Especially during iris season, the garden is where we live. After bloom, weed & dig plants--move them around & discard those we didn't do during bloom season. More difficult to discard after bloom. Most of the time some daylilies give us color after iris are finished.. Late bloom on those this yr.
People know if I don't answer the phone that is where I'm at. My close friends and family automatically walk around the back when they come because I'm not answering their knock or bell I'm out back in my own private heaven.
Current project(s) - clean up the back yard from previous woodchip pathway (read - the whole backyard), and plant grass around the bushes and perennials (Waterton mock orange, saskatoon bush, and bleeding heart, plus the carrigana bush that's really tree-size). Nothing has been grown there for a very long time, until I started with the small bushes, etc. The Carrigana is the only thing that's survived the onslaught of the previous owners! They used to use the backyard as a bonfire pit - I found all sorts of things they'd burned - disposable razors, tin foil, chicken bones... quite a cleanup from that!
I have a potting table that I'm expanding on (when I have time!!).
The back is a peaceful, area I'm hoping to make a "get-away" area that's "my secret garden".
I also have my little side garden that's sweet and a nice little area to walk by.
My front garden is what I'm working on, constantly lol
Although all of them are small, they're pieces of "art" that I find a great deal of pleasure in, and want to spend all the "leisure" time I can in them. They're my quality-time/rejuvenation places. Without green spaces, I wither...
I used to work many more hours in the garden, but now it's mostly maintenance and an occasional new bed to dig and plant. After putting in so much time I just love seeing the results every year. We live in a sort of depressed area, so flower gardens are a great uplifter!
I voted for the last choice because living this far south, one can spend many hours year round outdoors in the garden. Something always seems to need tending, even in winter months. I'm just thankful to have maybe 90 days of the year when I don't have to mow the lawn!
This Senna was blooming last year, mid to late November ...
During growing season the big thing in the middle of the garden exists for the coffee machine, the shower and the bed. I live in the garden. Too bad my DH won't let me bulldoze down the big thing in the middle of the garden, well at least half of it could go methinks.
From April through November, i live in my garden, and my house is only for sleeping or as a cover from rain or storms. I figure my house gets enough attention during the other 5 months. It isn't that I am 'working' all those days in the garden, there is just no other place I want to be.
I learned to run the John Deere today! This is the first time I mowed the yard with it, and it was fun to see the garden from another perspective. Usually I only see it from the front or side, not from the property line in back. The red Jacob Klines and yellow black eyed susans with the purple salvia (colors I never thought I'd use together) looked like every butterfly's dream.
my favorite time is about 6:30am when it's quiet and cool and I'm the only one awake. I like to take my coffee outside to see what's blooming, what needs watering and tlc. It's usually an opportune time to take pictures while the wind is calm and the light is subdued.
Happily, both DH and I get to spend a lot of time in the gardens these days... can't think of a better 'job' than keeping the gardens and yard beautiful! Hayu, I can relate, broke my foot a couple of weeks ago, but I'm just starting to get back around on my "walking" boot. Heal fast!
Like podster, I need to work to support my "habit", but if I didn't I'd spend all day every day out there. Not always working, sometimes I like to just walk around and say hello to the plants and the butterflies and the bees and the lizards.
In summer my schedule is work, garden and sleep and catch a bite when I have a minute, that's about all there is time for. I spend as much time as I can in the garden and I love it. If I'm not planting I am harvesting I am watering or tidying up the stuff that is blooming all the time. Seems a never ending absolutely the best time that can be spent on a hobby.
But I must say the end of summer and fall are the busiest times of the year for me, right now the biggest thing is watering since we have had almost no rain in months.
I even have my 2 year old grandson helping he feeds the fish and helps me hold the waterhose, that is just priceless and I hope I am cultivating another gardener here... I thought I had a photo of him planting but I can't find it now but anyway...
The photo is one of our Garden dishes he and I planted in the spring. We also do some mud work but he can get messy, imagin that...lol
I don't have to spend a lot of time in my garden right now as they are so full I don't have many weeds there LOL I spend a lot of time wandering around and just looking at the results of the hard work.
I'm so glad you did this survey because my 16 y.o. keeps complaining that I spend too much time in the garden. And I checked the "much more than 7 hours" box, which was the most numerous answer! So, I'm just a typical gardener. I tell him "it's cheaper than therapy", which I would need if I couldn't have the pleasure of gardening.
As I always say, "The worst day in my garden is still better than the best day in my house"
I voted for 7 per week, but I don't really know. I do know I spend as many hours as I can squeeze out in my garden. This summer has brought lots of non-garden work my way, but I would guess I still spend at least 7 hours per week in the garden. The real answer, is every minute I can get.
My husband bought me a couple big halogen lights so I can work in the garden at night during the summer. My neighbors think I'm crazy, and they are probably right, but it sure beats reruns and cleaning the kitchen...grin
My DH and I start the day with coffee in the lawn swing. We discuss what we are going to do for the day. We do a few light chores like watering etc. then we go in around 7:30 or so to eat breakfast. We take another cup of coffee and head out to the garden. We harvest that which is ready and water or remove dead plants or weeds. Then we sit in the lawn swing with ice water.
We may build another bed or weed eat or water, but it is outside for sure. Around 11:30 we go in for lunch. We rest in the recliners (sometimes we nap, hey we are in our 60's! LOL).
After we have rested out we go again. Now sometimes we rest longer than other times. We go out to the shade shed and putter with plants or whatever the heat will allow us to do.
Then we go in for a while and watch the wheel while we eat dinner. After the wheel it is out again.
The heat has demanded we put in a full day everyday just to keep things alive. I am trying to get enough plants propagated to start doing some wholesaling. I got my license and state inspection along with retail tax certificate. That is just the beginning.
This is only my second time on the sight. My garden is small,but loaded with unusual plants. My Iris bed is just finishing blooming.
I also have two small fountains to draw the birds. Tthe garden is also planted especially for butterflies. I moved just four years ago now.At my other house people would stop to watch the butterflies.
Sometims I'd have fifty or more at one time. Amazing to see.
If it weren't for work, I'd spend every day, all day in the garden. But for now I have to limit myself to evenings and weekends, every spare moment possible. DH has gotten used to not eating dinner until 9pm in the summer! I wish I had more time in the garden and less time at work, but then I remember that it's the paycheck that allows me to cater to the gardening obsession! I save all winter long and go crazy each spring!
With a full time job and all the volunteer activities I'm involved in its hard to find time during the week, and so I must cram my time in during the weekend. This year I hired a master gardener advertising her services on craigslist. Its been wonderful. I get to spend more time planning, enjoying, and enjoying the garden -- and less time pulling weeds and killing pests. My DH says she is the best present I ever bought him.
I saw an AMAZING documentary on PBS about the monarchs. There is no word for their lifecycles, and the paths they go through in just one year. AMAZING. I'm not in the flight path either, but I'll take the strays, :D
Be careful debilu! That's how it starts, and suddenly, you find yourself making emergency runs to nurseries for more organic milkweed, and bringing the caterpillars into the house every time inclement weather threatens.
I am a retired person and I have let my garden become my OTHER JOB putting in over 30 hours a week. I do not qualify for any amenities that 30+ hourly employees get from a regular job but I sure do eat well. :)
That's why I live in Louisiana, so I can spend most of my time in the gardens. There are very few times in a week that I can't be doing something outside. And I've gotten used to the heat. You just learn to go outside at 5:30am and work until around 8, and then go inside and do the inside stuff. You can go back outside around 7pm, and work until it's too dark to see. I get most of my quilting done in the summer months.
On the days I don't have "real" work, i.e., the paying kind, I start before breakfast to see what needs to be done before it gets really hot, come in and make breakfast, then it's back out until lunch. There is always so much to do! On the days I do have to leave my garden and work for a living, I usually come home, make dinner, often visiting the garden to harvest something fresh for salad or side dish, and then after dinner take care of all the other labors of love. I love the weekends I have my little gardener in training, she truly LOVES flowers and pitches a fit if Daddy tries to take her home without a flower in her hand. This past weekend she helped me pick tomatoes, and decided her little plastic wagon was a better idea than my bucket! So smart. Why didn't I think of that.
I dread winter. The only thing that keeps me sane is gardening catalogues and preparing beds for spring. And Dave's, of course!
Guardians, Your G.I.T. is adorable, and quite the tomato picker. Keep up the good work.
You should move to florida if you want to garden all year round. The only drawback is there is no preplanning time, when the spring planted plants are done, you are taking them out and planting the winter garden in the heat of summer. But it is worth it to have fresh vegies in the winter.. :D
We seriously considered making a move after my son graduate from UGA, so my DH could be close to his brother, but then said brother decided to buy a retirement home in, of all places, Georgia! And anyway, now that Miss Emily has come along, there is no way I'm leaving unless she and her mommy & daddy come, too. She got to see the Hibiscus bloom this weekend, and it's her favorite color. Pink!!
I live and breathe for garden time. every waking moment whether at work, at friends or on a date with my DH, I am always thinking of my garden and looking for things to do in other peoples' gardens if I am there.. I am just plain hopeless.. everyone tires of my talk of what is blooming or what is up .. no one really cares, except me.. but that is okay..if anyone wants to talk to me, they have to go outside and find me..
with the projects im going through right now, im spending 5 hours in the garden a day. before i got layed off from the nursery, i neglected the garden for months, but now that i have my summer free, i can finnaly spend time in my own garden. the newest project is removing the old, and ugly mature burning bushes from the front yard, and replacing them with rhododendrons. the burning bushes never preformed well in the fall because of the northern exposure... and we are spring people, not fall people... so naturally, planting azales, rhododendons and piris japonica shrubs would just not fit in with the burning bushes that only look great in the fall. now im rambeling... lol. we are planning on selling our house in the spring, so we want lots of flowering and evergrees shrubs, bulbs, and trees ect. ill post a pic if i get the project done in time. and i will deff. post one this spring, with the bulbs and crab apple, and the rhododendrons blooming. alsooooooo, the reason for planting evergreens is simple... its ohio, its grey for six months out of the year, and having an extreme case of seasonal affective dissorder, anything green to look at outside is a blessing. i threw a party when i saw the first helleborus bloom late last winter:) i am also planning on naturalizing snow crocus into the yard for next spring too:)
Between weeding, deadheading, watering & overall general maintance we spend more than 7 hours per week in the gardens. Of course, in the spring with digging new beds, mulching, planting, etc., it is substancially more than that.
Just watering and trying to keep everything alive is proving to be a very time consuming job right now. I drag about 400 ft of waterhose all over the place every couple of days. Needless to say I do it all to myself. I think that some kind of flowerbed or garden would look wonderful in the darndest places. All I can say is what was I thinking?
I have 6 boxes full of irises (several hundred) that need to be planted this weekend. A huge box with over 300 daylily seedlings I got in the mail earlier this week, and yes, they still need to be planted. I also have over 1,000 daylily seedlings of my own that I have just got to get in the ground too. Now mind you, this is just a few of the things needing my attention in the garden in the next few days. The crazy thing is...I do this all to myself. Did I mention the heat here is over 100 degrees? Too hot for an old lady to be out working like someone who's getting paid to do so.
I've had more than a handful of people on this site ask me if I have a nursery or garden center. LOL The answer is no, everything I grow is for my own enjoyment. When working in the heat, planting, weeding, watering, mowing, and so forth, I try to figure out where that enjoyment all went.
I think it's a sickness that many others on here suffer with. I'm still looking for a cure.
The Old Lady That Live in the Gardens!
Gardening is so much a part of my life, I decided to pursue a job as a gardener. Lucky me, I got one. Now I have gardens at work and at home. I've turned otherwise boring parking lot islands into year-round blooming bits of heaven. Living in 10b makes it easy. I don't discount that.
all i want to do is garden during my free time. when hubby can hold the baby im out usually in the side yard, we call it the secret garden. its small but packed. i think of my plants as i fall asleep at night. with two small children, it's where my mind goes when i have a moment to think for myself, it is wonderful.
If I could I would be in my garden for ages!! I LOVE gardening, but here in Texas the heatwaves can start as early as Easter (April).. so I am limited to mornings or late evenings.. it gets even less as summer comes as it gets really hot by 10am..or sooner!!!
I agree with RJ and 1lisac. Someone asked the other day if they could bring someone by and show them my garden. I told them no problem, I would give a garden tour anytime; but the house...they need to call ahead!
I spend a lot of time in my garden each day...not always working. It has gotten to the point I have more time to enjoy it now, except for the blistering TX heat!!
After I get home from work, and on the weekends, I spend most of my free time in my garden. I have a container garden around the perimeter of my patio. There is always something needing to be done, such as watering, deadheading, repotting, or fertilizing. I have about 75 pots so I spend quite a bit of time hand-watering each and every pot, which takes me about 30 minutes every morning, and some need watering again when I get home from work because of the heat here in the Sacramento Valley. DH and I spend most of our evenings sitting out on the patio enjoying the beauty of the flowers and shrubs, and also watching the goldfinches enjoying the bird feeders and small fountains. Today, I spent the morning deadheading everything, and cutting back my petunias, hoping that I will have another flush of blooms in a couple of weeks. Below is a picture of a portion of my container garden.
Early next spring, we will be spending even more time in the garden, as we are going to put raised beds in our front yard, so that I can have a veggie garden and a cutting garden. We will enlist the help of our son, and no doubt, I will be spending time on DG asking questions, as this will be a first for me.
I don't remember what I voted, but I've spent about 10 hours in the garden in the last two days. But it poured rain the two days before that and I'm on a garden tour in less than a week. I definitely garden in fits and starts and as needed and as the weather permits (though earlier this week I WAS out in the rain until i got soaked through). Once the mulch I ordered which sat in the rain for two days is completely spread, I intend to sit back and enjoy the garden and work only a few hours a week.
Whooo hooo according to googlemapguy it's a mere 14 hour hop to San Jose from Calgary. From San Jose to Tilaran a nice drive with a stop at the Las Pumas Cat Zoo. How is this part? "From Cañas, it is a 14 mile (22 km) trek to Tilarán up the bumpy road" Jeep needed??? What an incredible area you live in ToucanOasis!!!!!