Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Wishing Wells and Trees
I was afraid that I had lost my sycamore tree, but it finally started showing signs of life. Today was another day of mowing. It is supposed to rain tonight and tomorrow, so we had to get it done. My legs are aching and my hands hurt from pulling weeds. Spring is so labor intensive. Seems like everywhere I look I see more things to do.
This maple tree didn't make it and will need to be removed. I have found one of the advantages of putting a garden around the trees is the seedlings have a chance to grow and can be transplanted. The biggest advantage to he who mows is less grass to mow and the obstacle (tree) is no longer in his way.
You can see the new pump house in the background. I can paint it now, even though it has no roof yet. The roof will be steel, like the main building. If I'm not mowing or weeding, I'm painting. Plenty of picnic tables await my brush.
Camper Harvey gave this wishing well to me for Christmas. He made it from some pallets that were to be thrown away. That always makes me happy ..... re-using resources. So, I need to plant something in it.
I hesitate to fill it with dirt, afraid it will eventually rot the wood. If I use a container that is too shallow, it will be difficult to keep the plants watered, as well as making the wishing well top heavy and prone to be blown over by the wind.
I want to use sweet potato plants. I tried putting them in hanging baskets last year and they did not do well until I took them down and planted them in the ground. Petunias come to mind. I can't decide if I want to stain it barn red or white wash it. It is cedar, so it will age to that grayish color and I like that, too. Things to ponder in the night ....... Any ideas are welcome.