Digging More Holes

Somehow it got to be the middle of January without my really noticing it, and so this morning I got a note from the friendly folks at Trees of Antiquity telling me that my new apple trees are on the way. Which, of course, meant I had to panic and run outside to dig a hole.

Actually, before I could dig a hole I had to prune and dig up the Mme. Alfred Carriere rose that I just sort of jammed in the ground two years ago when David Austin mysteriously sent me twice as many roses as ordered. Which is, this rose:

Before pruning and rose moving

The ground is nice and soft right now because of our heavy rainfall. It's not so easy to dig right after a rain, being sand and all, but a couple of days later it's soft and light and a real joy to work with. I really don't miss digging in Berkeley clay at all.

So I pruned the heck out of the rose, then went a little mad and ran around lopping large branches off various fruit trees (it was time for it, anyway), but eventually got round to removing the rose and digging most of my hole. With Rosie, because apparently nice freshly dug dirt is a prime napping spot.

Dog in the dirt

The rose will go along the back fence, once the back fence gets built. Until then it will sort of perch in this wooden planter, feeling unloved. This is definitely not a container-sized rose, so it must be in the ground soon.

Mme Alfred in a container

And now, because I know how January feels in places where there's actual snow, I give you "spring" in the garden: the first crocus.


And of course the salvias are going like they never heard of weather. This is Salvia spathacea, "Hummingbird Sage," blooming near the older apple trees. I got this as a division from some friends in the North Bay.

Salvia spathacea

And finally, hanging out with me and checking out the pile of prunings from the rose was this little bee, who looks to be from our local feral bee hive. It was about 60F outside, so warm enough for bees to fly around, if not for them to have a lot of work to do.

Honey bee on a rose

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posted by ayse on 01/14/08