Today is just the 14th of May. I am often planting annuals much later than this. But with temps in the 90's yesterday and 80's today, even though dropping to the 70's for the rest of the week, I felt the conditions were just right. I wanted to wait until Alberto's crew came in and did the work I need done first. But my plans never work out so well. The city decided to close the road to my house for two days this week -- the same day(s) Alberta was supposed to be here. So I had to postpone the work. But with my large patio as a workspace, there was really no need to wait. And in two days I have planted 23 pots. Two rather large, and four quite small, and all the rest medium-ish. I found some good deals on plants, and I think I have spent now about $60 total on all those posts. A bargain.
I hope Alberto will be able to come tomorrow. The weeds are out of control and I've decided to have his guys do the weeding one more time for me so I'm not playing catch up all summer.
In addition, they will plant 4 or 5 new trees, put in sod in the backyard to replace the thyme checkerboard that died. Take out a dead tree and bush, do some general cleanup, and add new bark mulch to the perennial sections.
I still need to plant annuals in the flowers beds - six beds in all. I started some zinnias and Mexican sunflowers indoors from seed about six weeks ago. And they are coming along, though not quite ready to go in the ground. They are on the patio "hardening" right now and I hope to be able to plant them by the end of the month.
I also have quite a few perennials that have over reproduced in one place and need some thinning and moving around. It's so wonderful having free plants!
With any luck, I'll have all this done by the end of May -- just two weeks.. I try to spend an hour or two a day. What with tending grandkids every day, this can sometimes be a challenge. Plus my 18 year old granddaughter is coming to spend a week with me next week, although she is more help than she is work and will be good company. But that should be sufficient time for it.
Bonus pleasure is the spring migration is underway and every day brings beautiful birds and hummingbirds to the feeders.