The forest yard is now more like savannah. Much of the fieldside yard has been cleared. Both look like a minefield. :/ I managed to pick off all the orange marking tape from the forest yard, which took even longer than putting it on.
Later Doug and I went out together. He worked on raking the dirt hills into the holes in the ground. I worked on spraying cut stumps to discourage regrowth. I'm tired, and I still feel like I accomplished nothing. Blargh.
Flowers are pretty today though.
EDIT 4/12/17: Third round of yardening, I went outside and poured the remaining dab of weed spray on some of the larger stumps. Then I cut down the burdock growing around the septic cap and sprayed all the cut ends with more weed killer. It still needs to be raked to spread out the sawdust from stump grinding, and then we've got topsoil to put over that to fill in the hollows. But at least I finally feel like I accomplished something today.
Blue grape hyacinths are in full bloom beside the patio.
To my great delight, the mayapple is leafing out in the forest garden.
Daffodils under the apricot are in full bloom. These have little clusters of fragrant crumpled flowers.
Tulips and blue grape hyacinths are blooming in the purple-and-white garden.
Most of the daffodils around the contorta willow are bicolors.
The lilacs are blooming in the row near the house.
Cherries are blooming in the orchard.
Here is a closeup of cherry blossoms.
The crabapple is blooming too.
Near the house, the golden rain tree is leafing out in lovely shades of pink and yellow.
These daffodils are blooming under the mulberry tree near the house.
This is the Japanese red maple in the savanna.
Sky blue grape hyacinths are blooming in the wildflower garden.
The redbud is blooming in the savanna.
Gojiberries are leafing out in the new hedge along the road. I am gratified to see that these are tough little fuckers. It frosted a few days after I planted these, and most of their leaves died. But both have survived! This is good, because that fencerow will be the first line of defense against the weather, that's why I won't give it up. Without that, the savanna has no protection.
Sweet mint is growing in the wagonwheel garden. Used to have organo there, now it's all over mint.
The white garden is a riot of paperwhite narcissus and white hyacinths in back and crumpled white and pale yellow daffodils around the front of the yucca. I put two spare Dusty Miller artemesias in there too. Dusty Miller is one of my favorite artemesias because is cheap, easy to grow, and looks like downy white oak leaves. My other favorite is Silver Mound but it is a little harder to find and more expensive because it doesn't come in 6-packs.
White honeysuckle is starting to bloom along the fencerow of the forest yard.
So is the serviceberry.
This is gold currant. It has an intense spicy-sweet smell and is well worth growing even if you don't like currants. The birds will happily eat them for you. Also hummingbirds love the tubular flowers, which on my bush are yellow with red throats.
Here's another crabapple blooming in the forest yard.
Red trillium is blooming under a big hackberry in the forest yard.
This is a yellow trillium beside the red one.