Projects in the Yard and Garden (Continued)

Weeks ago I ambitiously began to reconstruct my landscaping at the front of the house. This front flower bed had always been in a rectangular shape which matched the shape of our home. I had red mulch in the back area and a front border set off with treated wood, where each year I planted a row of colorful annuals. BORING!

When I began this project, weeds and johnny jump ups were growing all over the place.

Late winter. The weeds had taken over. A sorry sight!

Late winter. The weeds had taken over. A sorry sight!

The beginnings of this project after my husband had removed the wooden border.

The beginnings of this project after my husband had removed the wooden border.

Little by little, over a span of several weeks, I dug out the old mulch and weeds. My husband helped at times; other times I worked alone. I gave it a more interesting shape that will be easier to mow around.

I changed the shape from rectangular to a more interesting shape.

I changed the shape from rectangular to a more interesting shape.

Still digging.

Still digging.

Saturday I brought this project nearer to completion. I finished digging out all the mulch and hard clay and added rich (still ripe smelling) composted cow manure and mulch. I re-used a sculpted brick border from the original bed, placed beside the walk way, to hold the bedding material in. I also used my mattock to chop back the grass to make a place to lay edging after payday comes.

Old mulch, weeds, and clay soil removed.

Old mulch, weeds, and clay soil removed.

Compost, mulch and brick border in place.

Compost, mulch and brick border in place.

Rock display and Yabba Dabba Doo Rose planted.

Rock display and Yabba Dabba Doo Rose planted.

These rocks were originally part of the foundation for the sills of an old home located on the front of our property. My husband and I  have always found them interesting and wondered how the builders of that home were able to get them so flat, or if they were found that way.

Stepping stones from rocks collected around our property.

Stepping stones from rocks collected around our property.

I added stepping stones found at various places around our property.

The sun was going down by the time I finished for the day.

The sun was going down by the time I finished for the day.

Jazz enjoying a new place to chill out.

Jazz enjoying a new place to chill out.

This project is still far from completion. I want to add some hosta plants to border the stepping-stones. I plan to place some colorful pots of flowers on the foundational rocks. Collette suggested I put a garden bench in this area. I liked her suggestion and will be making trips to area thrift stores to find something that I can paint to go near the stepping-stones. I have some geraniums growing in the greenhouse that will soon be ready to be added here.

I will show updates as I work to bring this flower bed to a true completion.

What projects are you working on?

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