I woke this morning to Toby's bark....glanced at the clock, 6:45 AM, leaped (well sorta leaped) out of bed to look out the window and sure enough, the truck with my new tree was parked across the street with the workers already digging in my designated spot. With full intention of purchasing a Serviceberry to replace the Crab Apple that I had removed, I went to my local garden center a couple of weeks ago, wandered around and came upon a rather interesting tree, the American Hornbeam. Never heard of it, right? Apparently it is a native to our soil and weather, grows well but not huge....20-30 ft tall, beautiful fall color reds/oranges and well-liked by our local arborists. So after talking with the landscape designer who works at the nursery, I decided to invest in an American Hornbeam. I have welcomed her (giggle) to the yard, and told her to make herself comfortable, because she is staying for an extended period of time. I am not sure if I am going to name her....the last tree we named immediately died, and I sure don't wish to repeat that same fate.
After the tree settled in, I walked around to the side of the house where the lilac bushes are planted, I should have known they were in bloom because of the aroma. Oh heaven, I wish I could bottle that smell, but instead clipped a few branches and brought them inside to enjoy while they last. They come and go so quickly.
It rained (again) last night, or should I say poured, so again the ground is too wet to plant. But tomorrow, I'm planting, wet or not. I am ready to be done with those planting chores and enjoy the fruits of my labor by enjoying the scenery from the back porch or the new front yard patio. I am planning a "welcome to summer" party on June 26th so by then everything should have taken hold. Setting a date to entertain always gets me motivated to do all those little chores I put off for "later".
Do you do that....put off those "extra chores" until company is coming? I think I would be much more organized if I had company come at least once a month. Well, let's see, I have Welcome to Summer party in June, Bunco here in July and my sisters-in-law visiting, and some of my special "sisters" from my collaborative blog "Focusing On Life" traveling here in August. And hopefully son & daughter-in-law will come soon for a visit. That pretty much covers it for the summer, organized I must be.
"In my garden, after a rainfall, you can faintly, yes, hear the breaking of new blooms." ~ Mary Chase
Until next time.....