Monday, March 07, 2011
I really hate winter, and I've been wishing spring would get here already for the last month or so. I am tired of the cold and the snow and freezing rain. I hate the cold and I mostly exercise outside so I haven't been getting enough exercise lately.
I've been thinking about gardening, I want to fill out the front garden more this year. In the front there is an area right near our house where there are plants and flowers, and in the back I have an herb garden and a vegetable garden as well as a strawberry patch (and raspberries which snuck in from my neighbor's yard.) I started working on improving the front garden by planting some hyacinth bulbs in the fall, and I am hoping those come up and looking forward to them this spring as I love the scent.
I also ordered some plants and seeds online, there was a $25 off $50 deal so I decided to take advantage of it.
MAY NIGHT SALVIA
BLUE GIRL HYBRID TEA ROSE
BLUE ANGEL CLIMBING ROSE
DWARF MEYER LEMON
WILDFLOWER SHADE MIX PKT
It will be quite a while before planting season starts here but at least I have started something to do with gardening... I decided not to try to start seeds indoors this year because with the havoc my cats have been unleashing on my houseplants I have a feeling I'd end up disappointed. They keep knocking over all my plants in the house, which killed all the little cacti I was growing.
I did order one plant for inside the house, a dwarf Meyer lemon tree but I am going to be weighing the container down heavily to hopefully keep them from wrecking it. I'm excited about that one too because I have wanted one of those for years (either that or one of those dwarf multi-citrus-fruit trees.) It will be living on the porch during the warm weather and then moved indoors when it's cold.
So I've been thinking about spring, and I wish it would get here already so I can start planting! Of course here in Chicago we can't even plant most things until May...
Wednesday, February 02, 2011
We just got hit by a huge blizzard here in Chicago. I woke up this morning to snow drifts over 4 feet tall in the backyard. Bianca (my dog) had fun trying to forge a path out into the yard, and then refused to come back inside, she loved it. I had to watch her carefully because we have a 4 foot fence and the snow was drifted over the top in some places, as you can see:
Due to the high winds, the snow was only maybe 6 inches in some spots but drifted to 3-4+ feet high in others. Some of the cars on my block are bare of snow and others you can hardly see! Officially we got 20 inches.
Classes were canceled, I didn't have and classes today but I do have one tomorrow, so: snow day! Unfortunately we're supposed to have single digit temps overnight and tomorrow.
I spent a lot of time shoveling, luckily our walkway was one of those spots where the snow did not accumulate, although there was a 3+ foot hill of snow on the lawn nearby. The sidewalk was not so lucky, and I was only about to clear about 3/4 of it before I had to give up for the time being. My back hurts from shoveling but I am going to try to play DDR tonight anyway.
Oh here is a video of the snow, and Bianca in the yard:
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