Monday, April 27, 2009

Garden - Phase 1


This past Saturday saw the start of Phase 1 of my "Garden of Earthly Delights". Here's what the side garden looked like at 9 am. The properly is a kind-of diamond shape at this side of the house, the fir trees on the left in Pic #1 (behind the little shed) being the left hand side of the property line, going up to a point slightly past where you see the furthest fir tree, extending across yon babbling brook in Pic #2 by another 10-12 ft and running down the other side (and going past where you can see in the pic, down the side of my driveway).

We began work at 9:30 am with our trusty chainsaws. His was a manly gas-powered model with a deep throaty voice which threatened all towering birch and oak and fir that dared to intrude upon the inner sanctum of said "Eden-to-Be" with a ferocous "Haroom-Haroom-Haroom"; they didn't stand a chance!! Mine was a wee electric model which eagerly brought up the rear with a slightly maniacial sounding "Bering-bering-bering", always eager to delimb the fallen or cut off at the knees any of the more inferior bushes or shrubs. It conjured up images of a sort-of urban lumberjack version of an old Looney Tunes cartoon -- the one about Spike the bulldog and Chester the terrier -- Spike determinedly plodding forward and Chester bounding & bouncing along after him saying "Whatta we gonna do now, Spike, huh, huh? Whatta we gonna do now?"

We worked until about 2:30 that afternoon (with a break for lunch). And we worked hard! But what a lot of work we got accomplished! The property is larger than I had imagined; what a grand garden it's going to be! And though I've contented myself with my various little shade gardens, I'm feeling that I may even be able to achieve a little bed of full sun! Oh joy, oh bliss!
Here's what the property looks like now. (Note the stacks of logs waiting for Brady's winter fire, my piles of tree limbs yet to be broken down, & the covering of last fall's leaves over the whole area. A long term project indeed!)

Later that afternoon, I could be found reclining
in one of these -- pillow under my weary head,
sipping on a tall iced glass of limeade,
listening to the bird-song, occasional traffic noise,
and basking in the warmth of the sun and the
sweet breeze.

That evening, I could be found supporting the local
high school basketball team by cracking open and
savoring one of these wonderful creatures.
It's a dirty job but someone has to do it!!!

An extremely productive, very satisfying, almost perfect day!
(Can you hear my sign of contentment?)


Connie said...

Wow, that was a lot of work, but how satisfying to be started on your project! I am certain you will greatly enjoy the making of your garden. I always have a vision in my head of my 'next' garden.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

That is a gigantic task. Hope you have a fireplace for using up all that wood. It is a beautiful spot and would be a challenge for me for sure. The Lobster would be no challenge at all...what a nice reward you had for all your work.

musingwoman said...

One time we had a garden in an among the trees in our backyard. It was lovely. Definitely worth all the work.