I have had a request from a reader to explain what a berm is. Webster’s Universal College Dictionary gives this: 1. a level strip of ground at the summit or sides, or along the base, of a slope. 2. a nearly flat back portion of a beach formed of material deposited by the action of waves. 3. the shoulder of a road. 4. a mound of snow or dirt.
My berm is closest to #4. It started with three very tall trees similar to these.
Very tall as you can see.
The trees I’m talking about were showing a tendency to lean towards my home. After several very windy storms my husband had them cut down and the roots were ground. This resulted in a mound of dirt and wood chips. It was decided we would mound up that area adding a lot of black dirt over it. This was the beginning of my berm. With the help of my daughter-in-law, Debra, over the years it was transformed into a flower garden. Every year she comes up to clear away the weeds and grass and to plant Cosmos and Snapdragons. She has added rocks and and bits of wood to decorate the area. She also added a black border to contain the dirt.
This berm is now 275 inches long and 77 inches at it’s widest area. The shape is like an oval.
I added the yard lights. not any new plants. but there are some from last year.
I hope this helps to answer the question.
Now on to how the Spring Flowers are doing.
I haven’t gotten the areas raked out yet because I was waiting for the tractor and yard trailer to be able to haul the debris out to the burn pile. The tractor went in to have the mower deck put on it Wednesday. It will be ready soon.
Yep it is rhubarb.
I don’t know how much of it I will get to harvest but it is great to see it back in one of the gardens again.
My time reading has accomplished the completion of the double issue of the Ellery Queen magazine for March, Laura Kasischke’s Boy Heaven, and a book of her poems. I’m now reading Neil Gaiman’s Trigger Warning a collection of short stories. I also have the Reader’s Digest (large print) magazine for May on the kitchen table for more reading at the same time.
I want to say a special hello to Zilch, a friend from overseas. It was great to hear from him.
The weather Is lovely and I’m so happy to see Spring finally here. I hope you are taking some time out side to enjoy it.