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Jul. 6th, 2005 @ 08:47 am What?
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I keep thinking about posting, but never really get around to it, so here is the randomness of my Sunday:

Hubby has scuba diving plans, and when he asked what I was planning, it popped into my head that I wanted to do some gardening. Headed out to a local garden centre, where they were trying to get rid of almost everything. Mulch and perennials were 1/2 price. I scooped up some perennials, basket stuffers, a dwarf alberta spruce, a yew (I thought the tag said it would grow to 12" turns out it's 12'(!) so I've got to find a new home for that), a rose bush, 210 liters of soil (dunno - that's how they sell it) and mulch.

Then home to figure out where to plant them. I decided on the front yard. Puppy killed several of my beds and 8 of my rosebushes last year, so I figured I'd move out of his play area rather than setting him up to destroy more plants.

I didn't think of pics until I was part way through, so here is a bit of progress (click on pics to see full size). The original bed stopped just inside the step and curved around the existing plants:

In the beginning

And here is the bed fully dug:
Almost there

I've moved most of the perennials into the bed, I have a delphinium that I want to add up close to the door. Then it's on to filler annuals and mulch.

Hubby and I will be replacing those awful patio stones this summer, and hopefully changing the steps a bit, I'd like them to be more curved, they are currently a 90 degree, made with patio stones again. I will then be able to continue the garden down beside the steps.

Other little project was to fill the bed on the rock wall. I bought 5 glazed pots, and added annuals to them. They are looking a bit straggly in these pics, as they just survived the transplant trauma:

Pots

I'll be filling the bed they are sitting in with pea stone. This will allow me to easily decorate this bed for the different seasons - tulips and daffodils in the spring, random plants in summer, mums in fall...You can get some idea of the ratty steps from this pic. Would like to change this to flagstone:

Random

Oh, and did I get a killer sunburn on my back! Well for me anyways. It's nicely tanned now. I actually thought I was mostly out of the sun, apparently not.
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From:piknik
Date:July 6th, 2005 02:02 pm (UTC)
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Nice!! I so wish I could get out and do some stuff in our yard. My husband doesn't really care about that kind of stuff. I'm not a huge planter and I don't know the names of most stuff, but I really like being out there and doing it. Right now we mostly just need to get rid of the weeds and clean the place up. I hate to say it, but the property has already gone downhill since we've owned it. In just over a month!! Just because I can't get out there. Such a bummer.

I guess I'll just have to like vicariously through you! ;)
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From:neeroc
Date:July 7th, 2005 03:16 am (UTC)
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No problemo! Just let give my achin bones a few days to recover before you need to hit the garden again *g* It so sucks getting old.

Hubby is of the 'if it's green I'll mow it' school. Doesn't really care if its weeds or grass, as long as its green. I was hoping for a lawn/garden split with him, but no such luck. My solution - more garden, less lawn *g*
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From:miss_kat_1968
Date:July 6th, 2005 06:05 pm (UTC)
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Those beds will look goregeous!
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From:neeroc
Date:July 7th, 2005 03:18 am (UTC)
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Thanks! Must find motivation to complete them now.
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From:moo
Date:July 6th, 2005 09:05 pm (UTC)
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I now officially feel bad for being such a slug this weekend. You're making the rest of us look bad! :-)
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From:neeroc
Date:July 7th, 2005 03:32 am (UTC)
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Oh pshaw! I've been plenty enough slug lately. But FYI - I promise it won't happen again for quite a while!
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From:moo
Date:July 7th, 2005 09:26 am (UTC)
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Good. Give the rest of us a chance to at least one productive thing before you go all Martha Stewart on us again. :-)
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From:neeroc
Date:July 8th, 2005 01:53 am (UTC)
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Sure, sure. How many miles of cabled knitting do you have done now?

Next week is my security audit, so we know that's a write-off. Then two weeks vacation! Woohoo! No guarantees there.
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From:moo
Date:July 8th, 2005 07:54 am (UTC)
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Don't go making this about me now. :-P"
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From:heathog
Date:July 7th, 2005 06:22 pm (UTC)
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Very beautiful flower beds! Way to go! And I love your bleeding heart icon!
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From:neeroc
Date:July 8th, 2005 01:48 am (UTC)
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Thanks very much re: the beds. The icon I can't claim, I stole it *g* but I love it too.
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