Today was the last day of the long weekend for me, scruloose
, and Ginny (Kas was back at work), and we spent it fairly productively. scruloose
and I had originally planned to have dinner with my parents tonight (belated birthday), but the plan changed to Cora's for brunch (yay!), and since we'd intended to spend the afternoon erranding with Ginny (and since my parents know and like her), she came for brunch too.
The erranding part of the day went more quickly than we'd expected (always a plus). The last stop was Halifax Seed, where Ginny made some inquiries about what magnolias require (in hopes of getting one this year) and I asked what we should do to improve the life of the lilac scruloose
and I planted in 2011. AFAIK the lilac hasn't had any major issues, but we haven't exactly kept up with proactively caring for it, either, and it's neither terribly large nor a prolific bloomer. We can probably make its life much happier.
We came away with some lime (to be applied now/soonish) and some fertilizer for flowering plants (to be doled out later in the season), and should look into how to properly prune the shrub when that time comes. (I don't even think we own gardening shears. Oh dear.)
There were very few plants ready for purchase, since planting in these parts is generally done in mid-/late May, but there was a sign encouraging us to ask about summer-flowering bulbs, so I did. Turns out those need to be dug up and brought indoors each year, though, and that exceeds my current "is it low-maintenance enough that we have a prayer of not killing it?" threshold.
And after the erranding, Ginny came over and helped me cull a lot of my wardrobe (which has been in desperate need of it). There're still some drawers that I need to deal with, but we got through the bulk of it, and now there are three large bags ready to be donated.
The realization I mentioned last week, which I think is a potential game-changer for our gardening (although our gardening will probably never be at all ambitious), is that it probably wouldn't be too complicated to add a hose hookup at the back of our townhouse. As it is, there's no convenient way to water anything out back, which is the area where we're actually allowed to garden somewhat. ( our current situation re: logistics and rules; four fairly short paragraphs )
I've emailed the condo board president to ask permission to a) put in the hose hookup and b) remove the space-hogging bush I don't like. She says she'll take the former to the board (I have no idea how long that might take) and has referred the bush question to the board member who approves things like that (and I haven't heard back). Both of these are significant factors in what we might try to do this year, so I'm fidgety, but we'll see what happens.
For now, I've started a garden board on Pinterest
, which doesn't have a ton of things on it yet, but I'm at least taking a stab at finding plants that'd do well in partial shade. And browsing Amazon led me to Smart Pots
, which I like the looks of as easy substitutes for building more elaborate container/box gardens. (Conveniently, Halifax Seed sells some.) There's also the option of planting things in pots
that could go on the fences between our little area and our neighbors'.
I'm also toying with the idea of trying to grow tomatoes again, although our success rate with them is abysmal (the one year we didn't kill them, we had to move shortly before they would've been ready to harvest >.<). My minor fixation on growing tomatoes is due to finding the plants extremely attractive, loving the smell of the plants, and really appreciating the marvelous array of names and colors and whatnot. (My knowledge of which funky tomato types might be happiest in our climate is nonexistent; our hardiness zone seems to be 6b
, FWIW. And the options would probably be limited by my interest in starting from plants, not seeds [at least until we manage to not kill some].)
The reason I need to spell out my motivations is that I don't actually like eating
tomatoes. ^^; (More due to texture than flavor.) scruloose
likes them, though, and tomatoes go into various things I like to eat, although that
largely depends on scruloose
's interest in processing/cooking them in a timely fashion, since he's the household cook.
That said, I'm pretty sure if we can just plant and not kill
the tomatoes (the death rate of which has been mostly, if not entirely, due to insufficient watering in the past), we can consume or rehome the fruit.