Thursday, March 5, 2009

Doldrums of winter

It's that time of year when nothing is growing and nothing seems to be happening. Its been exceptionally dry. We are more than 15 inches below normal already. To make matters worse, we've had record high temperatures, it even got to 84 in February. The last couple of days we've had an arctic blast dropping overnight temps into the low 40's with daytime highs in the lower 60's. I had to bring my "nursery" inside again.

Its with eager anticipation that I long for some soaking rain. I know when June comes, I'll be singing a different tune.

I finally gave in and had to start irrigating the lawn, for fear of it dying altogether and because my lawn looks the worst in the neighbourhood.

I finally gathered the courage to start on the front garden. My wife's been nagging me to start. She has been complaining since the beginning that I should focus on the front yard and not the back. I put this off to the last because I didn't know what theme I wanted, how to blend the landscape with the existing three large queen palms and neither did I have the budget to go and buy the large plants I wanted. I spent a little bit of money at Lowe's and bought some plants on sale. For the more formal look I want in front, I need a lot of the same plants for a mass planting.
I'll be posting pictures of my progress soon.


  1. We will be looking forward to the pictures.

  2. Hi. I've always been ambivalent with my front yard. Huge sweet gum trees suck all available moisture and drop billions of godforsaken seed pods. Deer routinely stride through for a few tasty tidbits and neighbor dogs like to leave little blessings on what is a sorry excuse for a lawn. I just checked out Front Yard Idea Book published by Taunton of Fine Gardening fame. Eye candy.

    I hope you'll keep us posted on your progress.