Before and After

Because we live in Oregon, gardening in the springtime can be a little problematic. It rains here, you see. And once it rains, the ground stays mucky and soggy for at least a week, or it does up here where I live. (Our soil is so clay-y you could take a handful and make a pot without much effort at all.)

But every now and then we get a break in the gloom, the heavenly choirs sing in tune and…  *LAAAAAAAAA* the sun comes out. And stays out. And the temperature rises so much that all native Oregonians begin our ‘why is it so HOT’ whining. In between said whining and whinging, we run to the plant store, mow the lawn at a lope in case the rain comes back, and weed like our lives depended on it.

We had a week like that in April, and another one this week. Here are the before and after shots of the garden, as it stands now.

April:

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And then in May:

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Shot from a different angle, but the vegetation is pretty similar.

Patio plants in April:

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Patio plants yesterday:

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Hanging baskets in April:

2014-04-20 13.08.11

Baskets, grapes, and blueberries now:

2014-05-17 17.21.08It’s still early days, though. If everything survives the hailstorms, downpours, and slug invasions, we might have a very pretty yard in July. Or it’ll look like a monument to black spot, mildew, and mold. I dunno. It could go either way. We Oregonians are a gambling people.

 

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