!!!!Poor Teddy, that's a shame, hope it soon heals, its taking its time , we can't control what our neighbors do, thats so sad,
Barb said…
Ok, your neighbor gets the dumb-dumb award!!! I think your veggies will love the big containers. Sorry to see poor Teddy still holding up her paw.
Sorry about Teddy, what vet the vet say? I also feel bad about your tree.
Sandy said…

I'm sorry to see Teddy still holding her paw. Did your vet give you an idea whats up?

Darn neighbor, that tree of years took a long time to grow to this height.

Yum, strawberry jam and biscuits!!!