|Even Vera the Mouse knows how fun it is|
to get her hands dirty and plant a garden.
The journey started Thursday morning as mentioned above. Hubbies day off. We as is our habit, went out to eat, this go around was Denny's ... those that follow my facebook fan page know I was craving biscuits and gravy, lucky me, I got it. Then it was time to head to Home Depot. The project for the day, get started on the new flower bed. I was very excited. The section that we were to work on had been a thorn in my side since we started sprucing up the front of Muse Cottage. It was a mix of dry, cracked soil, roots sticking up, weeds and mini patches of grass. All was left overs from when our drive was put in. Hubby said that before he possibly has to get started on an apartment build in our garage for our daughter, he would devote his days off to putting this bed in for me.
|First stop when at Home Depot... The Lavender Plants...|
I bought two types of Spanish Lavender, as well as a Spiked
|The haul for the day... Sunsprite yellow|
roses, Pink Lemonade Honeysuckle, Star Jasmine,
Confederate Jasmine, Sweet Broom, Lavenders,
|The area to be worked on... not real pretty as seen|
from the street, or our front porch/ window.
|Hubby had me map it out, so yellow yard paint in hand,|
I did just that. I wanted to keep small patches of
what was actual grass, and have areas for paths.
|80% there, and plants and what stepping stones we had,|
were laid out to get a feel for what we had, and what we needed.
|Cheers! to what we accomplished.|
|The next morning I was up bright and early planting all the|
lovely posies to see what else I needed to fill in blanks.
|Could not plant these until hubby finished|
clearing out the bed of all the grass and
|Would seem that many had the same idea.|
|Having actually forgotten to eat, I was quite glad to see|
this little hot dog stand.
|YUM! Ketchup and BBQ sauce!|
|Let's go in!|
|So this is where our neighbors have bought their yard art!|
|Piggies! One day I just may have to get a purple|
pig.... I am kidding.. it would have to be the rooster!
|I found a really nifty daisy plant that has the colors of the Sunrise, and|
no dead heading needed. Pink Geraniums also found their way into
my cart. I had to stop there as I ran out of money.
|Gnomes! All sizes and types!|
|Beautiful house plants, lush, green and very tropical feeling.|
They even had the sounds of bird song playing in the
background. I almost did not wish to leave.
|Along with the lushness from the house plants and the sounds of|
birds, you could hear water flowing and bubbling...this was why!
A full size fountain with a waterfall and pond!
|This may have to come home with me one day!|
|As I was walking through the store, I could smell|
yummy buttery pop corn on the air.... I had to have some.
Sodium and Salt be damned that day!
|Back out in the car, I added in my new plants from ACE with the ones I had bought|
earlier at Home Depot. Back to the cottage to get to work!
|More plants laid out and ready to plant, but it would have to wait for|
another day...I was tuckered out and I already had three
So the second day of gardening was full of new places to frequent, new posies, some popcorn and even a piggy or two. There was still another day to come of hard work and playing in the dirt. Yesterday, another day off, so to say, for hubby, we headed out for breakfast, this time to a doughnut shop for breakfast sandwiches and coffee, and to plan out the day... then of course back to Home Depot...we are there a lot! We needed mulch, more stepping stones, a new hose, for a future project, we needed grass seed and feed.... yep, we spend a lot of time and money at the hardware store. Once back home, we got right to work. Hubby digging, myself raking the dirt and clearing out the clumps of weeds, roots and grass, just as before, and many hours later ( with an ice cream break in between... a Sunday tradition when working hard in the yard) , we had managed to get the rest of the bed planted, the paths finished, and even put a stretch of picket fencing in. It was a lot of work, but it was very worth it, and as the clouds started to move in, and the wind picked up, we finished just before the mosquitoes came out and were quite pleased with the new flower bed at Muse cottage.
*Please ignore the SUV..... one day I will have a photo of the front that does not include it.
|Like many new flower beds, it looks sparse.... but I am hopeful as it fills in, it will be quite lovely.....|
|This is how my garden grows .... |
Stay Tuned ....
I am hopeful that very soon, we will have clear skies again, and I can get some bright and sunny
photos... ones that show off the colors better. I am not the greatest photographer , just a lady very proud of her little posie patches and her Muse Cottage and wishing to share with those that care