Friday, June 21, 2019

Playing In The Dirt

This is what my car looked like as I readied it for my trip north. I am happy to report that all the plants arrived alive and now live in my daughter's yard in Minnesota. My trip was pretty uneventful. A little boring, making me want to nap. Having no one to talk to but myself I did just that when I wasn't singing with the radio or listening to a book.

After a good night's sleep with Max, the grand-dog at my side, I wondered out into the yard to investigate the existing landscaping. The previous owner had not installed the edging correctly. Instead of digging the trench and putting it into the ground to prevent the grass from creeping into garden beds, they had simply laid it flat on the ground and used some sort of a spoke to secure it to the ground, then poured rocks on top. 

This is the small garden I tackled first. It was overgrown with grass and weeds. Rhubarb is growing wild. I kept some of the rhubarb and pulled all the weeds. I planted some black-eyed susies and purple coneflowers.

 Then I had to figure out how to get the spokes out of the edging. Pliers didn't work. One person holding while the other pulled didn't work. I finally just put the pointed end on the concrete and pushed them out. Then we were able to reuse the edging. My daughter was all set to go purchase more. I suppose she forgets how thrifty her mom can be.

We made a trip to Home Depot and I mulched that garden the next morning.

Looks really good, even if I do say so myself! Can you see the beautiful peony that was hiding in the weeds? Bloomed before I left. Light pink. I have a dark pink that I will split next spring and take to her.

The next project involved moving rocks. I intended to move all those rocks. Until I started the task. I ended up moving just the ones in front and raking them all to the back. There was nothing there except the rock. Now there is daylilies and tiger lilies with some purple bearded iris in front of the lilies. And 9 bags of mulch.

I took this picture the morning I left. We created some pots of annuals for color and the lilies were all happy and blooming. The brick edging was on the part next to the sidewalk and we added it along the garden. Looks so pretty.

Next time I will tackle this one. Looks like the big bush is trying to eat the small bush! And that edging needs my help!

Hard work, but work that I really enjoy. Before I left, we added a humming bird feeder between the big rocks in the peony garden.

That was two days of my trip. Next came the graduation party …..


Val said...

People passing you on the highway probably thought you were delivering for a florist! Unless YOU were doing the passing, which would not affect their opinion of you as a florist's deliverer.

River said...

I always underestimate how much mulch I'll need, you've done a great job there so far, it's looking good.

Linda O'Connell said...

Glad you had a great time and satisfaction at a job well done. It looks gorgeous. Kathy's Beautification Projects should be a hand painted sign on a stake in the yard.

dkzody said...

Oh, Kathy, you are a god-send for your daughter's yard. Wish I had someone like you in my life.

sgsmith said...

It looks wonderful!

Joanne Noragon said...

This will just get better and better. Long trip between Missouri and Minnesota. What the heck; I'd do it, too.

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

When I read playing in dirt I thought of my grandson Leo whi loves playing dirt