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There they are a standing in a row...

Still thinking about gardening and planting and trees and suchlike. Historically, I've had a bad habit of getting involved in something, spending LOTS of money on it, and then dropping it. So...I'm still trying to feel myself out to see if this is a temporary obsession or a legitimate activity. At LEAST putting in some trees would seriously help the house and the property, so I'm absolutely going to do that much. It may be that this year all I can get to is pruning the hedges, tweaking the crepe myrtle, and planting three shade trees--then do something more ambitious in terms of gardening next year.

The telltale signs of one of my short-term obsessions is my trying to outreach myself on a specific element of the project, dropping it, and then stopping all other forward progress. So, naturally, I'm trying to figure out how to weld rebar to make an interesting lawn sculpture/vine trellis.

Start slow, go with the trees...

Blargh. I've got two big documents I've been promising the church for about two months, now. Gotta get those done. This is such a crowded weekend, though! Maybe I can wedge three hours into Saturday before my birthday party. I've recently extended my work commute from a half hour round-trip to a little over an hour (and adding an extra 30 minutes or so to any journeys), and then started walking a half-hour a day. So...suddenly, I've got about six fewer hours of free time per week. This is causing me some miscalculations on how much time I've actually got to do things. [Edit: Screw it, I'm cashing in some of my vacation to work on this. I've got 15 days coming to me this year, and I haven't used one yet. I want to keep this particular weekend work-free!]

Pardon the stream of consciousness!


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Mar. 7th, 2008 04:24 pm (UTC)
Hey, happy (belated) birthday, you!
Mar. 7th, 2008 04:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)
Mar. 7th, 2008 04:42 pm (UTC)
If you feel the urge to get ahead of yourself in the gardening aspect, try writing out a five-year plan of everything you'd like to put in (think big, we can pare it down later), when you'd like to do it, and work on finding photos / additional information about the things you'd like to incorporate. You learn more about both the component parts and your desires for the design, you can make changes when they're cheap (because they're still on paper), and you can still feel like some kind of progress is happening. I'll be happy to go over plans with you and help figure out the details to make sure it turns out the way you want. You can also decide that you've got a "frivolous plants" budget (maybe $5 - $10 a month or less) for little annuals and ornaments that are pretty, don't need much forethought, and let you feel like you're making progress. Plus, did I mention they're pretty?

But also, plant the shade trees as soon as you're able, since they take the longest to make an impact.
Mar. 7th, 2008 04:48 pm (UTC)
I've gotten the books you've recommended, those are coming in, and I can start referencing them - but, absolutely, the shade trees first. I can work around them and make them look more landscaped in the summer.

I'm just rambling a bit right now--but getting down the trees where i think they'll want to live would help a lot with the more cosmetic stuff down the road.

I'm still not quite sure what to do about the tree in the front yard, though--whether we should wait to see if the tree we have there is going to survive, or plant a new one.
Mar. 7th, 2008 04:56 pm (UTC)
Leave it for now. Observe it this spring / summer, and decide in the fall.
Mar. 7th, 2008 06:19 pm (UTC)
i have power tools. some with lasers.

i can help build stuff!
Mar. 7th, 2008 10:09 pm (UTC)
Dully noted!!
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