Friday, February 15, 2013

Snow Has Melted

Now that the last snow has melted, I want to put up another post so something else will be on the blog.  I hope all is well with you.  I thought I'd be catching up with my blog reading this winter, but have spent too much time on FB, I guess.  I am having fun following the beginnings of spring in the gardens I see there, and a few here, as well.

I am home today because I have had a growth on my ankle for a couple years, that I finally got checked out yesterday.  The PA at the dermatology office did a shave biopsy.  She said it could be cancer or a wart of some kind.  They should know in a couple weeks.  I thought I was going to go to work today, but it was hurting in the night, and has continued to off and on.  I am staying off of my feet as much as possible, and also battling a headache.  OK, I'll quit whining.  After I post this, I plan to take a nap.

While I was eating an early lunch, I heard and saw a tree crew trimming our neighbors' tree away from the electric line.  I am always glad when that gets done, because the tree sends its branches over my vegetable garden.  I have been battling more and more tree sprouts in the garden, too.  I use organic methods, and rarely fertilize with anything besides compost.  Oh, I do use something called Coop Poop from time to time.  I think I want to use something like that this year on my lettuce and such.  I haven't been getting as nice of crops as I used to.  I think the tree has enough roots under the garden that are stealing the nutrients.

I don't know why the photos I export don't show up in the order I place them, or even the order they were taken any more.  They used to.  These go back and forth between the two windows in the bedroom we use as a dining room.

The rosemary and other plants in the garden window are doing pretty well.  I have enjoyed using them in cooking.  Next year, I want to remember to have parsley and chives ready to bring in.  Can you see the yellow vehicle on the left?

There it is on the right, now.  My vegetable garden is on the other side of the garage, near the locust tree of our neighbors'.  (We are debating about taking the light pole Larry's dad put there down.  I'm thinking it is not currently working.  If we do keep it, I'd like to have an on/off switch.)

This tree really isn't in a good spot, being so close to the wires, (and my vegetable garden).  You can see the cuts to the poor thing here.

These branches were pretty long!  I'm not sure if all of these are from the same tree, or if they were working on others in the neighborhood.  The area by the trees to the left, across the street is where I also attempt to grow vegetables.

Crunch, crunch, crunch!

I took the next few photos out of the upstairs restroom.  The work was now finished.

Heidi was in the back yard, so I thought I'd show a bit of that.  The vegetable garden is on the other side of the driveway.  Please forgive the deck and carport roofs for being so dirty.

There sure are a lot of cuts!  I wonder how long it will take for the branches to invade the wires again.

This tree is not my friend, but I do feel a little, just a little sorry for it.

I hope my ankle heals quickly.  I need to get out there and get some lettuce and such planted.

For the fun of it, I went back and looked at photos from last year.  The next two were both taken 2/14/12.  We are a bit behind, but that's fine with me.  It was too warm last winter.  I want winter weather now, hoping that March and April will progressively warm up.

Look what happened after the above photo was taken!  I'm thinking that the crocus survived, and bloomed some more.

Well, I hope we all find productive things to do while waiting for spring to get here.  I am at the point where I am feeling a bit impatient.  I am excited to see if the seeds of native plants I planted will come up.  What are you looking for in your gardens this spring?


  1. I enjoyed reading and looking at all your photos.

  2. Poor tree, it's the right plant in the wrong place. Not its fault. I love your crocus, can't wait for mine to emerge!

  3. My garden has started spring, although very very slowly, as we have had unusually cold weather for very long here in London. My crocuses are also just coming into flower, so are the hellebores. I have daffodils and hyacints in buds. The spring is a great time.

    Hope your biobsy result comes out OK, it's no fun going around waiting for the result. I have an appointment 7th March for a biobsy for a growth on my thigh. Had one a few years ago that was fine, but you never know...

  4. Hi Sue...good to see your post again!! I hope the growth on your ankle turns out to be nothing to worry about. I'd never seen your bike before...I have one in my garden too!! I can't wait for spring so I can fill it's basket with flowers!! I always enjoy seeing Heidi in the pictures! Take care!

  5. Hope you will get happy results on that biopsy. The waiting is probably the hardest. We still have snow, tho' bit by bit it is disappearing. That tree is so big it makes me wonder if it was here before the wires went in. Take care.

  6. Hello Sue, I hope your biopsy is fine, I'm sure it will be. I don't like waiting, either. We have alot of snow here, but this is normal, not like last year. I love seeing the crocus in bloom!

  7. Wishing you well for your medical treatment, Sue. Like you I haven't had a lot of time for blogging over the winter.

  8. I kinda miss that crazy, warm winter we had last year. I had iris blooming at the end of February last year, but I sure don't see it happening this time. Darn! Now I remember how much I hate winter!

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  10. I keep looking for signs of spring, not in my garden here in Wisconsin, but in the trees. Last year i saw my first robin on 2/17/ seemed way too early. The crocuses are beautiful...counting the days to see them!

  11. Sue, I hope the growth is a benign thing and you heal quickly. Just think about spring coming and that should hurry you along.

    We hate to loose any trees but sometimes they just don't help our gardening.

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