|I didn't get a picture at the right time of year but there are lots of beautiful roses now!|
I've always hated the idea of gardening (seems like so much work that never ends) but we inherited this beautiful garden at our house and I hated to see it all go for naught. We decided to spend the weekend getting everything up to speed. I took on the garden and Ben took the dirt area he recently cleared of brush in order to make it a space for the girls toys and slide.
After some advice from my expert consultants (sister and mom), we went out and bought some mulch and got to it. Ben had a tip from a friend that he could get a truckload of bark delivered for peanuts. In two days we gave our yard a makeover; I did the garden and Ben did the "bark-ing". Our yard was looking pretty sad before. Now it looks so much better and I don't have to wonder if the HOA is going to come after us.
We are obviously novices but humor me in my pride and excitement.
|First we raked the leaves and put down bark around our tree. Looks a million times better. Poor tree got mutilated in the ice storm but will hopefully be the comeback kid.|
|I started by mulching and pruning the roses in front of our gate/fence. I dug up all the bricks and then added the mulch and cut down the branches. The look so pretty when they bloom.|
|The girls had fun 'helping' and of course, making dirt cupcakes.|
|Raked all the junk out of these flowerbeds, dug up and repositioned all the bricks, and mulched this whole area. |
I know it doesn't look like much right now, but lots of pretty stuff pops up in the spring: roses, basil, and irises.
|Ben's job hauling the bark onto the newly cleared area. This is the work 30% done. Took the full two days. This entire area was thorns and wild cane until they cut it down. We have a water table (in the back) and slide that will go here.|
|More of my garden. Currently dead hydrangea to the left, rosemary, and irises.|