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Tuesday, April 05, 2011

71 Spring cleaning in the garden


umbrellas
  Before the April showers I have been ducking between raindrops and storms to start the annual "pick up sticks" campaign that keeps us busy in our yard and garden.
I snapped a few messy before garden shots to share this week. Not nearly as messy nor as many sticks and branches to pick up thanks to hubby's hard work last summer, 
 but enough never the less...

spring cleaning life
garden bed along our winding driveway 
still buried in leaves that fell 
long after hubby's blowing and burning last fall

bed before spring rain
garden bed that is part of the wall that hold back the hill 
between the house and garage

crinkled dried dead hosta
dried dead hosta leftovers 
( after playing with a few photo effects)

One of hubby's favorite parts of yard work
  includes his burning pit. 
Here is his first official burn of the season.
Now we both have the lingering scent of smoked sausage☺. 

spring fire embers
a reminder of this pit from winter appearing 


More Wordless/Wordful Wednesday links 
  to discover in the linky below.
This week I am also linking up for your enjoyment to

Have you started outdoor spring cleaning yet?

primrose on garden hoe       
until next time ...
 

71 comments:

Brian said...

Oh yes, tis the season fur sure!

GayNYCDad said...

Gotta love it!
Happy WW!

Kristi {at} Live and Love...Out Loud said...

Oh my goodness, I'm so excited about seeing your pics once everything in your yard starts blooming again! :)

Indrani said...

Soon there will be flowers and flowers.

Melissa + Tiffany @ Home Grown Families said...

I HATE gardening!!! :)
Thanks for the linky!
Tiffany

Sandee said...

Our poor yard needs a lot of attention too. We need to get started as you have.

Have a terrific day. :)

Binky said...

Spring is finally here, I think!

Really like your "dried dead hosta" pic. Nice textures and colour.

Marice said...

looks like you are now ready for spring :)

alicia said...

I have much of that same work ahead. Happy WW!

Rachel said...

Ha -- the burning would by my husband's favorite part too!

Candy said...

I went out today and snapped before pics too! We have an abundance of leaves all over and definitely no tilled soil. But we do have a fallen tree to cut up and I do believe we will also have a fire! :D Sometimes living in the country is useful

Katie said...

feel free to come over and clean out my yard when you've got a minute!

Uyen said...

At least this means that spring is finally coming for you!

Texas Type A Mom said...

It's spring now - hopefully it'll reach you soon!

Will said...

Yes the work is lined up for us gardeners. Now until June is the busiest time of the year for me, both at home and at work.

Sukhmandir Kaur said...

I can only imagine your delight and relief after the snow melts to poke and prod the earth for new shoots. This is surely a year for rampant greenery. Even though we don't get snow we can't put a garden in too early because it would just get flooded by rain. And since we had a higher than average rainfall the meadow grasses are lush and big competition for our garden.

Snowcatcher said...

My hyacinths, tulips and daffodils are coming up, but we had snow on Monday, and more expected later this week. Sometimes spring takes a little too long to get here!

Buckeroomama said...

Burning is good for the soil, though, right? Asks the city girl. :)

Mom Hearts Pinot said...

OOooo Can't wait to see some "After" pics!

Simply Delicious said...

Happy Spring!

Simply Delicious

Maria @ LSS said...

Can't wait to see it when it's done. Happy WW!

Simply Being Mommy said...

Can't wait to see pics from all your flowers this spring and summer.

Michelle said...

I imagine the garden looks amazing now...

Dominique said...

can't wait to see how your yard turns out once everything is done.

Henrietta said...

I'll sink if I start too soon! I can't wait though :) Happy WW!

Life Ramblings said...

i bet you can't wait for spring.

Kimberly said...

These pics make me super excited for spring!

Andrea (ace1028) said...

Is it weird that I can kind of smell the burning when you mentioned it? Happy WW!

Yakini @ThePrissyMommy said...

Oh dear - looks like you've got your work cut out for you! Hehe! :-)

Marilyn (A Lot of Loves) said...

We're not allowed to burn here, but I remember when we lived in a rural area Spring always brought the burn piles.

Ms. Sarah said...

one thing I am missing is spring cleaning outside and getting in the dirt to plant. We could rent a plot but that gets expensive.

Xmas Dolly said...

HELLOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I remembered and here I am. Check you out! Great pics & tanks for sharing! Spring has definitely sprung! Woo Hoo Did I hear anyone yell summer yet?

cristi said...

Thank you! My first WW!!

minoki said...

Hello, Grammy, you remember me that i must clean the house for spring. Have a nice day !

jayayceeblog said...

We have purchased new nursery plants to replace some that we've lost. I love the smell of an outdoor fire like that! Happy WW!

Lauren @ Hobo Mama said...

Funny how such beautiful foliage can make such a mess for us to clean up. :) We've been getting our garden ready for spring. So excited!

Visiting from Hobo Mama and Natural Parents Network!

PippaD said...

Want to come help me with mine too?

Dee said...

Very exciting! I have my plants ready and my seedlings are coming through!!

Russ aka Grampy said...

That is one of the things I miss. The old burning pit. Can't do it in our apartment.LOL

spectrummymummy said...

My fingers aren't so green- this looks great though!

Happy WW!

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

Pick up sticks :) Bet it all looks so clean and ready for spring now! Hope you do, too, LOL! That's a lot of work!

Susan Adcox said...

Hubby and I did our spring cleaning, which involved trimming the shrubs, weeding the beds and putting out fresh mulch. I was so tired I was literally staggering!

Alicia said...

Happy Spring! :)

Lisa Mom of 2 Boys said...

I love spring but it is a lot of work to get a garden going - can't wait to see how it progresses.

Marianna said...

We tried to get the boys to play pick up sticks in our yard but they didn't fall for it.

Brandy said...

Spring = a lot of work for sure!

Mary @ Framed and Tagged said...

I tried to get most of my clean-up done back in the winter when we would get a warm spell.
Spring is a very busy time but I love it!

Sarah said...

I can't wait for warmer weather to get outisde!

Lori said...

Little by little we are working on it! :)

blueviolet said...

Two houses ago was probably the worst I've ever had it for pick up sticks. I felt like a forest dropped itself on my lawn!

Lisa Noel said...

I can't wait til it all greens up!

Tony McGurk said...

I have to do some Autumn cleaning & get rid of a lot of finished stuff in the veggie garden. Daylight saving finished last weekend which is a sure sign of winter quickly approaching.

Rachael @ Empowering Mommy said...

Isn't Spring wonderful! Your yard will look beautiful - what a lot of work you all are doing!

Polish Mama on the Prairie said...

Thank you so much for the linkup! I wish I was outside digging out new flower beds in our yard as well :)

Kathy said...

Our yard looks terrible, I can not wait for all the flowers to bloom!

Kathy said...

Our yard looks terrible, I can not wait for all the flowers to bloom!

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Night Owl Mama said...

looks like a lot of clean up work I too have the same well similar mess

Xmas Dolly said...

Thanks for stopping by, and I'm here showing some love too! Yep you need to get that Yorkie out & throw the ball. I'm sure yours & my dog can use the exercise to lose some of the chubbies they gained over the winter. So, can I!!! ~hehe~ HUGS

Au and Target said...

I've got black thumbs so gardening is a horror for me!

bearhavenmama.com said...

I can't wait until I can clean up my yard. I have brown thumbs and was so excited when I saw that some of my perennials actually lived for another year! Hooray!

bearhavenmama.com said...

I can't wait until I can clean up my yard. I have brown thumbs and was so excited when I saw that some of my perennials actually lived for another year! Hooray!

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Oh yes, Spring Cleaning in the yard. But, oh what fun. I'd much rather do this kind of cleaning than being stuck in the house scrubbing walls and such.

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angie said...

My grandpa used to burn the yard waste too. I'm pretty sure it's illegal here. :)

Amy A.K.A. "The Mrs." said...

I'm sure it will be lovely! :)

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kim said...

wish I could experience SPRING someday, lol!

Cheeseboy said...

We men love fires. Grunt. Fires.

My yard needs some help...

Krystyn said...

That's some progress! Yay for gardening.

elva said...

smoked sausage you say? yummers. i should learn how to smoke sausages. and oh! mozzarella! i just love love love smoked cheeses. i've looked at those expense machine smokers but seems like if you can smoke sausage in a fire pit, maybe i can figure it out too? :)

April said...

I've started! Of course, it's almost summer weather here!