Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Finishing up that Spring Planting

No, that's not a mistake. Yes, I'm finally finishing up planting the perennials that I bought over Memorial Day weekend. If you could see the land that I have to work with you'd understand. Not only is it hard packed clay, it is filled with stones, big and small. My sister brought over a Nandina bush from her yard that I also planted. In order to dig a hole big enough for the Nandina, I had to sit on the ground with a hand held pick ax and pick away. (A while back I bought a shovel that has teeth. It is supposed to be able to dig through the toughest soil. It is NO match for my rocky ground.) With the pick ax, it took me two hours total, in half hour intervals, to dig the hole for that one plant. Here are some of the rocks I dug out. I even dug out a broken piece of brick that was buried about 5 inches down.

Here's the nandina with beautiful black organic soil conditioner helping it survive in the rocky dirt,

The dirt (rocks) that I dug out.

Some of the larger rocks.

Sorry this is dark. It is a different coral bell plant with white blooms in the summer and a purple underleaf.

Got most of it planted before we had a real touch of fall. I know, I know, so many of you are crying "bring back the warm sunny days", but not me! I loved it. It didn't get out of the 40s for three days! I love being in my cosy little house, wearing my warm slippers and baking up pumpkin spice bread during days like this. This truly is my favorite time of the year. I think the cats agree as they have been extra lively these past few days. Oh, and the bestest part of it all, after weeks and weeks of waking up catless, they have starting coming back! Friday night I woke up with one cat in bed, Saturday night--two cats, and last night--three cats keeping me warm!!


KGMom said...

Ah, fall. Love it.
And cats to keep you warm--the best best bed warmers.
Sadly, my two kitties fight--cat wars as to who gets Mom.

Today is our daughter's birthday--and on Saturday she gets married.
So, I do LOVE fall.

Glad you had a good day of planting.

Lynne at Hasty Brook said...

I love the cooler temps too. Summer heat wears me down and cool weather invigorates me. Kudos for getting your planting done.
Better late than never!

Angel Ginger Jasper said...

No wonder you took so long with soil that hard. You would struggle to do that in heat. I can think of no better bed warmer than three cats.. Lucky you.. Hugs GJ x

Elin said...

Yeay, u done with it!