Luck Of The Irish

March 17, 2015

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I hope you are having a lovely day whether you’re celebrating St. Patty of not. St. Patricks day always makes me think Spring, even though growing up in Chicago there was still a good chance I was wearing my winter coat. We are enjoying an unseasonably warm and sunny day here in Northern California. I have been working my tail off the last couple of weeks getting my yard cleaned up. It’s not my favorite thing to do, but I do get a lot of satisfaction out of the finished product.  I still have one more set of bushes to prune back, we need to remulch and that’s about it. We even have our garden started. I feel like we are a couple weeks ahead of the game because it has been such a warm winter.

I thought I would share some pictures of my side yard, which is my pride and joy. It’s the part of the yard that I see from the kitchen, and it was so blah when we first moved in.  It’s taken three years for it to really come together.  Every year I make some tweaks.

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The big addition this year was to a  table under the kitchen windows where I could put some additional flowers. I didn’t want to make a significant investment in this table so I modified a design I saw on pinterest. A lot of people have made benches with cinderblocks and fence posts, I just make mine a little taller. I’d like to cut some wood to lay across the fence posts to have a better surface for my pots; we just haven’t gotten around to that. The table is also providing some storage for extra pots. I’m pretty happy with it.

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This is also the first summer that we aren’t using earth boxes for our garden. We’ve grown some great veggies in earth boxes, but they aren’t the prettiest things to look at.  We went with cedar raised beds. We bought the corners from gardeners.com and the wood from home depot. We are going to use a drip system to automatically water which will hopefully help as we haven’t always been consistent with watering in the past. We’ve got 2 tomato plants, 2 bush beans, basil, oregano and more peppers than our family of 3 needs. I went a little crazy with pepper plants. We’ve got fresno, anaheim, joe e parker, jalapeno, red and green pepper plants.

Everything is fully in bloom here.  It’s only mid march and my Japanese maple is completely green. The birds are frolicking and building nests. It smells so lovely in the neighborhood. I think this is my favorite time of year.

I leave you with this beautiful Irish Blessing: “Wherever you go and whatever you do, May the luck of the Irish be there with you.”


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One Response to “Luck Of The Irish”

  1. Alice
    March 21st, 2015 | 1:04 pm

    I love that Irish saying. I also love your side garden. It has an aura that gets better and stronger with every tweak you and Bill make. Love you!

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