The Accountant's Garden

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Saturday, October 29, 2005

Is it an enormous cat or a very small house?

I found that Happy has taken up residence in my old doll house, which is currently downstairs in the guest room. She must be entering and exiting through the front door, since the open side is flush with the wall behind it. Maybe it's time for me to put a lock on the front door.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

I have finished planting all the bulbs that I bought over the past few weeks! I would post a picture, but there is still nothing to see - just bare dirt where everything has been set. My seeds are still sprouting, but not much as changed since last Tuesday (except the addition of many more seed containers). Although this first round of bulb planting has finished, I am scheduled to go visit my mother and grandmother next Monday/Tuesday, and acquire yet more bulbs. Bearded iris, one of my family's favorites, will be brought back to our house and planted under the Oak tree in the back yard on the north hill and in the spaces between the Dutch Iris.

Saturday, October 22, 2005

This morning, I planted more bulbs in the back yard, but this time on the northwest part of the yard. I have a little circle of crocus, dutch iris, and a space in the middle for bearded iris. I was going to put a tree in there, but I don't think I want to take care of another tree (Rudy spent this morning attacking the Japanese Maple on the patio). Elizabeth's "pink" garden is finished, except for some lillies that I need to plant - maybe I can get out there and do that quickly late this afternoon.

On the north side of the yard, I have so much work to do, and not enough bulbs, so I am planning on putting in some other perennials there, which I will start from seed. My other seeds are doing quite well, in little planters on the patio, and I hope to transfer them to the back in a couple months. The snapdragons, poppies, african daisies, and foxglove have all sprouted. I am still waiting on the pansies, impatiens, and painted daisies.

So, I think on the north side, I'll have three main tiers of flowers. At the top, I'll plant the tall, bearded iris, then have a stepping stone path, and then some perennials (TBD), another stepping stone path, and the rest of the bulbs (tulips, daffodils, allium, anemones, etc.).

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Tuesday is gardening day for us now. I've spent most of today planting bulbs in Elizabeth's "pink garden" - tulips, lillies, daffodils, crocus, sparaxis, anemones, and allium. Of course, the bulbs are all underground, so it looks like I haven't done anything except run drip lines and set stepping stones. I also spent a fair amount of time spreading shredded redwood on the back hill, pulling (or tilling) weeds, and finding the border to the small round of lawn farthest back in the yard.
I have some other tasks left to do before the day is done. One chore is to go up to the front of the house and mow the sad little parking strip lawn. The other chore is a little more fun, and that is to plant more seeds in containers (below, a shot of my current seedlings).

Saturday, October 15, 2005

We've received our first rains of autumn here in the Bay Area, and the leaves have really started to change color (and fall all over the patio and lawn). I am posting some inspirational photos taken in Regent's Park in London, wishing that my garden looked half as good as any of these examples.

I will start taking pictures of my garden, but right now there's not much to see. I've mostly finished the hill facing the road behind the house, but I still need to finish laying some shredded redwood to make it look a little nicer. This afternoon, I started on Elizabeth's "Pink Garden" but most of the handywork is below ground, in the form of bulbs. I did start to layout the stepping stone pathways, and I am excited to have my drip lines laid down in that section.

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Here's some gardening inspiration from Italy. Unfortunately, my garden did not magically mend itself while I was away, so I have a lot of work to do here at Betty's Garden. I was going to wait until the work week began, but I think I'll need to get started sooner (like tomorrow) - at least on the part of the yard facing the street.