Although we took yesterday off work day two on the flower beds was productive. It may not look as though we got a lot done in the pictures but, trust me, we worked!
Work Day Two on the Flower Beds
After the storm we had on day one I was hoping for better weather. Boy, did I get it!
Those big, puffy clouds and deep blue sky really got me going to get out and work! And the temperature was fabulous! It was in the mid-70’s and sunny. But there was a nice breeze to keep me from getting too hot. Mr. C is always cold so the temperature and sunshine helped. He also wore a flannel shirt over a t-shirt.
I tried to set reasonable goals.
My goal for day two was to get most of the petunias and snapdragon planted on the hill. These were part of the wonderful flats of plants Eileen brought from the FFA greenhouse. I never bought annuals when I was able to purchase plants and flowers. But these babies will help fill in the blank spots until we get new, replacement perennials.
I also discovered I had an old, broken pot that had irises, still alive in it!
So I replanted them on the hill. If they could all be jammed in that little plastic pot I think they may survive being planted in the ground. Let us pray.
I did get a lot of the petunias planted…
…and all of the snapdragons.
I planted the petunias and snapdragons on the east side of the hill to appear to be kind of flowing down.
It turned out staying out of the way for work day two on the flower beds was important.
Mr. C wanted to use the weed whacker on the hill and that meant I couldn’t be there. It would have been really dangerous considering the likelihood that things would fly out in all directions. I took that time to go work a bit more on the west flower bed.
I was able to clear out the corner of the house where some Coral Bells had survived nicely. Along with the Coral Bells I discovered that my Autumn Joy Sedum, although shredded a bit was still there. There’s also another plant there and Eileen told me what it was (she’s an absolute whiz at identification) but I’ve already forgotten.
The weeds around the hostas I replanted are gone! The primroses were also victims of the weed whacker but all their important parts are alive so they’ll be back. And a small patch of what I believe Eileen identified as dead nettle is still there. Now that all the competition is gone I’m sure it will come back and spread nicely.
There will be a delay in getting perennials from Eileen.
I’ve been dying to announce this and I finally have permission to tell everyone! Our daughter, Jami and her fiancé, John are getting married in July! Wait! I’m not done! Our oldest son, Paul is engaged to Jen! They plan to get married next year. And…drum roll, please…Pete and Andi are getting married in June! My Pete who said he’d never get married finally realized that Andi is perfect for him!
Pete and Andi are going to get married at Eileen’s. She has an utterly gorgeous “yard” that is right next to a river and next to a park that no one realizes is a park. Her landscaping is, of course, amazing! So Eileen and I decided to wait until after the wedding to start raiding her perennial gardens. We want the place perfect for the kids.
But work will continue on the hill and the flower beds. There’s a heck of a lot to do just to get ready for the perennials. Today Pete is coming to help me mulch the hill and the parts of the flower beds Mr. C and I cleared. I still have a lot of clearing out to do in the west bed and all the east bed to do. Then we’ll have to mulch all of those areas. The timing for moving perennials is going to be perfect!
That was work day two on the flower beds. I’m barely hobbling and I need assistance walking anywhere be it my cane, Remy, or the walker but I’m delighted with the progress. The place is starting to look less like a haunted house and more like a home!
Chain gang image courtesy bluemaize.com