Well, me and my perfectionist personality ... I have been in a dilemma.
It has to do with where to place my veggie garden. Now I originally planted my veggie garden here on the east side of the patio because it gets the best light. But as you can see in that picture below, the weeds have literally taken it over, and before we plant our raised beds, we have to remove all grass and weeds. Then oddly, here in this picture taken at noon today, the garden is very shaded! What? Did my oak tree grow a lot more?? Oh, no! Now what??!! But then, I think I recalled this last year too and that it might have something to do with the positioning of the sun this early in the year, because I know this area had full sun in the summer most all day the past couple of years! Ah, yet another thing to consider for site selection!!
But then I think... since we no longer have the gazebo over the patio (thanks to dry rot which we discovered during hurricane prep last year when we tried to take it down), I thought that we might be able to relocate the two smaller 4 x 4 beds I'm doing this year, to the other side of the patio because it appears to get some pretty good sunlight. And since this was a spot the dogs igloos were in for awhile, as you see, it's mostly dirt there - no grass and no weeds - which would certainly save me some work! This picture was also taken at noon, the same time as the one above. As you see, except for shade from a patio umbrella, it is getting full sun. But then the sun seems to fade behind trees on that side about 3:00 p.m.
But then, I thought ... well, I could do the two smaller 4 x 4 beds on the west side of the patio, and then do a long 4 x 8 bed in the original spot!
And then, of course, I thought... there actually enough room there that I could actually do TWO of the longer 4 x 8 beds in the original garden spot! But then, there's all those weeds...
Now you see why it takes me forever to do anything??? I over-think things. I over analyze things. Then I often just say ... oh forget it! But, I made up my mind. I'll do the two 4 x 4 beds on the west side and ONE 4 x 8 on the original east side, so I sent Hubs to Lowe's to pick up some more wood on his way home.
This afternoon we are going to see the grandbaby. Maybe I'll actually get my boards done before that, maybe tomorrow... in the meantime I thought I'd leave y'all with a little taste of spring.
That first picture up there are the unfolding of the leaves on the fig tree. Isn't that so pretty with the light behind it? And it's actually got some fruit forming on it already.
The lantana is coming back.
So are the bugs. If this is a ladybug, this is a good bug. If it's just a beetle posing as a ladybug, not so good. I'm not really sure what it is!
The lilies are beginning to peek out.
The hydrangeas are budding.
And the hibiscus.
And the baby azaleas.
The ferns on the east side of the house not only survived the winter freezes, but have substantially multiplied! This is an area that I can't seem to get anything to grow - not shade, not sun, so I'm happy to see that the few ferns I transplanted over here seem to like it here.
The bridal wreath is blooming.
And the squirrels have been busy.
I spotted this fellow up in the tree yesterday. More on this later.
The doves have been around all winter, but this woodpecker is new!
I'm not sure about this bug, but I have a feeling he is a "bad" bug.
And I've seen quite a few of my garden buddy lizards.