Monday, April 14, 2008

Oh the aches and pains of outrageous gardening...

So last fall I had all the grass removed in our upper front lawn. Our house sits up above the side walk, so we had these little bits of grass on either side of the front walk... which required the mower to lift the lawn mower up and over a short rock wall. This was not fun... nor easy for myself, since I'm 5'0" tall... very challenging. To fix this problem and to provide more planting space, the grass was removed. Since we had 3 days in row of sun forecasted starting last Friday, we ordered pea gravel and mulch and rented a rototiller Friday morning and set to work.

At the end of Day 1 and beginning of Day 2, we had the site leveled and the path edging put in:

The rest of Day 2 involved hauling and spreading the pea gravel. Two cubic yards of it!
Day 3 was consumed with the moving of rose plants and mulching, mulching, mulching. The neighbors have remarked that the mulch smells much like poo, to which we have replied that the smell will go away... over time.

We still have about 16 roses to move. The original rose bed is too shady and we get one good bloom of roses and then nothing but leggy plants for the rest of the year... which does not work for this rose loving lady. Now we can plant more small perennials and edging plants. But it is raining again and I am really, really sore and having seriously bad allergies after this grand event, so that will have to wait for a bit.
For now here are some gratuitous flower shots to show that spring has really finally arrived:


Ilena said...

Now that you are done there are you coming over here to finish mine! Lovley flowers! Ilena

3anklebiters said...

Thanks for sharing the flower shots. The rain droplets look so inviting. We have fantastic flowers in the spring, then too much dry heat through the summer.

Bec Thomas said...

I can't believe you have so many flowers blooming, I'm so jelous!

PĂ©itseoga said...

oh, what are those green flowers!? they are so cool!