Monday, April 13, 2009
The Good Stuff
Oh, spring, spring!!! I'm so excited!!! Able to take puppies for walks, although our older dog now has heart failure. But she is doing remarkably well for her age of 14 years.
And even she positively gambols about when it gets warm out finally! The backyard grass is starting to green up finally. Hopefully we've seen the last of the snow--that last blizzard was amazing! And only 5 short days ago!!
I got outside to work in the garden for the first time on April 4, two days before this blizzard. I have 3 large clumps of Miscanthus sinensis that require cutting back to the ground each spring. I found out last year that putting this job off just makes it harder to do later in the season, as the new growth becomes mixed in with the old. Anyway, I feel good I got one of them hacked down! Two to go...
I'm gonna try not to do the weekend warrior thing this year--no more cutting down trees and hauling them around after being completely sedentary! Man, I really hurt my back doing that last autumn. I'm inspired to get moving, start yoga again, and slowly work up to my strength in the garden!
And while in the garden, I can reminisce about my grandfather's prowess as a gardener. He was amazing, and I count it a special blessing that we could help him in his garden as he aged. I'm so lucky to have known grandparents into my 40s--many people don't have that opportunity.
I also am thinking it really fun that DS is taking the same botany class with the same teacher that I did about 8-10 years ago! That was probably my most favorite class ever. Second only to the forestry class I took in high school.
Loving the apical meristem. Yeah.