the orchard garden in progress

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Digging up grass is hard work so I am planting as I go.  It really doesn’t make sense to do it this way except that I like to see things in place as soon as possible so I can decide what else I want to plant here. And I’m impatient.  I always seem to buy stuff before I have the space ready to plant it in.  I’m not saying you should do what I do.  I don’t recommend it at all.

But this is my favourite part of gardening – the creating!  Here’s the view from a little further back (below).  My goal is to get the areas around the two cherry trees fully planted by the end of May.

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If you’d like to see progress on this garden over time, click here and scroll down.

playing with plants

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I’ve been planning this new garden all winter and can’t wait to get started!  I planned the major stuff back in December which included a circular design for the lawn and an Evans cherry tree to anchor this corner.  But otherwise, it is fun to play.  I picked up these three spiraea shrubs (‘Dakota Goldcharm’) for another spot in the garden, but suddenly realized they would give me more bang for my buck here, because their shot of colour will be seen from the kitchen window.  The dwarf cedar (‘Hetz Midget’) will add some winter colour.  The rest of the area will get filled in with perennials… I’m not sure what yet besides my Mom’s bee balm.  But first…. digging!

making my own sunshine

Enough with the weather.  I’m dying to get digging in the garden but digging wet soil is not a good idea – plus it’s messy.  So I’ve resorted to paint and pansies instead.

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Above: The front door freshly painted BM Stuart Gold.

Step a little further back and you will see why I am feeling so impatient…

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… because the spruce tree has been taken down, and…

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… I’m waiting for a guy with a bobcat to come take all these rocks away so that I can start planting.  I don’t want to look at this ugliness any longer.    Spring, please come soon.