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Friday Lunch With Daughters & Status Of My Patio Plants

Yesterday Kendra and Kasi met here at my apartment to order lunch after I went to see my doctor. I have a cyst on my chest that suddenly started getting bigger.

It has been there for years and my doctor had told me to just watch it and tell her if it changed.

It’s no big deal. Not cancerous, she said. The breast center will call me to make an appointment to remove it.

Mexican Food For Lunch:

So Kasi went to pick up lunch at a Mexican place just around the corner. We had a nice time eating and chatting.

It’s one of my favorite things to do, have lunch with my daughters. They never seem to have long to stay, but I enjoy what time we have together.

Later this month, all of us, Kendra, Kasi and I will be getting our vaccines on the same day. I’ll be so glad to get that process started.

Patio Chores Need To Be Started:

I need to get out on the patio and start cutting down all the dead stuff from last year. If it’s warm enough today I might begin that process.

The leaves from the tree are all over the patio. But I hesitate trying to remove them now because this harsh winter turned all the leaves brown. First time that’s happened.

So those brown leaves will have to fall. And I don’t want to clean the patio twice.

I noticed that the allium plant has about three inches of green. So I’ll need to delicately cut around that. Also the lemon balm and daisies are coming up.

A Harsh Winter May Have Killed Some Perennials:

I thought the oregano in the big pot was going to make it all the way through winter. But this last bout of ice and snow turned it brown.

Maybe if I cut it all the way back it will have the energy to return.

Then there are daffodils that seem stunted.

They’ve been the same 4-5 inches they’ve been for about a month and nothing has changed. They’re at one end of the blue raised bed, just one clump of them.

More About My Garden:

I’m not seeing anything from the white clematis yet. I don’t know if it survived this winter or not. It has made it through the others. But none of them were as cold as this year.

The yarrow seems to be okay. But then I think it’s hard to kill yarrow.

I know many think of it as a weed. But I love the yellow flowers it produces. And since it’s in a pot, I’m not worried about it taking over.

What is the status of your garden?

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15 Comments

  1. Glad you had a chance to have lunch with your daughters. My mom came out here the other day and we had lunch out before we got our hair cut. We hadn’t seen each other in six weeks, so it was nice to be together again.

    Here in Illinois, there’s finally some bare ground, but we still have huge icy snow piles everywhere. I went walking around my yard today to see if anything was popping up yet, and I found chives, daffodils and Jacob’s Ladder poking out of the ground.

    Have a good weekend!

  2. So glad you have lunch with your daughters now and then. So good for you to see them. We’ve had some warm temps in January, then lots of snow and freezing in Feb. and now March isn’t too bad, but still very cold nights, in the 20’s. So no gardening yet for me. I got rid of all the dead stuff from last year in January and pruned most everything, plus my roses. I won’t start planting probably until mid April or so, which is still too early for here, but the things I start from seeds outdoors should do OK. Just have to wait to plant “starts” until mid May or early June. We have too many night freezes way up until June 1st or so!

  3. Goodness, we still have 6-12 in of snow covering the garden here in Massachusetts. I am hoping the daffodils are being to come thru beneath the snow, but won’t know for quite a while!

  4. Hi Brenda, my daffodils have done the same as yours, up about 4 inches but the freeze burned the tops of them so even if the survive they probably won’t be pretty. Oh well! I wanted to mention to you that I hadn’t made any attempt to get my vaccine until last Thursday. I’d heard so many people saying to navigate websites was so difficult and I just don’t want to spend my time on that so I decided to wait until they were available locally in pharmacies. Thursday I went to walmart.com hoping that my small town store would be doing it but they weren’t so I just drove 10 miles into Broken Arrow. When I went online they had lots of times available for the next day and I had my first shot yesterday. My arm is a little sore as it always is when I have a vaccination, but I feel fabulous today just as usual. You’re probably satisfied to wait and go with the girls but just wanted to mention that ease of getting the shot is looking up. Have a great weekend!

  5. Brenda, I really enjoy your posts. Love the pictures of your fur babies.
    My thumb is not as green as it used to be. I find that very frustrating. I love gardening, but I feel some limitations with my 75 year old body. I get stuff done, but at such a slow pace.
    However, there are worse things in the world. I know that!!

  6. Hate to push my luck, but due to warm temps and no frost in forecast, went ahead and planted my herbs that didn’t come back in my your recommended raised bed. Absolutely love it and ordered the rectangular one a d planted my veggies in it. As you can probably tell live in San Joaquin valley of califormia.
    Just finished my spring pruning today.

  7. We’ve been in the high 30s/low 40s for five days straight and the snowbanks are slowly melting. I’ve been out daily working hard chopping turned into ice snowbanks and throwing the chunks into the driveway where the sun is shining to melt and evaporate them. They’re still at least 2 feet tall after all my hard work. No way will I be able to see the earth in my garden along the south side of my driveway until that entire snowbank has melted down to nothing. It will be weeks yet – assuming this warm weather continues (and in Wisconsin, you never know what you’ll get, we’ve had blizzards in April and ice storms in May) before this is all melted way and the earth begins to thaw out. Nothing will grow until then, except in select areas where the sun shines the most for the longest amount of time.

  8. I know you’re chomping at the bit to get out in your patio and start playing the dirt. I’m excited for you that it’ll be happening very soon. I’m in a similar position but in my case I’m looking forward to playing in my ‘new’ sewing space.
    I’m so happy to hear that you got to enjoy lunch with your daughters.
    Enjoy your Saturday, Brenda!

  9. Hi Brenda
    When is it safe to cut back plants from the winter? I now live in Virginia and new to true winters after living in Florida.

    1. LaDonna,
      I live in southern Virginia and do after winter clean up and pruning as soon as March rolls in. When I lived
      further north (Delaware) but still in Zone 7, I would do it the end of March and any new in ground planting (seeds) then as well.
      This winter has been weird with all the precipitation and much colder temps than we have seen in a long time.
      Gail

  10. The ice and snow probably stopped the growth of your daffodils, but hopefully they will start growing again in the warm weather. We had a very mild winter, which I am grateful for.
    xoxo Laura

  11. Glad you could have lunch with your sweet daughters. We probably will not see any new life popping up for another month or more here in Illinois. It is warming up here in the 60’s next week so that will feel fabulous. Have a good weekend.

  12. So glad that you had lunch with your daughters. I had my second vaccine yesterday and I am feeling fatigued, but I am grateful that is the only side effect!