Green Thumb Sunday
This is my first contribution to green thumb Sunday, so I thought I’d start with a shot that indicated exactly what we were up against when we began. When we arrived in Canada, we found so much that was unfamiliar. I grew up in warm, balmy weather. Our only seasons consisted of hot beach days and cloudy beach days! Gardening was a pleasure because you just put a seed in the ground and it grew! That’s all.
When we arrived in Canada, the ground was already frozen, so there was no advance preparation for the season to come. I couldn’t see much under all the snow, but I loved the hoare frost on the trees and bushes and the plenitude of animals that were with us through the winter. I determined then that I would make our yard friendly for any living thing that wanted to wander or spend some time with us.
Spring eventually came. MUD. Another new experience. And then the realization, as the snow cleared and we could see the state of the land, that this old farm had been seriously neglected for some time. I enjoy hard work though, and my pets loved being outside with me as we cleaned up layer after layer of lost toys, old carburetors, nuts and bolts, buckets, boards, beer cans — getting the idea? Eventually we had hauled away the pieces I could actually move by myself and then I enlisted the aid of wubby for the larger things.
Next step was seeing what was under all the overgrowth. We found some treasures. I had never seen a mallow plant except in pictures. I gave them room to grow and they were prolific for us. We had some beautiful, old, lilac bushes. We discovered a beautiful blue flower. I’m still not positive that we’ve correctly identified it. Anyway, there were lots of treasures to be found. Lots of hard labor and a little patience and we began to “know” the terrain.
We eventually had a green and thriving piece of land and even had a place to plant the pine tree our foster daughter brought home from school one day. I still want to go back and rescue that plant for her.
This year we are finally in our own home. It also has some challenges to be addressed, but we are so looking forward to that first weekend in June when we can begin our planting and creating. Our season is very short, but our days are very long and sunny, so I’ll be sharing some of the things that are new to me as I progress this year.
In light of all that, I wanted my first contribution to Green Thumb Sunday to reflect some of the difficulties we encountered so you will realize the joy we felt at seeing the stubborn little plant try and thrive where it was planted.
This is what the ground looked like after the cleaning and amending took place. These poor little plants barely got started and the first hard freeze hit! Oh well, I’m learning. I’ve spent many hours reading about plants that grow in Canadian zones 2 and 3 and expect we’ll have a better year this time.