|Ruffled white and lavender irises bloom|
1. I'm thankful for irises.
Monday afternoon, I went to the Red Cross to donate whole blood.
2. I'm thankful that something that is so easy for me to do is actually helpful for someone.
I might have mentally said, "Yeah, yeah," when the phlebotomist gave me the instructions about avoiding exercise for the rest of the day. I knew I had raspberries and strawberries arriving that afternoon that would need to get planted. As soon as I got home, I started digging holes. I must admit that, even though I only needed a hand trowel, digging 70 holes when down a pint of blood took more energy than I would have expected.
3. I'm thankful to have that project done!
|A newly planted tiny strawberry plant|
Earlier this spring, a master gardener had an online question and answer session on Facebook, then later a Zoom meeting about soil preparation. I was able to get a recommendation for a berry nursery that I hadn't ordered from before. It was a great recommendation! The berries from Nourse Farms did not disappoint. I was very impressed with their healthy, strong roots. Though the tops aren't much to look at right now, I fully expect the plants will establish themselves nicely.
4. I'm thankful for those who share knowledge.
Wednesday afternoon, another box of plants arrived on my porch, this time, 10 raspberry plants and 4 fruit trees from Raintree Nursery John had previously dug the holes for the trees, and the ten little holes I needed to dig for the raspberries took no time at all.
5. I'm thankful to have that project done!
|A row of raspberry plants growing in raised garden beds|
|A newly-planted peach tree waits to leaf out|
Anyone who has been around the Ten Things of Thankful blog hop for any length of time knows that we are a little lax about the number ten. Clark, one of the co-hosts, will tell you about a book of secret rules (or secret book of rules) that allows for the number of items to differ from ten. In order to lead by example, I will end this post without getting to ten. If I individually counted the planted fruit trees (4), raspberry plants (30), and strawberry plants (50)--not to mention the irises-- I'd surpass 10. I'm sure there's a rule in the book somewhere that allows for that!
However, I will count to 6, because I am also thankful (as I am each week), for John. He's an extraordinary digger-of-holes, builder-of-garden-boxes, installer-of-sprinklers, and mover-of-dirt. He definitely deserves a rest after all the work he has put into the yard this year!
What are you thankful for this week? You don't have to count to ten!
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