Friday, February 10, 2012

Arizona Rose

A rose in DH parents' Arizona garden on January 1, 2012.

Wednesday, February 08, 2012


I see I'm not the first to find the blooming heather. 

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

February Garden

Saturday's sky over Petunia's Garden.  The benefit of a garden blog is looking back at prior years.  After two years 'on-hold,' do I have this June garden to look forward to again?  And Sunflowers and pumpkins and green (or purple) beans.

Thanks to Coffee Bag Mulch Magic  the main garden rows will be ready for spring with only a little preparation.  Those are iris leaves flopped on the bags in the lower right hand corner.  They have had their time in the garden and need to move out.  There are more rows with out of control herbs and weeds.
And then there is this tree, plus several remaining native shrubs bordering the garden.  They need to be moved, if it is still possible.  They landed here temporarily in our 2nd year at the house when we had extras from the King County bare-rooted tree/shrub sale. 

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Geocache Recovery

DH had a report that his geocache could not be found so we went to check on it.  There was so much debris in the area, even he couldn't find it at first.  Geocache containers in the NW have a constant battle with moisture problems.  You know he found it in a sad state when he decided to bring it home and dry it out.

This is a side / horse trail we were on.  The main walking/biking path was quite cleared already. 

Winter color along the trail.

Geocaching is the outdoor (most of the time) activity, sort of like a world wide Easter egg hunt.  People hide caches, with travel bugs and other odd artifacts inside, and post the location GPS coordinates and a clue online.  Other people try to find them.  It gives you a great reason to explore places you might not go otherwise.  See and my Label below for more info.

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Storm Recovery

We had nice weather today to do some bad weather clean up.  The snow and ice in January did a lot of damage to the trees at our house and along our little road.  
It will take years for the ornamental cherry trees to recover, but we don't think we'll have to remove any of them.  We do have a number of other trees that didn't survive.

To see what they look like in the spring, go to this Link to cherry trees in bloom.

 Meanwhile, the seed catalogs have arrived and Petunia can expect to find a garden and gardener waiting for her summer arrival.