Friday, February 22, 2013

Spring Time Yard Maintenance

Dana and I have been doing a lot of maintenance to our frost damaged plants over the past couple of weeks.  In our front yard, we cut back most of our bushes.  It's quite shocking to see because there is hardly any green in our yard now... Just bare branches sticking out of the rock. It needed to be done, frost damage or not.  Some of our bushes were too large and, although they looked great and well maintained, the centers of the plants were dead and not getting any sunlight. So... There's nothing impressive to show (picture wise) of the front yard.  

In the backyard we finally purchased a citrus plant to replace the key lime tree that got hit by last winter's frost.  Apparently, key lime trees are the most difficult to maintain in the winter months and they are affected by the frost the easiest out of all of the lime tree varieties.  Lime trees in general are very sensitive to frost, but the Bearss lime is suppose to be one of the hardier varieties.  The Bearrs lime is larger than the key lime and it doesn't have any seeds.  So, here's our Bearss lime tree with buds already growing on it... yay!   

...and we have a lime from the last growing season.

Our graden is doing pretty good.  We planted everything from seed except for the peppermint and cilantro.  The only seeds that germinated where the sweet peas, chives and one volunteer cilantro from last season. So we currently have sweet peas, chives, cilantro and peppermint.  An odd garden mix ;o). This next growing season we plan to buy the plants and place them in the ground instead of planting seed.  I know... It's not as fun or rewarding, but this is Phoenix folks.  If we could combine Iowa's rich soil with the year round great weather, we would be an agricultural haven here in southern Arizona.

I had a lot of fun capturing images of our sweet peas with my camera ;o)

Pea Pods

 Lastly, we ripped out our bouganvillas, which I thought/hoped had died.  Upon removing the roots we realized that they are still alive and now they are sitting in pots of dirt waiting for a new home.  We replaced them with ocotillos which I am super excited about.  Ocotillos are native to this area and after the first year, we wont have to water them anymore.  They are maintenance free and don't require pruning which was the selling point for me.  When they bloom, they are beautiful.  I will be sure to show pictures when they are in bloom.

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