I always wonder how weeks in the middle of winter still manage to get away from me once in a while. The mental countdown to gardening season has begun, but usually this is the time of year when time seems to pass slowly. Not this week. A death in the family (expected) and deadlines at work blew several blog posts out of the water, but I’m hoping there will be lots to read here next week.
To be honest, I still have a lot of off-gardening-season projects that need to be done, so I’m still thankful there is time to crank those out before I head outside.
One of the projects I’ve been working on is redoing the stairs to the basement. They were covered in really terrible wall-to-wall carpet, which I’ve ripped off. They’ll be painted and I’ll install a runner (of sorts). I’ll blog about the whole project but I’ll just warn you know that pulling carpet is a terrible job.
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I’ve been enjoying Instagram lately where many of the garden Instagrammers I follow have been posting lovely, inspirational, colorful photos.
Clive Nichols feed is a feast for the eyes. No surprise as he is certainly one of the best garden photographers on the planet.
This article claims to be “Everything you need to know about gravel” but the main thing you need to know about gravel isn’t mentioned: Don’t put landscape fabric under it. (Here’s why.) I’ve since confirmed this with several landscapers.
Speaking of gravel, I’ve been working hard on finalizing the design of the new vegetable garden, which I’ll share once that’s finished and I’m 100% sure that it’s going to happen. I don’t think I’ll feel confident about that until we start leveling the area. I’ve been struggling with what I want on the main “path” which will have raised beds on either side. Originally I was thinking about brick, but that seems cost prohibitive, so I’ve been toying with the idea of large cement pavers or maybe something like these wood-look patio “tiles.”
Got a better idea? I’m all ears!
One of the things I’d like at the entrance to the garden (parterre style, surrounded by a wire fence) is climbing roses. You’ve heard of she sheds? Well if this comes together it will be my “special place.” I anticipate many cocktail hours amongst my veggies. Anyway … a little pretty is called for and I’ve been working on selecting roses. I’m stuck on ‘Crown Princess Margareta’, which is said to be a tough, reliable rose with apricot flowers with a yellow hinge. That color is tough to combine with other typical rose colors, and I’m not interested in a fully yellow rose. Because anything in the light pink area could go horribly wrong, I’m surprising myself a bit but being drawn to a very strong color in ‘Benjamin Britten’, which, despite the photo, is said to be either deep salmon or red-pink, depending on which description you read. Most gardeners seem to report that the salmon description is more accurate.
Well, rose dreaming will have to wait for another day. There’s winter stuff to be done. What are you up to this weekend?