Sunday, May 17, 2009

Green Thumb/Paw

With it being May long weekend, and the weather finally acting like it is summer time (we had snow last week ... yes, snow in May), I thought it was a great time to get out on the yard. It's not much of a yard, a patch of green with a lot of weeds and some very hard dirt. But I am hoping to make it into a little bit of something enjoyable eventually.

Mom came over to help (thank goodness for moms!). We bought bedding plants and spent the afternoon digging, raking, and planting. While I eventually want to cut some flower beds and add something a little more permanent to the yard, this year I am mostly working in pots. Just want to get some color going back there so it looks like more like a garden and less like a vacant lot.

Romeo was great at supervising the pot arrangements.

While Gio helped collect all the garbage that has blown into the yard over the past who knows how many years.

I wound up with 4 planters. Two large round ones full of Cosmos, potatoe vine, and labelia. And two long planters that have some wonderful dahlias and a row of morning glory seeds along the back. I'm hoping the morning glories will climb up my porch and fill that in nicely.

I've never used dahlias before, but I have to say I am quite smitten!

Mom hacked a flower bed out of the random patch of grass/weeds/dirt in the front of the house. And I have loaded it full of chrysanthemums and Johnny jump-ups. It doesn't look like much now, but hopefully they will fill in nicely and keep coming back year after year.

Then we raked the whole yard. It was full of leaves and garbage from years of neglect. But there are patches of grass spread around, so it isn't a total loss.

Of course, Romeo was a big help in making sure that we didn't accidentally rake up any of his toys. Gio was mostly busy hunting lady bugs.

"The boys" bought me a bird feeder for Mother's Day, so I finally got to hang that up in the back corner as a final touch.

All in all, I am pretty proud of how it looks! Of course, it's no Royal Botanic Garden, but it is mine.

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