Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Winter Project and Spring Planning

On some of the blogs I read gardeners are reporting some growth such as Daffodils and the like. Up here in Maine, nothing is going on outside except for coldness, some wind and brown lawns. We haven't even had much snow (yet - I'm sure that will change by at least March) so it's been a rather dull winter.

I do have one winter project. A Christmas gift from my in-laws included one of those Amaryllis bulb kits. So far, it seems to be doing well. There aren't many sunny locations in the heated part of our house (the kitchen has no insulation and very little heat) but I found a place for it.
Amaryllith...I mean, Amaryllis
I can't help but call it Amaryllith in honor of little Opie Cunningham's (Ron Howard) character in The Music Man. :)

As for planning for this year's gardens: I normally do a lot of planning this time of year. But, usually, nothing really feels 'right' for my plans. I hem and haw and wemble and never quite make up my mind on what I really want to do. I end up just throwing plants in when I can pick them up.

Me, when I do my garden planning (Wembley Fraggle)

But this year is different. I've been having difficulty dealing with the death of my dog China but when I came up with this idea a couple of days ago, it made me feel a little better. I'm going to create a Red Dog Garden in her honor. There's an iron dog sculpture I've seen at the stores in the garden section (you've probably seen it, too) that I've always liked. I'm going to pick that up, figure out how to paint it red and build the flower gardens around it. Yes, it's sappy, but it's given me purpose and, as I said, it makes me feel a little better.

I'm going to try to stick to red and pink flowers but won't be too strict with myself about it.

The reason it makes me feel better specifically is because when the weather was nice China's favorite place to be was outside soaking in the sun. She loved it when I worked in the garden because it meant hours upon hours of sunbathing and exploring her beloved field. She would even sometimes stroll up to me, check out what I was doing and then leave me alone again. Except for a few times when she either forgot herself or fell off the steps when she was in a hurry (don't worry - there were only three) she always respected the garden boundaries and never walked or dug in them.

Damn, I miss that dog.

So, let the garden planning begin. I'll have to start doing my research on the best red/pink/magenta (etc.) flowers for my zone. Research - it's usually my favorite part of the planning. ;)

And hey, I never noticed this before. Wild:

Wash and Wembly, two of my favorite goofballs

1 comment:

  1. I think a memorial garden for China is a great idea. You'll enjoy it more than usual since it's in her memory.