Saturday, March 12, 2011


Why is it that I am obsessed with the weather?

I love it when spring finally comes.  It distracts me from the inside of the house and gives me fun things to think about.  I  actually have a seed catalog that I often fall asleep reading.

I know just what vegetables to plant in the garden.  Last year we missed most of the garden harvest due to a really rotten case of morning sickness.  This year I can't actually reach the ground to plant any veggies but I have hope that I will have a baby here sooner than later.  Actually one month from now.  Crazy!

I have to admit I am looking at and planning flowers to keep my self from sinking into the last-month-of-pregnancy-I'm-sure-this-will-never-end state of self pity.

Here's what makes me smile...

1--A cutting garden.  Who needs vegetables anyway?  Especially when I have a father who cannot restrain himself from planting every color and variety of potato available.  This is going along the fence in my garden spot.  Cone flowers, echinacea, black-eyed susan, verbena, daisy, and I need some good filler plants.  I've actually rarely planted perennials because we have always moved so often.  I've decided not to wait any longer.

2-- Knockout roses.  I want these along the front of my house in front of the bushes we planted last year.  Ever read about these beauties?  Hardy, compact and disease resistant.
3-- Trees.  My boys are obsessed with trees.  I think they always have been. There is a beautiful weeping willow on the way to Dal and Land's school and they always say "Look at that tree!  How long will it take to get one of those?  I wish we could just transplant that big tree!"

London Plane
Look at that bark--it looks like a water color painting!  These trees are all over temple square in Salt Lake City.

Navajo Globe Willow
fast growing and not as messy as most willows.  Looks like a big umbrella!

Weeping Willow 
(though most landscapers insist that this is a messy disease prone tree.  It looks like a dancing girl and it is my first love in the tree world...)

And of course I can't go without a couple of 
Blue Spruce

I also need to thin the irises and plant some day lilies in with them so we can have blooms in the late summer as well as spring. 

Of course actually doing the work is harder than imagining but that's what kids are for right?!


Jamie H said...

kim, I think weeping willows were my first love too! So romantic. But the tree I really desire now is a weeping chinese cherry tree. There is one a couple of blocks from our house and I run green with envy every time we pass it. And in the spring the kids can't resist hiding in its branches, no matter how many times I tell them its not our yard. Check it out:

It was so great to see you guys this weekend. Thanks for coming!

Juli said...

Navajo Globe willows are one of my favorites! They were everywhere in New Mexico. I don't know how they grow so perfectly round.