A little time in the garden this weekend

I finally found that this weekend I didn’t feel I have a 100 other tasks to complete, so somehow I ended up in the garden. I really had only planned to filled the bird feeders, but then I allowed some other tasks to attract my attention

First was just a little cleanup in the back woodland area. The Iron Plant had a bunch of spent leaves so I took a few minutes to clean them up. There are a lot of leaves to clean up back there, too, so I need to drag the chipper shredder out of its shed and put it to work again. I hope it will start after a few months of storage, but if not I have a few friends I can all on for their mechanical expertise.

Garden Cleanup

Next, I finally got around to planting the sword ferns I pulled from a friend’s garden. I have had these in pots for months. I figured they would die before I got them in the ground, but they actually seemed to thrive in the pots, especially after the big rains we had last month. There are even a few, new fiddleheads forming on the base of each one. Still, it was time to get them into the ground, so I took a bare area in the deeply shaded south bed and spaced the three out to give them some room to spread. I think this is a good spot for these ferns and hope they fill the entire end of the bed. It was looking pretty sad, but I think this will green things up a bit.

This picture shows them in their new home.

Newly planted sword ferns

Finally, I happened to notice the wisteria had suddenly spring to life. It had been completely bare just a few days ago, but now the plant at each leg of the pergola was throwing off green leaves with abandon. I had hoped to neaten it up a bit before it leafed out, but that will have to wait until the mid-season pruning in the few months, I guess. We are still in a recovery period for the wisteria, due to the severe pruning we did when the pergola was built, so no flowers this year. Maybe next.

Wisteria leaves

Until next time, go enjoy your garden!

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I Like This – February 11, 2011

Palm Trees using Toonpaint for iPhone



Palm Trees – Toonpaint, originally uploaded by dewelch.

A quick Toonpaint enhanced photo of the old palm trees at a friend’s house. I like the way the program stylized the trees. They almost seem to be moving.

Ash tree in Winter



Ash tree in Winter, originally uploaded by dewelch.

A blustery day here in Los Angeles. The bare ash tree was rustling and swaying in the wind. The temperature was in the low 60’s but the wind made it seem much colder. Nothing like the blizzard back east, but cool for LA.

This photo was taken on the iPhone and then doctored using the Toonpaint iPhone app.

Azalea blooms



Azalea blooms, originally uploaded by dewelch.

One entire area of our geometric azalea beds is exploding with color today. I grabbed this quick shot as we headed out for our daily walk.

Nandina berries



Nandina berries, originally uploaded by dewelch.

Some additional color in the garden at this time of year.

I Like This – January 27, 2011

Snowbells



Snowbells, originally uploaded by dewelch.

Pretty snowbells in the back garden today. The white against the dark foliage, and the tiny green dots on the white flowers look so amazing.

First Daffodils and my Google-based gardening calendar



First Daffodils, originally uploaded by dewelch.

A quick iPhone photo of the first daffodils to appear in the garden this year. I noticed them coming up about a week ago, but just saw these as I stepped outside to take some video of the street resurfacing that is happening on our street.

Adding the bloom date to my Google Calendar-based gardening journal. I put in an all-day event that then repeats yearly, forever, so that I can see what happens when at a glance.

You can try this yourself. Add a secondary calendar to Google Calendar (or whatever electronic calendar you use) and then add in events as they happen. If you have historical data, you can go back and add some of that in, too.