This past Thursday, we tackled our biggest project, yet: installing 239 new plants in a client's garden! I ordered the plants from Cavicchio's green house and they sent a truck over with tall crates that had to be brought down with a "piggy back": a mini lift machine that the driver brought with him. We got to work unloading all the plants and then eventually staging them in the beds according to the design, which was beautifully created by Brian Burke of Post-Wild Landscapes.
It was the biggest project I've managed so far and it was definitely a challenge for me. The first struggle was trying to figure out if we had even received all the plants that I ordered... and we found out that, in fact, many of the plants were missing! So as my crew worked to lay out all the plants in their proper garden beds, I was on the phone with the greenhouse trying to figure out what had happened. Turns out they didn't carry three of the plants I had originally asked for and two of the plants were just not ready to sell, yet. So we planted what we had and decided to just get more plants later.
My second challenge as manager was having a balance of giving direction to my crew and also trusting their capabilities. At the end of the day, everything got done so for a first big project, it was a major accomplishment! I am very happy and proud of the work we did that day.
It's hard to believe that I'm only in my second year of business. I feel like I've been a business-owner and gardener forever! Surely a good sign that I am on the right path.
Enjoy the series of photos I took from start to finish of the planting project.
"Winter always turns to spring." This simple, yet encouraging phrase, attributed to the Nichiren Buddhist, Daisaku Ikeda, repeated in my head over and over this past month. I began to wonder if winter really always DID turn to spring. And is it possible for spring to turn back into winter? In New England, this seems to be the case, much to my dismay. (Climate change, ahem). Just two months ago, in February, I was outside in beautiful, sunny 60-something degree weather. Fast forward to the second week of April, and it seems all of America is really really REALLY done with winter.
I'm not about the doom and gloom, though. I aim to focus on the positive, so let's switch gears here!
Yesterday was my first real day of gardening work this season! It was my first "spring clean-up," and my God was it a clean-up! I was hired by a client who was referred to me by another client (that happens to me a lot... a good sign) to get her yard looking perfect, as she is putting her house on the market to sell in two weeks. My co-worker and I sped around her garden beds, cutting back all the perennials and pulling all the weeds. The mulch guy, Anthony, dropped off 4 yards of lovely dark pine mulch for us to lay in the gardens. Thanks, Cambridge Bark and Loam! They are my go-to for bulk deliveries of compost and mulch. As a finishing touch, I popped some sweet little pansies into containers that hung on the backyard lattice fence.
It was a full day's work and we felt very accomplished. Check out some amazing before and after photos below! Click to enlarge for the full view!
Two weeks ago, I had the pleasure to explore the beautiful forests and beaches of Costa Rica with my friend, Briana. It was a much needed escape from the cold, dreary days of New England winter.
But vacations can't last forever and so I returned to Boston 10 days later, with a bit of a tan, only to be hit with a big, fat snowstorm the next day. Oh, I don't feel sorry for myself. I'm from the midwest... I know how to handle the winter. I remember the blizzard of 2012 in Boston quite fondly, watching the hilarious and brave souls cross-country skiing down the usually busy streets in Arlington. I enjoy the respite from the hard labor that I do in the gardens all year. I especially enjoy seeing the branches of trees all exposed in the middle of winter, after having shed all their leaves.
And winter is the best time to enjoy one of my favorite trees! The Witch Hazel actually blooms during this time! I was lucky enough to see one in full bloom last week in a client's garden. This is probably the only tree I know of that can bloom in the middle of winter that won't get me riled up about climate change.
Thank you, Witch Hazel, for your cheery and delicate yellow petals on a snowy winter day!