Yard Crashers – Planting Some More…

tropical bedAWe had to wait for the weather to clear a little bit before attempting to get the remainder of the fill dirt moved to various parts of the yard that needed to be filled today. (Note to future home buyers: Ensure that the water runs AWAY from your home, not toward it.) Yesterday we were hard at it by nine a.m., but it was about twelve-thirty this afternoon before we could really get started today. It was foggy with drizzle for the better part of the morning.

Once the mound of soil was out of the way, I went to work putting the plants in for the shade garden in Lily’s bed. I used the remaining pavers to kind of separate the extended bed from the rest of the yard where the lawn will be again. You can kind of see the progression, below:

Then I picked the spot for my Lupine, Dahlia and Cast Iron plants, put them in the ground and decided that since we weren’t going to use the pavers I’d set on the retaining wall, I could use them to create a border around the little bed.

I was super excited to get a few Heavenly Bamboo yesterday, which is going to create a bit of a screen between the neighbors and where my hammock will be. See that sandy area to the right of the Heavenly Bamboo? That’s the hammock site. In late afternoon it will be shaded by the Bradford Pear.

Nandina

We dodged a LOT of raindrops today. By the time I got the shade garden in, my work gloves were soaked, as were my feet, and I’m not sure if the temps even hit 60 today. All I know is I had to soak in a REALLY hot tub to shake the chill I had after we were finished for the day.

In the coming days, there will be flagstone stepping stones, stone replacing the boards in the raised bed retaining wall, a flagstone patio, and an Asian inspired gazebo over that.

Stay tuned…

Until next time…

Yard Crashers – Workaholic Style…

I’m not sure exactly where we left off…I think it was the deck de-construction, with a few featured newly purchased plants…

Johnny got the tractor out and obliterated the fire pit. (There’s a picture below of what it looked like prior to his hauling the remains out.) This is where the new gazebo/flagstone patio/fire pit table is going to go…You can see where the fire pit USED to be in the second picture. It’s that “grey area” to the top right of the new raised bed.

We have gotten a couple 20 ton dump-truck loads of dirt, the following pic only depicts about a quarter (or less) of the total received:

A portion of what's been delivered...

A portion of what’s been delivered…

When I got home from work, yesterday, I saw the frame for a new raised bed on the right side of the pool. This is where some of the old “Lily Bed” monkey grass and lilies was going to go, as well as the first palm:

This is gonna be FUN!!!!

This is gonna be FUN!!!!

When we went to our favorite plant place, Casey’s Garden Center, to get a couple scoops of top soil and I came back with two six-packs of Vincas. :) It is what it is. I love me some plants.

After filling the raised bed with fill dirt and top soil, I planted four lilies, some monkey grass, a windmill palm and 2/3 of the vincas:

*Whew* That was some work!

*Whew* That was some work!

This was done last night. I placed my pot of Mom’s fern and a couple other items in that bed temporarily, and then got to work on Lily’s Bed. (Lily was about 18 months old when she passed. She was the runt of our second and final litter, and loved to lie under the Bradford Pear while we were swimming.) I’m extending that bed to go around the Bradford, and down into the yard. I am putting shade loving plants, like fern, more vincas, and a couple caladium….

I pulled all that monkey grass and day lily mess out of Lily’s original bed. Got what I needed out last night for the raised bed, but OMG…! Dividing that clump you see in the back-left section of the original bed? I was so worried I was going to roll the ankle or fall, but I am injury free.

We have a dahlia, cast iron plant, a cone flower (don’t know what its proper name is) and three standard Heavenly Bamboo to go in tomorrow, assuming no more rain.

I’ll have the shade garden pictures up tomorrow, if the weather holds. We got three hours in, after starting at 0900 this morning before the rain started. We were at the Garden Center in the pouring rain getting Nandina after that.

I am also thinking about getting a clump or two of Alphonse Kerr clumping bamboo, simply because we need a natural screen from “The Neighbors” since I like my privacy when sun-bathing and swimming. *wink wink, nod nod…”

Until Next Time…

Small Towns – Violence Lives Here, Too…

Not likely to be on the DL.

Not likely to be on the DL.

So a few days ago I posted about the college shooting that put our hospital on lockdown.

I had talked to my dad that night after posting my blog and said that I was fairly confident they would find the guy within 24 hours, and they did. He was arrested after sleeping on the beach in Daytona Beach. I woke up at 5:00 a.m. the next day, and saw where he’d been arrested.

During his Florida court appearance he made some pretty scathing accusations about the victim. The link to the video hasn’t been edited and is not for sensitive ears.

It was good to know (in kind of a warped way) that the suspect was gunning for one person and one person, only, not randomly shooting up whomever was in his way, but when it was all going down? We were scared. This guy’s actions put an entire hospital on lockdown, as well as several doctor’s offices, the college, and it seems he was back home by 8:15 that morning. All the while, businesses large and small were altering their daily routines on the off chance this guy was still around.

This guy scares me. Never mind he is the same age as my youngest son. That, alone, makes my heart hurt. I feel for his mother. No, I really do. Remember when I posted about my middle son’s incarceration? I know how I felt when it hit the news, and all he was accused of was stealing stuff. Not that I’m justifying anything; I’m just saying I have an inkling of how this woman must be feeling, and my heart goes out to her.

He (the suspect) did a telephone interview with a reporter from a local news outlet (WRAL) and I listened to this today and it was chilling. The fact that he doesn’t CARE that he’ll spend the rest of his life in jail? How many more people like him are out there, just doing what they want to do? Not comforting. Not. At. All.

He waived his right to an extradition hearing and they flew him from Florida to Goldsboro earlier today. He was removed from the courtroom after showing his ass to the judge this afternoon. Here is the video…

I just don’t get it.

What the hell is wrong with people today? I get that the Internet allows us all access all of the time, but I truly don’t recall this kind of crap in the morning paper when I was reading it over cereal and coffee when I was in high school, and into my earlier adult years.

People are getting scary, yo…

Hug your loved ones tight tonight (and every night), tell them you love them, nurture your children, and just try to do right by everyone.

Today’s world is a frigging scary place. The more I think about how it is these days, the more sad I get for the human race. We’re so busy worrying about ISIS and terrorists overseas that we seem to be overlooking the people that need help on our own soil. I’m going to bed sad tonight. That is all.

Just sayin’….

Until Next Time…