Hello sweet friends! Thank to those of you who wondered if I was alright…I am, and you friendship warmed my heart! I hadn’t planned on not blogging but life got in the way; still not feeling good and refinancing our home. The week before last I was able to do some spring cleaning in the garden!
The last week I’ve had a few good days which makes the bad ones feel so much worse…so I’m doing acupuncture 3 times a week for my sinuses and have been taking some very strong Chinese herbs. I kidded the herbalist that its like drinking the death of the earth! Dr. Shaz said: put some honey in it. Sure, I don’t think there’s enough honey in the world to take the taste of death away! Its awful but if someone told me to stand on my head for two days I would to feel better.
I feel my best at night and have more energy…been playing with changing out the kitchen nook into a more spring summer look. There’s is so much furniture in the garage that I head out there to pick through the pieces.
Mr. C helped me clean out the front garden beds. He knew I couldn’t do it on my own…the continued fatigue caused me to break often with the heavy raking of the beds. My garden’s winter mulch consists of fine mowed leaf clippings, free and easy is alway a good thing in the garden. To all of you who are concerned….fatigue is a very common sign of sinusitis…so no worries.
With the weather being what it is lately, sunny and 65 one day, snow/rain/hail and 40 the day after, left the leaves wet and heavy when we raked the beds. But the garden beds in the front are done first, this year they were done much later than normal. I always want the Charmer to look as good as she can!
The front garden beds under the windows. The bed faces east and gets some south sun too. We set up some of the ladies statuaries and water fountain. The garden beds in front are called the Ladies Garden….
In the container sitting in front of the fountain is lined with landscape burlap that is changed out every season. A great economical alternative to coco liners…hate that stuff. Burlap provides more of an organic feel to the garden.
This bed is directly across from the bed above…both in front of the windows. The smaller tree is a Japanese Maple and the larger one is my all time favorite shrub, Serviceberry. Yesterday this area was covered in snow!
The ladies garden bed on the North/East side of the Charmer. See all the nubs? Those are ferns that will fill in this whole area… very lush and green in Spring. Where the nubs are, the left of the tree is a shade garden. Right of the tree is much sunnier.
On the front South side the Miss Kim lilacs are budding…don’t know how much the budding will be set back with the temps being in the high 20’s tonight, ugh!
One lonely Chionodoxa ‘Alba’ (white glory of the snow) beaten down by the rain/snow. I smiled when I spotted her. These are hardy, and will bloom through late frost and snow and do well under the shade of trees. They add such charm to a spring garden with their white flowers.
There are two more charming white spring bulbs, Galanthus elwesii (Snowdrops), and Puschkinia scilloides (striped squills) are hardy, and will also bloom through late frost and snow. Only the crocus manage to flower before them.
Since the interest rates are soooooo low we decided to refinance the Charmer. We’ll be dropping our interest rate by 2 points which makes a huge difference and shortening our term. My how financing has changed, and though we went local they came to our house for paper signing and today an appraisal was schedule. Early this morning the person who was scheduled to come died over the weekend! Oh my, my prayers to his family.
We went nuts getting the Charmer ready for the inspection and worked hard the last four days. There’s always a major transition from winter to spring, all the back porch’s wicker furniture is house down in the cellar. So there was clearing of the porch and moving furniture, etc. The closing is also done at our home…I can say I’ve never worked with a nicer person than Dan at Neighborhood loans. Such a nice and professional man!
With all the activity with the refinance it was good to have the front Spring cleaning in the garden done. Have you started yours?