Sunday, March 27, 2005

Week 12 of 2005

Thursday: Well, some weeks just disappeared in the spring rush. The planting for the spring is mostly done. I went by New Dawn to water on the way home today. It took 45 minutes to get everything watered well. The RoundUp I put down last weekend is just starting to show in a few places, but I fear the rain late on the same night diminished its effect. Tomorrow is Good Friday. Mowing, weed eating, and RoundUp'ing lie ahead tomorrow as the battle for control of the landscaping beds wages on.

Friday: Not sure if I noted it last week, but I moved the Azalea, originally from home, to its new home. One half was dead and the the root ball split neatly in two. I am really going to have to baby this one through the summer, but it has sentimental value so I will give it everything I have. As soon as the flowers start to stall on the other Azalea I will move it as well. Today was lots of mowing and not much else. I did empty out the greenhouse and got it moved to its new location. I harvested the beets and carrots today. A small crop but respectable in light of the fact that I planted the seeds and let them fend for themselves. Every single plant has awakened for spring with two exceptions. The big Mimosa is still dormant except for a couple of water sprouts from last year which has small bits of foliage emerging. The other dormant tree is the Peach Tree. I do not feel good about this tree at all. The other two died last year. A thumb nail test revealed it is alive. Tomorrow morning I have some small cleanup task to do then its off to an in-law family crawfish boil.

Friday, March 4, 2005

Week 9 of 2005

Out of nowhere Azaleas are blooming everywhere. Most plants are beginning to leaf out. Spring is here. Out at New Dawn the fountain is finally assembled. I planted the new Paw Paw Tree in its spot. Today was extremely windy so many items were tough to do. The fountain, even though over nearly 100 feet from the nearest tree was accumulating some Live Oak leaves. Too tired to type any more today and a big day planned tomorrow. Until then,,,

Well, it looks official, spring is here. Bloom buds appeared on the Wegeila this week. The Orchid Tree is showing its first new leaves, as are the figs. The Santa Rosa Plum is leafing out well. Many other things are breaking dormancy as well. Today was a very active planting day. Divisions of the my Umbrella Plants were planted in 4 spots and Upright Elephant Ears were also planted in 4 places. The Live Oak in the center was graced with Variegated Ginger, Upright and Regualar Elephant Ears, an Unknown Ginger, the Chinese Dwarf Banana (Musella lasiocarpa) and some of the bananas that Mr. Picard gave me. I moved the LSU Purple fig, again. I moved it this fall, but after looking at the new bed layout I realized that it was still not in the right place. It is quite small and will do fine even with this second move.

The fountain is finished and Monkey Grass started all around. It will be a year before it fills in for the look I am wanting, but New Dawn is long term venture. It will be about 5 years before things really begin to fill in and the vision of New Dawn begins to reveal itself.