"I'm in the garden ..."
n these pages, I will share with you dear reader, our gardening projects, all our trials, and triumphs. There is something grounding and serene about gardening. Sure, it involves a LOT of hard backbreaking work, but it is very satisfying to the soul when bud, blossom, and fruit appear to reward the sweat of your brow. I personally love flowers and roses are my favorite, not only do I love them for their intoxicating scent and beautiful form, but they are the only thing I cannot easily kill! I would say I have a khaki-green thumb; not quite a brown one. Why bother with a garden section then, right? Well, my husband Robert happens to have the green thumb on team Zubiate (he get's it from his mom); it's amazing - the man throws seeds on the ground and they grow, and I get to reap the benefits a beautiful yard. We work as a team, I mostly do the hard-scape, weeding, and clean up, since I have the patience for it. He plants, waters and mows, it works. He also inspires me to work on exchanging my khaki-green thumb for a green one! He told me if I kill something, no big deal, the garden center has a 1 year warranty on most plants, as long as you have your receipt - of course.
We are currently taking on our back yard, we hope to turn it into a cottage garden, since the front yards curb appeal is pretty much under control. We are also toying with the idea of raising chickens, my mom would be rolling her eyes and shaking her head in disbelief right about now, because she grew up on a farm and hated raising chickens! In the coming months I hope to share pictures of our progress. Looking into the backyard from my bedroom window I can see our apricot tree we planted as a seed from the old tree that came with the house years ago, oh joy - it's apricot season!
This is the ornamental plum tree we bought about 3 or 4 years ago. We put it in the back yard next to our neighbors garage. Then one day I realized what a bad spot we had put it in, it was much too close to the garage, so it had to be moved, but where? Robert and I decided to move it to the front yard, since our big tree near the street is long gone and the county is in no hurry to replace it with a new county tree since funds are not in the budget this year. We moved it this February  while it was still dormant, and this time I carefully picked out the spot. I chose a spot not too close to our home, and not too close to our neighbors driveway, and voila! Thankfully it survived and it appears to love it's new home, and it makes our home look nice too.
Our Back Yard as of 6/08/12
It doesn't look like much now, but I hope that within the coming months and most likely years, we will transform it into a lovely cottage garden! I regret that it has taken me about 14 years to actually get the urge to do something about this mess, but no sense wasting time mourning about the past, it's like they say, better late than never!