This morning, after a pot of coffee and a trip to the bank, EJ and I drove to a plant nursery near his company. On the way we passed a garage sale and we decided to turn around and stop at it. I saw three birdhouses, $7.50 for all three. They were made by kids, the lady said, but they looked pretty good so I bought them all. Then we continued on the way to the greenhouse
They have lots of big greenhouses filled with plants. I got a big cart and went immediately to the greenhouse filled with herbs and veggies. I got a flat of strawberries and a flat of assorted herbs: Golden Marjoram, Lemon Thyme, Caraway, Lemon Grass, two French Tarragons, Rosemary, Hyssop, Pennyroyal, Peppermint, Spearmint, Chamomile, Sorrel, Lovage, and maybe one or two others that I am forgetting. EJ and I filled a third flat with tomato, pepper, celery, cabbage, cucumber, butternut and acorn squash, and cantaloupe plants. Then we added two cherry trees and two blueberry bushes. Our car was bursting with plants and trees and birdhouses.
When we got home, I carried the birdhouses and two flats of plants to the table on the front porch, and the flat of strawberries near my strawberry patch while EJ carried the cherry trees and blueberries to a shady area in the back yard, all to be planted later. After EJ left for work this afternoon, I took Danny for his walk and then I mowed the lawn so it would look nice for Shabbat. Sweetheart (my new mower) started on the first try.
After the lawn was mowed, I planted all the strawberry plants in my strawberry patch, adding the new ones to the ones already growing there. Then I planted the herbs that I want to bring inside over the winter into pots. I put some of them on the front porch and others on the little child-sized park bench under the lilac bush. Then I planted the rest of the herbs in my herb garden. I don’t know how to use all the herb plants, but I will have fun learning.
Eric will plant the veggies in his garden soon, and he will plant the cherry trees out near the bird feeders. We are making a little dwarf cherry tree orchard there. We are not sure yet where we will plant the blueberry bushes. Tomorrow we might go to a different nursery and get some climbing rose bushes for the fence and some grape plants. Our yard is little, but it is packed full of good veggies, fruit trees, berry bushes, herbs, and .flowers.
When I finished all the planting, I got out EJ’s post-hole digger and dug a hole. Then I dragged a post over and set it up for one of the new birdhouses. I set it up so we will be able to see it from the living room window–the one in which we put the air conditioner in the summer. It is on the same side of the house as the other birdhouses, but further down. EJ said he will put the house on the post tomorrow. I’m not sure where I will put the other birdhouses. I will discuss it with EJ and he can help me decide.
After I got all these tasks done, I was very tired and my feet hurt very much. However, I took time to fill up all the birdfeeders, fix JJ some supper, and wash the dishes. I am going to relax for the rest of the evening. Although I am really tired, I had a lot of joy buying the plants and then planting them. There is something deeply satisfying and joyful about working in gardens.