Friday, February 11, 2005

Thurday: I took a quick stop at New Dawn on Monday afternoon. I had dug about a third of the 1000 gallon hole for the new pond. After all of this rain the hole was totally full even though it had stopped raining over 12 hours earlier, which was a testament not only to how much it had rained, but also to the height of the water table from a very wet winter. By today almost all of the water was gone leaving a nice thick layer of goo. A testament to our silty clay loam soils.

A lot of work at work going on this week. Man, I sure could use some daylight savings time about now. The week started off warmer with heavy fogs until last night when a cool front (can't really call it a cold front even though the weatherman did) and cleared out the fog. Highs are still in the 60s. I think one night might make it down to the low 40s. The warm moist air again has plants bursting out in fresh tender new green spring growth. Even I am beginning to think winter is over. Hope the plants and I don't get fooled, again. The CoCo grass is already sprouting as well, which is also known as Nutsedge. Where established, which is pretty much all 3 acres of New Dawn, it is a scourge. I must do some serious work with RoundUp this weekend to get control of it before it gets control of the gardens. Yes, I know it isn't organic, but no one has yet given me an organic control for Nutsedge. When they do, I will try it, but please no one say get on your knees and pull it. Might work in a few beds in a backyard, but on a 3 acre project it just ain't gonna happen. I think I said in an earlier log that if you want to be humbled as a gardener go from a backyard to 3 acres. I quickly found out that the gardening practices I had used were useless. I have a new start on the gardens, and for at least the next 3 years RoundUp is my new best friend. I am much happier with the new layouts at New Dawn, most of which are designed around easier maintenance, but there are some new bed also. A few of the plants should put on a great spring show like the Yellow Lady Banks Rose which is now fully established and quite large, but over half of the plants were transplanted this winter which means another year or probably 2 until the start to come into their own. Down here, I like to say that the 1st all a plant does is survive, the 2nd year it established, and the 3rd year its beauty starts to shine. It will be mid to late summer before the hardscape and arbors are done anyway. For spring and summer the roses will have to climb the temporary poles they are tied to today. Well, hopefully I can get out a few minutes early tomorrow to pick up the mower and get a cut on the land on Saturday. It is still a bit wet, but the winter weeds are high and rain is on the forecast again for Saturday night. Spring in South Louisiana. Hey, the Acanthus looks awesome. Check out that foliage color. Can't wait to see the 7 foot bloom stalks again this summer.

Sunday: Week 6 comes to an end. Yep, I am still digging on the fountain. It is 95% dug at this point. By my calculations I will have shoveled and moved by wheelbarrow nearly 10,000 pounds of dirt by the the time I am done, which should be next weekend. I have even given the fountain a name, The Fountain of Sanity. The old fountain itself has been disassembled and is at New Dawn awaiting the pond installation. I transplanted the Mock Orange and Dwarf Pomegrante yesterday. The completes the spring moves with the exception of the two Azaleas. I got the back two acres mowed before the blade drive belt broke on the mower. Maybe I can change this myself, otherwise it is back to the shop again. Sigh. All this warm wet weather has the weed in overdrive. Summer weeds are starting to go. Coco grass is already about an inch or two and the wire grass has greened up. Ahh, the fight begins.