It has been a busy week since I last met up with the Tuesday T-Gang over at Elizabeth at The Altered Book Lover. But here it is once again time to share our drinks and weekly shenanigans. These photos were taken early Monday morning, as the sun was coming up over the neighbors house and fence.
A couple weeks ago we had to have one of the trees, in the back yard, taken out due to termites, and the last standing tree was pruned way back. It all HAD to be done, but it kinda but a kink in some of the "other" things going on. Since the trees had gotten so big (and over grown) they provided a lot of shade on the patio, so that is where I had quite a few plants that required only morning to early afternoon sun. Simple solution.......move all the plants back into the shade of the patio cover........BIG problem........DH has so much junk, besides all the BBQ equipment, on the patio there really was any more room. Well......er.....there was also all the patio furniture to deal with too.....still too much of everything....but I digress....
I still had to figure out what to do with my plants, then I got an idea.......oh ya, the dreaded "idea"!
|my cup of coffee on the table for T-day|
Along side the house is the boys' sandbox, left for many, many years as just a "place"...... a place where the dog, as a puppy, dug holes, a place where
junk.....stuff got set, a place where the sand had gotten mixed with dirt..............you know....JUST A PLACE. Well, this "place" only gets morning and early afternoon sun....."BINGO"! But first it had to be clean up and cleaned out, AND leveled back up again. I was just going to put the plants along there, then decided I would create a little garden spot to sit in when the weather turns HOT. The white fencing along the back I pull from around the hot tub and it was set into place the "Redneck" way....with wire and steal stakes. It now hides my potting table and supplies
The two planters on legs I found at Rite Aid drug store for 50% off and put them into place. I didn't want this are fully walled off, so that it could catch the breeze. I pulled the swinging bench off the patio, as well as the Adirondack chair my Dad made over 30 years ago, and put them into place.
The lighted arch I bought at Michael's Craft Store on sale, and with a coupon for about $10.00 over 20 years ago.......back when I decorated the front yard at Christmas. It has been store up in the rafters of the garage since I bought it!!! The colored stepping stones came from the flower bed out front.
A view from the sidewalk, I guess I should have taken the stickers off the planters first...eh? I was going to use them for my herbs, but went with flowers instead. The pots below are herbs....rosemary, mint and cilantro. The basil is in a bucket that is behind the chair.
This is the LONG flowerbed that I ripped out and cleaned up. Why yes, it is a water garden....doesn't everybody plant one?? LOL! Since it is still early in the season, and our temperatures have been jumping 30' (F) during the day, but the nights are still cool I put little hot houses over each plant until they get well rooted. I do pull them off during the warm part of the day. There are 3 bell peppers, three tomato and 3 dill plants all started. I did leave some space at the far end to plant my cucumbers a little later...still a tad early for them. That is landscapers cloth along the back to keep the dreaded weeds from growing, more will be added along the sidewalk too.
As you can clearly see there is still the "clean-up" to be done, since I tracked mud and wet sand all over the place and also lost some potting soil while transplanting. Then there is the "patio" area that needs attention and the front flower beds that are next to be attended to. I need to get it all done before the really hot weather gets here, and I think it is going to be early this year..............it has been close to 80' all last week..............next week it is supposed to break the 80' mark. I can hear all of you still knee deep in snow!!! As tired of the snow and freezing temperature as you get is how we feel when the "HOT" weather rolls in here........most of us DO NOT look forward to the days and sometimes weeks on end of over 100' (F) heat. But we all do what we gotta do......right?
After hours of working in the yard, until my knee, hips, back, and hands said "Enough already". I would grab my Pitt pens and Inktense pencils, hit the sofa, and started dangling the GK's names. One more to go, Hannah, until early July when #5 will join us.
If you made it clear through this L-O-N-G post, pat yourself on the back and except my apologies for being so long winded this week.
By the way we had friends over for a BBQ and the three of us women made use of the garden spot to enjoy our wine. I'm thinking of naming it "My Wine Spot" What do you think??