Spot, the bottle fed goat, enjoying some Spring flowers!
Thanks to some unseasonably warm weather and Daylight Savings Time, I have been able to get a few hours worth of work done in the yard this week.
I have found that you can use "baby steps" to get almost any job done. This is how I've been able to make some progress in the yard after work this week:
Yesterday, after stopping at the grocery store, I came home and put some lasagna in the oven. While it was baking I went outside and tackled the area underneath just one tree. I picked up two large containers of pine cones and a pile of sticks. If I can clean up the area underneath one tree every day, I will accomplish a lot without having a marathon work session.
I also cleaned up a running rose bush that had some dead wood, a fire ant hill covering the roots and a honey suckle vine growing on it. Poor thing was in dire need of some work. This rose bush came from a cutting of a beautiful pink rosebush that my grandmother had growing in her yard many years ago. It only blooms in May. I have had this rose bush for about 30 years. My plan is to root several cuttings this Spring so that I can share this gorgeous plant.
I think the way my rooting was taken is called "layering". My mother pulled a long branch of the rose down to the ground, covered it with some dirt, and laid a brick on top of it to hold it in place. When it had rooted to the ground, she cut it from the Mama plant and transplanted it in the location it is in now. My plan is to do the same thing, except to place the limb on top of a pot full of potting soil. This way all I have to do is cut the plant from its Mama and it will be easy to keep the rooting alive until it is planted. This rosebush is a very old fashioned plant and very hardy!
I can see so many of my perennials coming up! It won't be long before Spring has sprung and there will be all kinds of flowers growing. I am anxious this year to plant lots of flowers. One of my favorites is Zinnias. They are the easiest flowers I have ever grown and so beautiful. I usually purchase inexpensive Zinnia seeds at Dollar General or Walmart.
Do you have any Spring gardening plans?