I’d love to say that I waited to post this until Earth Day (and really, that would have been well organized of me), but honestly I was just too exhausted. We spent the weekend Earth-Daying it up in our own yard — raking last fall’s leftovers, weeding, planting, and mulching.
Nellie and I were in charge of planting, and three trips to the garden center later, we’re extremely proud of our work.
Her little garden is now complete with rosemary, basil, cilantro, dill, mint, spinach, red leaf lettuce, and tomatoes:
We also picked up five strawberry plants and used an empty sun-filled bed for our own little strawberry patch:
In the shade between the main house and the guest house, Nellie and I added six azaleas and four plantain lily hostas:
And in the front bed, we planted six rose bushes, six midnight blue salvias, two hydrangeas, two corkscrew rush (aka Juncus ‘curly wurly’), and twelve dianthuses, which we hope will spread out and cover some of the unsightly hill:
We also picked up three semi-dwarf crepe myrtles to plant along our back fence, but Nellie and I were too tired to get the last three plants in.
G, who came with us on our Sunday trip to the garden center, discovered mulch on sale and — never one to do something halfway — purchased 48 bags of premium mulch. It all fit in the back of the truck — barely — with the last round of plants in the backseat next to Nell, and I am pleased to say that no matter what truck we drive, we always find a way to inch up to the top of its payscale.
As it turns out, 48 bags of mulch probably IS only halfway — we’ve still got the center shade bed, the strawberry patch, and some of the yet-to-be-touched back beds — but it was a monster job, nonetheless, for G, who hauled and spread all 48 bags yesterday while Nellie and I did our planting thing. This evening, the three of us traded cars after work and took the truck back for another 48 bags of mulch.
Ugh, I know.
So needless to say, we’re a little sore and a lot tired this week, but we’re looking forward to getting through this spring push — wrapping up the indoor projects and tackling the big outdoor projects — so that we can fully enjoy our summer.
And hopefully it will be blossomy and bountiful.