In my mind, Spring has only been around for the past two weekends — before that, we were on vacation and before that … well … it was a mix of 30-40 degree weather, accented with rain/sleet and, of course, mud.
But now, New Hampshire got the memo and things are greening up right on time. Our sights have been set on outside projects as of late (living room, what living room? painting? what painting?) because the weather has been just too nice not to.
Most of our fruit trees have done well so far – budding first (and most!) are our cherry trees! I selected the varieties on Gisela rootstock, which are one of the most cold-hardy varieties.
Our trees have yet to leaf out, but they are budding like crazy. We had hoped to cut more little trees while they were still leaf-less, but alas, we only have so much time.
Our wetlands are going strong … the creek in the back has the pond large and full. We’ve seen ducks make a landing there, and Luna, our dog-sitting charge, loves wading in after a ball session. Our wetlands will dry out partially if the summer is low on rain, but for the most part – the land in these places is always squishy and mud-filled.
Our patio progress!! (SQUEE!) I am *so* pumped about how this project is going. Literally, just over a week ago, this was a torturous landslide filled with construction waste and spare tires. No more! Our retaining wall is fully assembled, and Mark (our infamous chimney guy) is working on the stairs down. We’re thinking they’ll turn and head along the line of the rock wall.
We’ll need ideas for ‘flooring’ in the space — sod? peastone? flagstone? A mix? Also… we need to come up with railing/safety ideas, as the drop on the other side of this is… oh, about 12 feet … :o)