Tuesday, April 05, 2011

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:

  1. Oh yes, tis the season fur sure!

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  2. Gotta love it!
    Happy WW!

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

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  4. Soon there will be flowers and flowers.

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

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

    Have a terrific day. :)

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  7. Spring is finally here, I think!

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

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  8. looks like you are now ready for spring :)

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

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

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  11. 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

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

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

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

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  15. 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.

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  16. 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.

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  17. 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!

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

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

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

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

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  22. I imagine the garden looks amazing now...

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

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

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  25. i bet you can't wait for spring.

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  26. These pics make me super excited for spring!

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

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

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

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  30. 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.

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  31. 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?

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  32. Thank you! My first WW!!

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

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  34. 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!

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  35. 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!

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  36. Want to come help me with mine too?

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

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

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

    Happy WW!

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  40. 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!

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  41. 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!

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  42. Happy Spring! :)

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

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

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  45. Spring = a lot of work for sure!

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  46. 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!

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

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  48. Little by little we are working on it! :)

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  49. 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!

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  50. I can't wait til it all greens up!

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  51. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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  58. 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

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

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  60. 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!

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  61. 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!

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  62. 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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    All Aboard!!

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

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  64. I'm sure it will be lovely! :)

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  65. Hi!

    Thanks for stopping by and following! I am following you back!!

    Be sure to come by for the Follow Friday 40 and Over Blog Hop!

    Have a great day!!
    Java

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  66. wish I could experience SPRING someday, lol!

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  67. We men love fires. Grunt. Fires.

    My yard needs some help...

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  68. That's some progress! Yay for gardening.

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  69. 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? :)

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

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