Sunday, April 18, 2010

Dirt Under My Fingernails

"It's springtime in the Rockies and I'm full of mountain dew - cain't even read my catalogs the way I used to do."

Not sure where this little ditty came from, but my Mom used to sing it every spring. I know longer live in the Rockies, or even in the mountains right now, but this little song still runs through my mind over and over again this time of year.


The birds are singing in our backyard, flowers are pushing up through the damp soil, tree's are beginning to unfurl their glorious leaves and down the road a couple of miles, when you leave our little town behind, the newborn calves and lambs are frolicking in their green pastures.


When I come home from work, I want to dig my hands into that sweet smelling dirt and the very last thing on my mind is this computer and my blog. I apologize for my absence and my missing comments on your posts. I do think of you all and wonder what you're up to, but dirty fingers aren't allowed on my keyboard. They make quite the mess.


Here is a small glimpse of some new plantings that our gracing our yard.
Strawberries in a backyard bed. I'm a true believer in the old-fashioned cottage garden where fruit and veggies are mixed in with flowers. There's a new blueberry bush in this same flower bed, along with Shasta Daisies, Daylilies, pansies, snapdragons, mint and, later in the season, a tomato plant or two.

This new edging bed along the back fence is full of ferns and hosta's. Boarding the fence on the outside is a large rose bush, a butterfly bush and a crazy vine. They are all fast-growing and flowering, shading the bottom of the fence, so I think the ferns and hosta's will do really nicely there and add some lushness to the backyard.


Today Riff and I are tackling a way out of control bed in the front yard. I should take a before picture. It's completely crazy. Hopefully it will turn out like the picture I have in my mind of a sweet cottage bed. It already sports daisies, poppies and such. Just needs a whole lot of TLC.

Spring has sprung. Hope you are blessed with dirt under your fingernails...

13 comments:

Love Bears All Things said...

Having a full time job outside the home plus all the jobs inside one must keep one very busy. I haven't been posting much lately because of all that has gone on in my life and I don't work at an outside job. I do have many outside activities though. Friday my daughter and I went to the Botanical Garden plant sale, had lunch there and walked in the garden a while. Yesterday, I planted. I had spent a morning out there last week emptying planters and washing them. I guess that should have been done in the fall. I got all of that done, added some garden art, repaired some windchimes and created a little oasis. I want to buy some more flowering plants for three boxes I have out back and I have two Daylilies and one Hosta to set out.
Enjoy your Spring activities. We'll be here when you're caught up.
Mama Bear

Jeni said...

I love the idea of strawberry plants and blueberry bushes mixed in with the flowers in a garden! After all, when the strawberry plants and blueberry bushes are blooming they are so pretty and colorful and when they produce their luscious fruits, the colors then are really fantastic to mix in with the flowers! Hope they all grow well and produce lots and lots of fruit for you now too!
Peace!

Shelby said...

oh i love to dig in the dirt. but i'm not very flowery.. maybe more so this year.. i get pluses for effort tho, i guess.

Adrienne said...

I like to get dirt under my nails too ... just don't like trying to get it out - ha!

All that talk of veggies and fruits is making me hungry! Our CSA starts this week - I cannot wait for some fresh locally grown veggies.

Adrienne said...

As I write I have a bit of dirt under my fingernails from some backyard cleanup! It's so nice to see Spring come and hear the sounds of the bird. We have a lot of work to do in our yard and some out-of-control areas, too. Can't wait to see what you've done.
~Adrienne~

~ The Jolly Bee ~ said...

You've been busy. It seems like this gardening business hits all at once and its rush-rush to get everything done. I heard the "S" word mentioned in our forecast. That would be snow, so I may have a little gardening reprive.

Everything in your world looks so lush and pretty.

Sara said...

We rent our house, so I am not that inspired to spend a lot of time working in the garden. And our landlords provide gardeners to keep things under control. But I do enjoy seeing yours and hearing about your plans and adventures! (To inspire me for someday...)

Twisted Fencepost said...

Oh I got dirt under my nails but it's not from the garden. We've been pulling carpet up and replacing the flooring.

Stacey's Treasures said...

Your strawberry's look great? I hope they have lots of huge berry's on them this summer!

Farm Chick Paula said...

Everything looks wonderful, especially the strawberry plants! I've been getting my little garden spot ready but haven't put anything out yet- just waiting until the threat of frost is gone. I'm tired of planting and having to re-plant!

Paige said...

I just finished uncovering the last of my flower beds yesterday - it's been just an amazing (and early!) Spring here, which I love. Glad you're having fun playing in the dirt...I love it, too.

Run Lori Run said...

I love being out in the garden too. We had a bit of sun but now its pouring again... I have horrible luck with strawberries over here but we're going to give it another go...

kanishk said...

i love to dig in the dirt. but i'm not very flowery.. maybe more so this year.. i get pluses for effort tho, i guess.
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