Monday, March 17, 2014

Green for St. Patrick's Day.

When I woke up on Thursday, I could see the light had the grey of a snowy day. I looked out the window and could only say, "Damn." Not a lot of snow, I'll grant you, but still it was mid-March and I didn't like seeing any snow.
But March is capricious and the very next day the temperatures climbed into the 60's, and I was out in the yard planting flowers. Twelve six-packs of purple pansies, to add a little color for any prospective buyer. The sweet-smelling hyacinths are also in bloom.
I spent all afternoon both Friday and Saturday working in the yard, not stopping either day until nearly 7:00 pm. Lots of weeding and pulling bucket after bucket full of dead leaves and dumping them at the street to be hauled away. I worked until my back ached, blissful in the warm sun.
Twelve bags of mulch later, the beds you can see from the street are all neat and presentable. I have loads of daffodils blooming and tiny white bells on the pierris. The tulips and irises are sprouting and are not far behind. When I went out to take pictures today, I noticed the green beginning in the underbrush in the woods, so I know I won't have terribly long to wait for the trees to fill in. As soon as that happens, this house goes on the market.

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  1. "But March is capricious and the very next day the temperatures climbed into the 60's.."

    You are SO right about that because last weekend was gorgeous. Sunny, blue sky, and in the 60's. However, last night the temps plummeted and this morning we had a very heavy snowfall. Crazy.

    Your yard looks so beautiful. Well done! And I love the brightness and cheeriness of the flowers.

    "The sweet-smelling hyacinths are also in bloom."

    That is like my favorite flower aroma. Also, wisteria and freesia :)

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  2. Glad the weather cooperated and you got to see green for St. Patrick's Day. I think my sister in the DC area got to see more snow. Lovely time to put the home in the market when things are blooming I do believe! Again good luck with it!

    betty

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    1. I'm hopeful that we are done with snow now. There is none in the forecast for the next ten days.

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  3. see we got the reverse....it was 68...and then we got an ice storm the last 2 days....i am ready for some green...and new life...and sleeping in grass...without ice...ha...

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    1. We got cooler weather and rain the last two days but not bad.

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  4. My snow may be melting, but I am still so far from seeing green. *jealous sigh*

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    1. I hope so. Our ice was so thick this year it might have killed a fair amount of our grass.

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  5. I long for 60!

    You are a hard worker. I know what 12 bags of mulch requires :-)

    Great to see these pansies. Pray for me :-)

    Love
    kj

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    1. When I have a goal, I can work pretty tirelessly.

      I'll sending warming thoughts your way, how about that?

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  6. Looks like Spring! Do you have a place to go if your house sells quickly?

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    1. Nope, not yet. I'll start house hunting when I put this place on the market, but if it sells quickly, I'll get an apartment temporarily and store my things.

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  7. It's so satisfying the first time you get outside in the garden after winter isn't it? We tidied the back and front gardens last week and they look so neat. :)

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    1. Yes it is - that happened a coupe of weeks ago and I loved it.

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  8. Best of luck with the housing market. Did you say where you are planning to move to?

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  9. Looks great--very productive with your short time of warmth. When we hit 60 or so, I expect the Mrs. here will shift into gardening mode.

    I hope the house sale goes well for you then.

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  10. St. Pats came and went in snow flurries here, which I don't mind on that day. It keeps the general loonyness under some control. My youngest described Butte's St. Pat's day as "Low-rent Mardi Gras, only cold."

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    1. They do a pub crawl here, ut I think it's reasonably contained.

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  11. Your flowers and planting areas look lovely.

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  12. If I were a prospective buyer, I'd certainly be impressed by how neat and tidy everything looks. I wouldn't want a house or garden that seemed to need months of tidying up and sorting out. And yes, trees in full leaf are always attractive.

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    1. That's what I'm trying to avoid - I don't want anyone imagining having to do a lot of work.

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  13. This is the time of year when I truly live vicariously through your descriptions of gardening. Your house will sell EASILY!

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