An Update For My Mom…

I talked to my mom, who so graciously gifted me a “Sweet Betsy” and a couple of ferns while we were helping her mulch the front yard a couple of weeks ago.

I was telling her how the yard was coming along earlier tonight and I’d taken some pictures last night, and wanted to share them with her and the rest of you, who are still hanging in there with me during this backyard overhaul….

So here are the images, thus far:

Mom, if  you mouse over each image, there is a caption…

For everyone (including Mom), did I mention there would be a hammock? ( 😉 )

A two person hammock is in the process of being shipped, and will land between the lupine/cast iron plant/dahlia bed and the nandinas….

Did I ever mention that there WILL be a hammock?

Did I ever mention that there WILL be a hammock?

Yeah, that’s going to be mine…Oh, yes! That will be mine! (Is that an inadvertent Wayne’s World reference? Quite possibly…)

Until next time, y’all!!! 🙂

EDITED TO ADD: There is Alphonse Karr clumping bamboo on the way, as well…Pictures at eleven (on the day they are planted, of course!). Thank you,!

This is coming to my house soon! Going to go along our fence-line similar to what's shown...

This is coming to my house soon! Going to go along our fence-line similar to what’s shown…

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.


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…