As part of my Goals and Challenges for 2017 I wanted to get the flower beds back into shape. Sadly a lot of the perennials I had planted were mistakenly uprooted when Mr. Comfortable “weeded” for me a couple of years ago. Other plants just came to the end of their lives. Now it’s time for me to begin restoring my neglected flower beds. I hope you can use some of the tricks I’m using to help your flower gardens!
Restoring my neglected flowerbeds isn’t something I can do without help.
If you read my post about our financial situation you know that simply going out and buying new flowers and plants isn’t something I can do. I’m always on the lookout for cheap or free ways to get things done around the Coop.
Free is definitely in my price range!
Last year I wrote about ways to have a great garden for not a lot of money. The best way to save money is to get flowers and/or plants for free! My dear friend, Eileen, works with the local FFA and they have a greenhouse. Eileen called to ask if I’d be interested in getting some vegetable plants and also some annual flowers. Of course I said yes!
I’m going to get a few vegetable plants that are started but I already had most of what I’m planting in the ground. But restoring my neglected flowerbeds had the potential to be completely out of the question. I considered scattering wildflower seeds all over the hill near the end of the driveway. That was certainly something I could afford and it would help the looks of the hill. But having flowers already growing was something I dearly wanted. And, thanks to Eileen, I will have them!
But that means I need to get myself down to some serious work! Grass has grown all over the hill. Some perennials are still growing but they need to be cared for since I haven’t done a great job lately. And the flower beds along the front of the house need serious help.
Moss and weeds do not a flowerbed make!
The front of the house faces north so I’ve always had shade loving plants in the flowerbeds there. Now there’s mostly moss with a good sprinkling of weeds. I took a look at the beds recently and realized I can salvage some plants and divide some. The plants that Mr. C didn’t pull out could use some TLC and there are a lot of bare patches that need to be filled in.
There’s a very sad Astilbe in front of and to the left of that fern.
The Coral Bells on the left will need a lot of help. Those on the right are doing a bit better.
The daffodils needed to be divided two years ago!
All of the hosta plants will bounce back once they’ve been babied a bit!
The primrose and wormwood both survived in spite of serious neglect!
Restoring my neglected flowerbeds along the front of the house is going to take some bartering! I’m going to contact friends and family to see if they would like work done on their flower beds in exchange for splitting plants with me.
I’m also going to go on a long drive along our country roads to pick up some rocks I can use as borders. With luck I’ll find some interesting objects I can use to decorate the beds and fill in blank spots. You never know what someone throw out that may look fabulous surrounded by the right flowers and plants!
Restoring my neglected flower beds turned out to be dangerous!
While taking pictures for this post I stepped on the plastic edging for the front bed. It was hidden in the grass. I fell and, while that left me with sore muscles, the real damage was disguised for a couple of hours. My right foot has swollen and there’s a lovely shade of purple near the two smallest toes. It hurts to walk but I still have things to do in the vegetable garden today.
My right foot is now about twice the size of the left and is a lovely shade of purple!
But Pete made dinner on Monday and he came over last night, after my fall, to make dinner for us. Bless his pea pickin’ heart! He made amazing homemade Buffalo Chicken Pizzas. And today he’s coming to help me plant. I swear I don’t know what I’d do without him and Mr. C!
It came as a surprise to me that restoring my neglected flower beds would turn out to be dangerous! So be careful out there!