Freeform Katia

March 31, 2008

playing in the dirt

Filed under: garden, house — Tags: , , , , , , , — freeformkatia @ 11:45 am

One of the things I love about spring is that I can once again get out into my garden and play in the dirt. I was trying to explain this to Maja as we were planting pansies on Saturday afternoon — I was instructing her on how to dig a hole for the pansy and then to smush the dirt back around it. Maja refused to join in and just sat on the edge of the garden refusing to get dirty. She has much to learn.

The beginning of May will mark 8 years that I’ve been in Philadelphia. This summer will be the second year where I will have a backyard that I can spend time in — the first summer I could spend time in a backyard was at our old house. Anyway, I’m looking forward to it.

As a reminder, here are some shots of our backyard when we first moved in and of our re-do in progress from last fall:

backyard 2006 & 2007

On Saturday afternoon we headed up to our favourite gardening store, Primex. I was in search of a forsythia shrub and a miniature flowering weeping cherry tree. And to my utter delight we were able to get both!

Richard and Maja planted the tree together on Sunday morning.

tree planting

The tree is a Snow Fountain Weeping Cherry. It will eventually look like this, growing to a height of 8-10 ft. (it’s probably around 6ft. right now). We chose this tree because we wanted something small that was visually interesting. This tree (providing it thrives) will give us white blossoms in the spring, green leaves in the summer, and orange leaves in the fall. You can also see our new Forsythia Lynwood Gold in the top photo. I don’t intend to let the forsythia get too bushy, I want height instead of width. The tree, too, will require some strategic pruning so that the weeping branches don’t overtake my wee garden.

Now we just need a new fence.



  1. I love that weeping flowering cherry! Now even I am beginning to get excited about spring – however, first a bit more skiing.
    Your backyard will be a beautiful little oasis all can enjoy. Well done.

    Comment by Mom — March 31, 2008 @ 3:14 pm

  2. Love your tree! (Our trees are not “wee”: cedar, douglas fir, gum tree, maple, but hey, it’s Oregon). The other day James got in the car and said “it smells like bark chips!” There were bags of mulch in the back– and I don’t think I even mentioned it to him. Gardener’s nose? However, all he wants to do is ride his trike through the flower beds.

    Comment by Lynette — March 31, 2008 @ 4:53 pm

  3. Katia, it is always a joy for me to read your blog, to see your pictures! It is wonderful to share your life with your parents and your friends. Thank goodness for the internet!
    Sometimes, though, it puzzles me that there are so few comments!
    Well, we here in Northern Ontario are jealous of your spring weather! If I would know how to insert a picture into my reply I would share winter pictures with you.
    Happy Fools Day!

    Comment by Dad — April 1, 2008 @ 9:07 am

  4. If you come and do my garden I’ll get Darcy to come out and build your fence!

    Comment by Kir — April 1, 2008 @ 7:37 pm

  5. I planted a snow fountain weeping cherry tree this spring too. It’s not doing very well and didn’t really leaf out. Did yours? Mine hardly has any leaves on it. I’m not sure if it’s dying or if it went into shock and is sulking this year.

    Comment by Janice — July 6, 2008 @ 8:45 pm

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