I'm delighted to see how vigorous the nasturium seedlings are. They practically popped the top off the little grow box I've got them in. With any luck these will do well enough to plant in bright bunches around my yard. I wish I could say that the lavender I planted was doing as well. If you look closely in the photo, you can see the lone, sickly lavender sprout coming up in the lower right-hand quadrant. My plans for multiple lavender plants are fast fading. Such is life.
In other news, Ricky the landscaper is coming by the house Thursday evening to see what we'd like to have done and gather information so that he can give us an estimate. On our punch list is:
- re-grade the yard so that water drains away from the foundation. I haven't done an estimate of how much dirt we'll have to move but it is likely a few hundred cubic feet.
- pull out a few volunteer holly bushes and forsythia shrubs
- clear out the broken pottery and random rocks that litter the yard. There may have been some kind of artistic plan at one time but it has been obscured by time
- help me install my 3 raised beds and fill them with fresh soil. Ideally I'd like to have this done by mid-April so I can get my seedlings in the ground just before the date of the last frost.
- help me site and plant a new semi-dwarf tart cherry tree. This is only going to happen if the tree I spotted at the garden center is still available. They only get so many tart cherry trees each Spring and then once they're gone, they're gone until next year.
I'll have a full report after his visit!