May 30, 2010

Relaxing on a Sunday.....

Today I have spent the ENTIRE day on the back porch sore and stiff.  Reading.  Blogging.  Playing on my phone.  Basically doing absolutely nothing (with a little bit of laundry and cleaning bathrooms thrown in - cause a mother's work is never done - but basically doing nothing).  I have deserved it.

After two grueling days. Although, in all fairness - I did enjoy them.  Once it was all said and done and I was able to enjoy today.

Big Brother, I mean, The company I work for, is kind enough to give us both Friday and Monday off for Memorial Day. Yay! They rock.  Sometimes

As you know, I'm in the process of re-doing my front flower bed. So Friday, I took myself off to the local home improvement store in search of plants. Where I was immediately watered.

Yes. You read that correctly. I was WATERED!.

Apparently, I'm too short to be seen on the other side of the plants...... *sigh* This is the story of my life. 

Although drenched, my mission for the day was accomplished. I came home and began to plant. Easy-peasy.

Should have been in and out of the garden in about an hour as I only had four plants to put in. But then I noticed all the grass that had somehow creeped into the beds. It's ridiculous really. The damn grass won't grow in the yard - WHERE IT BELONGS - but is perfectly content to grow in my beds. Needless to say, I spent the rest of Friday digging the grass out, all while explaining to it where it needed to grow.  Somehow, I don't think it got the message....

Saturday dawned and found me in another bed, pulling out weeds. All damn day. At this point, I am ready to rip out everything and just pour concrete. I'm beginning to think yards and beds are over-rated.

But everything does look much better now, if I do say so myself.

Hubby and Man-Child even got in on the action Saturday.

Man-Child voluntarily taking out the GIANT weeds in this poor neglected section of the yard.  What a great kid - I think I'll keep him - for now.

Hubby also got in on the action by starting his own project:

He impulsively decided to dig out around all the utilities and put rocks in - in order to keep from having to continually weed around them.

The almost finished project.  Need to add some lattice and some plants and get the damn grass to grow and then it's all done. (sigh...another bed to deal with)

After it was all done, I took a stroll around the yard to see how some of the plants were doing.  And this is what I saw....

The hydrangea is doing beautifully!  I'm excited about it, I've never had luck with them before.  Although, this one seems to be coming in was definitely pink when I bought it last year.....I guess it has decided to side with the guys and leave me the only female in the house.....

The Asiatic lilies are blooming!  I love these!

Although the coreopsis is crowding the lilies - so one or the other will have to move next year.

The Chinese privet is making a come-back y'all!!!  Can you see the new buds?  Yeah, still no mulch.  Nowhere near done in this bed yet....

The front bed is still a work in progress but I wanted to show y'all this....

See the hoses & sprinklers?  (Yes you can only see them because there isn't any mulch - because this bed isn't finished many projects, so little time & money to complete them all....) 

Best invention ever!  Too tired/lazy to go water your plants?  To cheap to put in a real sprinkler system?  This is the way to go.  Turn on the spigot and walk away.  Even better?  Put a timer on the spigot and it's all automatic.  And no, I was not paid or in any way compensated for this - I found this product on my own last year and love it!  So much so that I dug a trench from where I'm standing in the following photo all the way down to the bed.....

put a pvc pipe down and fed the hose through it - to have one of these systems down there.  THAT my friends, is the epitome of lazy.  Yes, it took forever, but soooo worth it! (Also, ignore the bald spots - I've talked to the grass - maybe it'll listen and start to grow.....)

My husband called me crazy....I called it genius!  Two days of slave labor to ensure that I never have to stand over that bed with a hose again......

Now, if I can just figure out how to dig a trench under the sidewalk to reach a couple other beds......

Sorry folks.  This is all I've got this weekend.  Plants or nothing.  And since I know how much you all love to hear from me (quit snickering!)....this is what you get.

Also?  Do you know how long it's taken me to craft this relatively-simple post?  HOURS!  Mainly because Man-Child is harassing me.  So "you're welcome!" because a lesser woman would have given up and just gone to take a hot bath long before now!


  1. Lovely pictures...beautiful flowers X

  2. I hate to work in the yard but when I do I am usually the weed puller! Love your pictures!!


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