- I've been trying to earn some hours for my Master Gardener qualification; I need 40 this year and have worked nine of the sixteen I have accrued so far just in the past week.
- The last two Saturday mornings were spent working as a volunteer at local plant sales (and the Saturday before last we also went to the Pella, Iowa Tulip Festival in the afternoon).
- Plant shopping at local nurseries takes a fair amount of time at this time of year.
- And of course every May is the height of the gardening season, when I try to spend several hours each day working outside planting all the things I've bought -- if it isn't raining or nasty cold and windy (although it's been horrendously windy that past few days and I've still worked outside...).
Here are a few of the things I've been doing in my gardens:
It's hard to work outside in fierce winds for very long -- it really saps a person's strength. However, the wind is much better than the gnats that would be swarming if it were still, so I'm not really complaining... :-)
As usual for this time of year, my disused muscles are aching, but I'm happy to be able to improve my gardens a bit at a time. I'll follow this post with some pictures of the lovely flowers that are the result of my previous years' efforts.
Thanks for reading! -Beth