It's April and that means it's really Spring.....

 I'm so happy to welcome "April".  That means the end of winter and warmer weather is upon us once again.  I'm really not looking forward to the above 90 days but you will all have to agree, this has been one cold winter.

 You think I would have learned something from last week when I damaged my back after lifting  20 bags of Red Mulch from the car to the back yard.  I got them from the HD (they were on sale for $1.00, how could I not?)  Well this morning I saw Lowe's flyer and they had them on sale for .99c and off I went to get more.. 
My back had 4 days rest and feels great and I didn't  do any heavy lifting or bending today, because the mulch stayed in my car till the Mr. got home.   
 The mulch was such a bargain how could I not get more!
  I did spread 5 bags in one of the planting beds. 
That was enough for today.
 While I was out sitting on the deck enjoying a good cup of coffee,  in this wonderful weather,  I noticed how the topiary plant was starting to take over the Hickory tree.  This is a teeny leaf variety of the Buxus microphylla japonica family – Japanese Boxwood plant.  I planted two 6" plants at the base of this large tree  and they have really started to take off.  My plan was to totally encase the tree and my deck staircase.
 It's doing it's job but sure takes a long time.  I read where the topiaries at Disney, you know all the cute animals they have, well they can take up to 10 years to totally cover the frames before they are put on display in their gardens.

 Mine is now going on 6 years.
The Hickory tree is about 3 stories tall and the vine has really climbed up there.  Since I have no control it's just doing what it wants.  It's just not wrapping around the large trunk as planned, but it sure looks good.

The sun has helped sprout my  herb seeds.  I use a lot in cooking and try to maintain them all winter. I normally put them outside by day but this past week I have been letting them stay outside all night.

Wishing everyone clear skies and sunny days with warm temps because we deserve it!

"Happy April" 

I'm linking up to
Metamorphosis Monday 
Make it Pretty Monday 
Outdoor Wednesday 


Karen said...

Hi Sandy, oh my goodness,girl! That is a LOT of mulch! I'm glad you waited for your husband to come home and help you unload. I know how tempting it is to want to handle it on your own. I'm glad your back is feeling better, too. The garden looks fantastic. Love the climbing plant, amazing growth habit. I wish I had the skill to make topiaries; they are so neat.

Anonymous said...

You are way ahead of me! My yard is still full of dead stuff! Very inspiring though, makes me think about getting out there! Your yard looks great,

Anonymous said...

Agree - that's a lot of mulch, but then again, you've got a gorgeous garden and lots of it!

Made my day to see all that you've done as we're having rain. Kudos for taking the time and effort to have such a truly lovely place. MMR

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Martha said...

Wow -- what a great buy on mulch!

Your garden looks lovely!

W. Latane Barton said...

Enjoyed a look at your garden. That's a lot of mulch... girl, glad you waited on Mr. the second time around.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful photos and so glad you Spring ~ send it this way (MA) ~ please. ~ thanks ^_^

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Everything is looking great. I don't know how you lifted all that mulch. Take care of yourself. Looking forward to seeing more.

Carrie said...

Oh, how I'd love to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee, admiring your beautiful yard! The red mulch is a lovely contrast to all the green! Visiting from Outdoor Wed.

daisy said...

What a deal on the mulch! I would've gone back too! Enjoy your seedlings poppin' up!