I’m hot, sweaty, covered in dirt, and my nose is running, but in spite of all that, I have a happy glow of accomplishment. I’m starting to understand the allure of this whole “gardening” thing. I planted 6 different daylilies along the outside of the front fence (some even had buds already), and dug the bejeebers out of the south end of my front flower bed. The weeds still don’t know what hit them.
I must say that digging through sod that has to be close to 50 years old, as weed-infested as it is, is much like digging through 1/4 inch plywood. It took my entire 200 lbs, a pointed shovel, and me hopping and swaying on it like someone with St. Vitus’ Dance just to cut through it. The soil underneath, however, was beautiful to behold. Lovely black and crumbly, with an amazing lack of roots. Now, if only no one steals them……
Before and after, front fence, looking south (there’s room for another 4 along there; one north of the gate, 3 south):
The heights range from 12-18″ (on either side of the gate), through 18-24″ (north end, plus middle 2 on the south), to 24-36″: (last one on the far south end). The colours, from north to south are as follows:
I’ll update with real flower pictures when they bloom.
Next up is the south end of the front flower bed. Die, weeds, DIE!!!
I didn’t get to the back corner there for two reasons: 1) my back was hurting after 1.5 hours of rigorous digging, and 2) there are 2 daisies and a poppy that have self-planted and I want to save and move them. That’s a project for another day, however. One where there’s a breeze. That opportunistic ash tree has to go, too; I have a spectacular miniature rose bush to go there..