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Le Printemps a ‘Hotlanta’

March 26, 2007

Chers Amis,

The good news about spring in Atlanta is that it comes early. The bad news is that summer shows up 15 minutes later with the yellow jackets.  As you can see, the thermometer on our deck read 87.7 F this afternoon – in the shade. Yesterday it read above 90.Thermometer_2 I think it was off a degree or two, but it was hot. The kids splashed  in the ‘cold tub’ while DH bustled about the yard,dripping in the heat. They don’t call it ‘Hotlanta’
for nothing 🙂 Welcome to ‘Spr-ummer’.  Actually, I love it! It is a gorgeous if confused season with temperatures vacillating wildly and tornadoes always threatening under dHostaark cloaks lined with silver.  It is the best time of year to be outside in Georgia and I just itch to get into the garden.  Dh took two kids and one dog to the Depot Saturday and filled up his truck with dirt, flowers, edging, and mulch.  He spent most of the weekend raking up the thick layer of leaves to reveal the tips and sprouts of our returning perennials.  The hostas are up but the Lilies of the Valley and most of my shade favorites are still hidden.

Here are a few of mes projets pour le jardin qui m’attendent:

  • Replant the flower baskets for the front porch (see wheelbarrow)
  • Flowers
  • Hang three fern baskets (at least one will become home to a Carolina Wren)
  • Fill the planter by the front steps with coleus, dragon wing  begonia and sweet potato for color.
  • Make a trek to our favorite small nursery for herbs and more shade loving plants.  Every year I long for that English border garden, but I have to remember we have a SHADE garden with no direct Sun. Face it.  Repetez, Marjorie, "Ferns are your friends."
  • Trim and Replenish my herb container gardens on the deck: basil , dill, chives, thyme, sage, oregano, mint and anything else that looks good – fennel?


      • Replace the stone edging along the front beds and remind small children NOT TO REMOVE stonework in search of salamanders, frogs, skinks, earth snakes or ANY other creatures. (Note to self:  you do realize this is fruitless don’t you !)
  • Weed everywhere with a smile.  At least weeds are green! Without weeds or moss we would have no ‘lawn’.  Grass needs sun.  Weeds don’t.
  • Re edge back beds and plant parsley and butterfly friendly flowers.
  • Stake the butterfly bush before it flops.
  • Research how to lay new flagstone path from drive to deck.  Visit local stone yard for ideas.
  • Replace termite nibbled wood retaining wall in fern garden with stone/blocks.  Add water feature for birds.

Whew!  Better run and find those gloves and a trowel before the humidity sets in.

— Marjorie

PS – Ill try to put up a spring photo album.  It is so lovely!


2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 27, 2007 9:49 am

    I love your garden photos. And it really does sound hot there. We haven’t had a hot day yet, but I am soaking up the cool eighties while I can. 🙂

  2. March 27, 2007 4:06 pm

    Ok, 90 degrees in March does sound a little excessive, but… I think I’d take it! The sun was *supposed* to come out today and send the temperature up to 57. But it has been hanging at a chilly, damp 50 all day. Much better than the below zero temps we had at the beginning of the month, but this thing they call “spring” up here is sure hard for me to get through!!!

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