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Monday, March 28, 2005

Warm Weather Work

Our fig tree is beginning to sprout leaves. At the first hint of winter it dropped all its leaves so fast, we wondered if it might be dead. Now it is sprouting and unfurling new leaves equally quickly.

The weather warming up means the time is approaching for several outdoor projects. Finishing the gutter fix. Installing insulation under the floors on the parts that don't have it yet. Repairing a broken shutter. Replacing torn screens on the storm windows.

And the biggie - repairing and painting the ever-worsening front porch.

Then there's the garden - aka unkempt, buzzing-with-beelife jungle. We want to tear out/cut down some hollies that were unsympathetically pruned by POs and never recovered. And we desperately need to prune back (or get rid of altogether) a heap of overgrown holly, seedlings of various trees and climbing vines.

But it's not all destruction. In addition to the dear fig tree outside our bathroom window, Darwin wants to plant a peach tree and a pear tree and some tomatoes. I eat none of those foods (including figs), but I think it is fun to produce something technically edible from our own yard.

And I am starting to feel some primal stirrings to work in the garden. My plants of choice are all frothy, flowery, yummy-smelling things. Miss Judy offered to share any of her plants with us, and maybe I will take her up on it ... and soak up some of her wealth of knowledge about Southern gardening.

I have this vision of planting a little flowerbed under the back window on each of the two back wings of the house, with roses climbing up a trellis on either side of each window. For someone who has never planted anything, that is quite an undertaking.

So for now I'm just daydreaming, and that may be all I do on the project this year.


Gary said...

Looks like that porch needs a dose of linseed oil thinned with turpentine. This will help preserve the wood for another 100 years if you apply it then paint the wood after it has dried.

6:29 AM  
Kristin said...

Thanks for the tip! We'll definitely do that.

6:53 AM  
Kasmira said...

I was thinking about fruit trees this morning, then thinking about your fruit trees, and then I thought that you "don't give a fig for figs!" Punny, huh?

7:48 AM  
Kristin said...

Hardy har! I didn't think about that ... only that the only figgy thing I like is Fig Newtons! Hey, it's not a cookie, it's a fruited cake.

1:22 PM  

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