March 22, 2012

Building Bridges

Incredibly, summer has arrived in mid March in southern New England and I am disoriented in the 80 degree afternoons.  You have to understand what a bleak, cold, muddy season March normally is at this latitude and above.  This week of hot weather day after day is not only unseasonable, it's completely unreasonable.

I had plans, plans and more plans for what I needed to do in the cool weather before spring burst out.  Now I'm way behind and I haven't even started.

But here's one task that we did this week.  Jim assembled and installed the little arched footbridge over the dry creekbed.
The bright cedar color will fade to silvery gray and fit in nicely

We had to build the level of the ground ramping up to the bridge a bit, so there is black soil at both ends that looks mounded, but it's just the color contrast with the grass that makes it look hilled up.  It's actually flat and all will blend together when new grass is planted.

From a distance I like how it settles into its little swale.

I like it, even in its raw looking state before the grass fills in and before it fades to a softer color.

Now, on to other spring projects.  The cold weather will return.  There is still a lot of chilly April to get through, and even ten more days of March.  We can't keep breaking temperature records for all that time, can we?

 

21 comments:

  1. This weather is scary. Your new project looks great. I like seeing before photos. I will look forward to the after photos too.

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    1. Lisa, Thanks! The weather gets weirder and weirder all over, doesn't it?

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  2. Yes, we can . . . but I hope we don't keep breaking records, Laurrie, because the warmer it stays, the behinder we get. You seem to be doing quite well, though, moving plants and installing a terrific bridge.

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    1. Lee, Spring always seems to be the "behind" season, even when the weather is more seasonable. It's an annual complaint, but a delightful one to have.

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  3. That was a big surprise to learn that you're temps are as warm as ours right now! The little bridge looks great, Laurrie.

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    1. Cat, thanks. Cooler weather is coming, but what a strange start to March we have had.

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  4. We had snow in Portland. In March. Some years we don't ever get snow. I think we need your weather to get together with our weather and have a baby of normal temperatures.

    The dry creek bed and bridge look awesome--I can wait to see it with the tree leafed out.

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    1. Heather, I saw the snow in Portland, and thought, Portland Maine?? Oh my! If your weather and ours got together and had a baby it might actually be a freak. Scary thought.

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  5. You're getting the same kind of weather that we are! And it's kind of freaky to think of Redbuds blooming in IL (as Prairie Rose described) at the same time they are here. Our spring is ahead by 2-4 weeks. As far as being behind, you're not alone.

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    1. Sweetbay, I am hearing about freaky warm weather all over the country. Our native plants adapted through eons to handle all weather extremes, but as a new gardener, I'm not equipped for such inconsistency.

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  6. I love the bridge! I had visions of doing something similar, but never got around to it.

    We are getting the same strange weather in Michigan. I am still expecting to be hit with a big snow storm in April. I hope I am wrong. :)

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    1. Zoey, I hope you do get around to putting in a similar bridge. It's a kit, and it assembled easily, and for once in my life I measured first, and got the size that exactly fit the small span of creekbed. Who knew measuring first could be so helpful?

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  7. The bridge looks perfect!! I've heard the eastern states and provinces are unseasonably warm, just as it has been warmer than the norm here in Western Canada, though not anywhere near your highs! I wonder what summer will bring?

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    1. Shirley, Thanks! I shudder to think what summer could bring us after this crazy spring. Yikes.

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  8. Laurrie, I sincerely hope we don't have record breaking temperatures for much longer. As nice as it was this week, like you I appreciate a little cool weather in spring to do my chores. The temperatures this week were getting almost too hot to work in.

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  9. I entirely forgot to say how much I like your new bridge! the 'new' colour will fade quickly and it will blend right in with those rocks. Great job.

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    1. Marguerite, There is no substitute for a cool 50 (10 C.) degree day in early spring for heavy duty tasks in the garden. Too hot too soon makes it hard to get things done, and the plants are all popping out too early.

      Thanks for the compliment on the bridge. I do need it to fade a little though!

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  10. Hi Laurrie, The warm weather has me feeling a bit disoriented as well. The cool days of April as usually my favourite time to move plants.(There is no fear that they will parish in the heat.) Your bridge and dry creek bed are a nice addition to your garden. You have done a great job of mixing rocks of different sizes and shapes. The textural effect is really nice.

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    1. Jennifer, Thanks so much. I agree, there is a need for cool seasonal weather at this time of year to get our plants moved and divided. We're actually much cooler here today, so it feels a little more normal. Hope you are too!

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