Monday, June 23, 2008

Taking off

It's been a slow start getting hanging baskets and containers going this spring due to our frigid May and working six and seven days a week. I just had the luxury of taking off for an actual weekend though, and took advantage of it by working in my own garden, of course.

Now that the weather has warmed, plants overwintered in the basement are taking off. This elephant ear just unfurled two new leaves, the first since being repotted and coming outside. I'm sure the organic fertilizer I used a couple of weeks ago didn't hurt.

Ah, weekends! I remember those!

I hope you all had a great weekend too.


  1. Your elephant ears look very healthy for not spending much time outside yet! Glad you had a real weekend off; hope you get more time to relax this summer.

  2. No kidding. When does the garden season wind down around there anyway? Geesh! Do you get a couple of days off during the week at least?

  3. Weekends are a delight...I get to spend time with my sweet husband and see friends! I have an office at home and get to work in the garden during the week. Is work slower now or busier?


  4. I'm sure you plants are enjoying your attention and the sun and warmth. Isn't it great to get some uninterrupted gardening time in?

  5. I feel the same way. I'm in my garden, but not blogging as much. I just can't find the time.

  6. Anonymous7:32 PM

    Oh, it's hot and humid here! Plants are already wilting in the sun. I have elephant ears in the pond though that are going to reach to the trees pretty soon if it doesn't stop growing!

  7. Love your Blog! Thanks for sharing your great pics of your wonderful garden and flowers.

  8. Rose, thanks! They don't get much sun, so they're slower growing than some. But I like them anyway!

    I think things will start to level off soon(?)

    Cinj, I seem to be steadily busy, with a new client or two each week so far. No days off during the week. I hope to busy through the entire gardening season - into late October or even early November for clean-up. I have some maintenance clients, and that can mean once a week or more. But hopefully no more 7 day weeks! This old body needs at least one day to recouperate!

    Gail, that's exactly what we did this weekend - chillin' and grillin' and enjoying the garden and patio, enjoying a bottle of wine (or two) together, enjoying the beautiful weather, and getting a bunch of stuff done in between!

    Work's leveled off just the teeniest bit, so now I can at least have Sundays off. I don't plan to work even 6 days a week long-term though. Before much longer I'll need to cut back or stop altogether working at the nursery so I can make that happen.

    How great that you get to work at home! That's fantastic. And to be able to find time during your weekdays to garden is excellent.

    I do little things here and there before and after work, and even sometimes when I come home for lunch, but the place needed some focused attention for a few hours, and it looks much nicer for it!

    Beckie, it was great to have a few hours to play in my own garden!

    Rosemary, I know what you mean. It's hard to find time for blogging. (especially when blogger cr@ps out when you try to post your reply to your blog visitors. . . )

    Brenda, I hope you get some relief from the heat, and hopefully a good, soaking rain too.

    Sherri, thanks for visiting! I'm glad you enjoy the blog. I enjoy doing it.

  9. I'm glad you've enjoyed the weekend. And just thought you might want to know there's an award waiting for your pretty self at my place ;-) Cheers!

  10. Thank you Nancy :)

    Violet, thank you so much for the award. I feel very honored!

    It might take me a few days or more to get to my post. It's such a busy time of year for me.

  11. Linda: You can grow elephant ear there! They never stop growing once planted down here and can get amazingly large. they just say 'tropical'.

    So glad you had some time off and that you also felt like working in your own garden after tending to everyone elses every other day... too bad we can't buy time with all our earnings!
    Meems @Hoe&Shovel

  12. Meems, I have a few tropicals here, and now I overwinter them in the basement under my nifty grow light.

    My dear husband the lawn man has mentioned more than once that he's amazed I go straight to the garden here when I get home from tending other people's gardens all day. It's nice to enjoy what I do for a living enough that I still feeling like doing it after the workday is done.

    Saturday might be a rain day. Neither I nor the garden here would mind. I'd get the day off from working, and the garden would get the day off from the sprinkler.


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