Today’s my 29th birthday! I was hoping that the baby might plan to make his arrival today, but it doesn’t seem that he will… I’ve got plans to go out to lunch with my grandma and aunt, and Ed’s mom is making a special dinner and sending it home with Ed. It’s a beautiful day, the fourth or fifth in a row, and I’m thinking about gardening!
Ed and I always try to get each other practical gifts. For the first year in our house, the house was always our gift to each other on holidays or birthdays. In the last year or so, I’ll get Ed some new socks and work clothes, or make him a nice dinner. He either makes me a peice of furniture (I love that!) or lets me pick out my own present. For my birthday today, I’m picking out some plants for the garden.
Yesterday, I went through my seeds to see what I had leftover and perused gardening catelogs. I organized my thoughts and updated my Garden page for 2010. I also decided what I’d like to get for my birthday.
First, I’d like to buy some wildflower plants to add to my “wildlife garden.” I decided to plant a wildflower garden a while back after a fawn died in our yard and we buried it in the woods. (You can read the story, but it’s a tear-jerker! Don’t say I didn’t warn you!) I planted a mix of daffodils there, and they were beautiful last spring.
Daffodils in the wildlife garden
I also broadcast seeded a wildflower mix last spring and nothing ever came up. I’d like to plant some black eyed susans, coneflowers, butterfly bush, bee balm and cosmos to start the garden this spring. I love the look of those old fashioned flowers, and I know they’ll bring pollinators to our yard. I’ve been checking out catalogs and when I know the varieties I’ve selected, I’ll add them to my Garden page.
I also want to add some trees to our little orchard. When I mentioned that to Ed last night, he said “What orchard? Those sticks we planted last year?” Um, yes! That would be our orchard. In 5-10 years, it’s going to be beautiful!
Our one and only apple blossom last spring
I’d like to add a couple of peach trees, a sweet cherry tree, a shiro plum tree (they’re yellow and delicious!), a plumcot tree, a nectarine tree and some pear trees. Not all this year, I’d like to add them over time. My brothers told me last night that my family is planning to add about 500 peach trees to their orchard this year, so I may see if I can get a couple of them if there are any left over. Otherwise, we’ll probably order a few trees.
All this thinking about spring has me excited to get outside and get planting! Just looking back at last year’s blooms has really brightened my day. What’s going on in your garden?