It is cold and rainy!! The calendar says it is “Spring” but, as the weather forecasters say, “feels more like March than May.” We won’t see sunshine until Wednesday according to weather people (we have more women forecasters than men). I’ve donned a stocking cap and winter coat and spent time in the yard. Yesterday I spent time in the “community garden” area that is my **new assignment** pleasure to maintain.
Now I have even more gardening to do. A vacated apartment “almost” next door has flowers, asparagus, black berries, etc., etc., all around the apartment. (Previous years, he had a vegetable garden in the “community garden” area [pictured above].) I’ll keep the plants watered and weeded–and help myself to the asparagus and berries. The residents left Shepherd’s hooks, windmill, water fountain and a large planter with pretty blooming flowers.
Yesterday (Saturday) I moved (with my small hand truck) the large planter to the “community garden” area next to the parking lot. (See second picture [above], far left.) The maintenance man moved the windmill to the “community garden” area. As mentioned above, I have been assigned the task of maintaining that area. I plan to plant Carolina Jasmine at the bottom of the windmill so it will climb up the “Erector set” metal base. ~~ As with my back yard, this area is a “landscaping in progress.” Much to do, much to learn; what’s the name of this plant??
Yesterday the youth here at JAARS had their annual plant sale. They raise money for their mission trip to Haiti. A nursery donates a hundred, or more, hanging baskets that the youth sell for $7. each or three for $20. I took a lot of garden things–as a donation–and people could buy and the money went to the youth. After I delivered… I hauled three hanging baskets home. The plants are three times larger than those I have purchased at Lowe’s or Home Depot. I’ve paid $15. and $20. for smaller… at Lowe’s or Home Depot. ~~ I returned at noon to pick up my things that did not sell. I bought three more hanging baskets. Although the sale was over (at noon), because there were still people arriving… I did not take my things. I went back about 2:00… and the remaining hanging baskets were outside, on the porch, and a donation was all they asked. I picked up four more baskets–for the (newly acquired) Shepherd’s hooks in the community garden area–and the Carolina Jasmine.
As you can see, I keep adding more work to my schedule so not much time for RVing. Because of the weather, I haven’t been able to get back to the T@B to do “after the trip” duties. The T@B, and KIA, need a scrubbing bath!! Both have lots of mud on them!! I have the scrub brushes, and garden hose accessories; I just need a warm day!!
FYI: One o’clock and official (from the web) Waxhaw, NC, temperature is 54 degrees. Web says 90% precipitation but actually 100% in my yard!! Humidity is 94% and wind is two miles per hour. ~~ Aren’t the yellow blooms on the Carolina Jasmine beautiful?? (Picture appropriated from the web.) It will be a **l-o-n-g** time before ours is that beautiful because I’m starting with a plant in a half-gallon nursery pot. On-the-other-hand, I might be surprised.The half-dead Honeysuckle (planted last Fall) is growing exceedingly fast and has dozens of buds. (Ignore the “busy” background. I have no way to photograph the Honeysuckle without Pansies, Calibrachoa (Miracle Bells), sickly tomato plant (in red pot) and storage room door, etc., in the background. Further complication: There is a reflection on the patio glass doors of things behind me. If you look closely, you can see the computer screen in the background, left side, two-thirds of the way up.) ~~ Another comment: The tomato plant was large and beautiful before I left for the Blue Ridge Rally. Large and beautiful!! It was almost dead when I returned!! It had a “globe” to slowly dispense water; it was in the indoors location it has occupied for months so plenty of light. “Enquiring [sic] minds want to know”: Like the birds, and squirrels, did the tomato plant sense that “the lady of the house” was gone??
Postscript, Sunday, May 12, 2013: One of several Honeysuckle blooms in my backyard.