I'm obsessed right now with planning our veggie gardens and with our hardscape landscaping. My husband has no idea the amount of manual labor I've got planned for him or he'd be heading for a perpetual cold climate in which none of my plans would be possible.
I've got trellis picked out.
I've got four new beds to be put in, including digging out the sod and mixing in compost, planting and then mulching.
I've got 10 THOUSAND dollars worth of plans in place and no idea if our budget will allow for that. OK, if I am being serious I know our budget will not allow for that but I'm dreaming.
Who wouldn't want these beauties lighting up the winter landscape? I'm a little crazed for shrubbery that has the decency to have the woody portions turn a brilliant scarlet after the last leaves drop in defeat. I've got a Nashiki Willow planted already but I really want a row of Red Twig Dogwood.
I'm planning for spring for the floral beauty of the garden:
Lady Elizabeth Daylilies
Seven Seas Daylilies
Collonade Spire Apple
Pinky Winky Hydrangea
My Monet Weigela
Snow Storm Spirea
Show Off Forsythia
Easy Wave Red Improved Petunia
Fiesta Coral Bell Double Impatiens
Oso Easy Mango Salsa Roses
Like Jess, I have a pile of books ready for the new year. I'll probably read a couple of them simultaneously, as is often my wont. I'm a big fan of history, biography, and nonfiction, but do like a novel now and then. Here are the books I will read early in 2011 in no particular order:
I'm a fan of Barbara Kingsolver, so I'm eager to read this one. I bought this autographed copy at Kingsolver's restaurant in Meadowview, Virginia.
I've read another book by this author and hold out great hopes for this one. I received this book at a Christmas gift.
I love Bill Bryson! He is one of my all-time favorite authors. I once wrote him a letter, and surprisingly, he wrote me back! His books are so funny while also most informative. I've already begun reading this one.
I'm working on a huge family project, archiving all of the photographs, letters, ephemera, and objects handed down through the generations. This book will guide my work. I know the project will take at least a year. I've ordered all of the archiving supplies I'll need. Now I must begin to sort through the boxes and boxes of artifacts.
This book holds particular interest for me as I grew up in a sundown town. It shocking how we oppressed African-Americans in this country. Shame on us.