The joys of gardening…. I do like to tend to my garden (which has been really hard to even get started this summer), but I admit I can sometimes be very lazy about actually “tending” to it, I just hate weeding and sometimes it gets the best of me to get motivated. I actually got out the shovel, the rake and bags of earth to start a project that I was supposed to do last year, oh well. I spent hours at the garden center trying to pick what I envisioned to be my little forest of greenery and flowers, well my mature garden, which in the pictures will look so different in 2-3 years. I usually stick to planting perennials, only annuals for a few pots here and there. Digging and turning the earth is hard work! I am pooped, and my space was only about 20 feet x 3 feet. I am pretty happy with the results, but I will have to keep my eye on my greenery (Ferns) since I have more sun shinning on them, then what I had thought back at the garden center. Here’s a few pics to maybe inspire all you gardeners out there!
These past few weeks have been busy, mainly doing some indoor painting (because the weather has been nice and cool FOR ONCE!) and I had to get the entryway finally finished since it’s remodel which was in the spring (Oooops! laziness can sometimes get the best of me, but the summer heat wave did not help either :O ). I also wanted to spruce up my kitchen, was not happy with it’s former color of blue, I need a little more uplifting color in my life to make things a bit more bright and happy! Happy! Happy! So I went with a yellow, how uplifting is that, everytime I go in my kitchen now I can’t be more “Happier”. Maybe the cooking will be even better now, hahaha!
About a month ago I blogged about a major tree pruning and chopping that went on here and today was the day for “TREE PICK-UP”. This past weekend we dragged all those cut down branches to the curb! It was a lot of work, basically too0k us the entire day but am I happy to get rid of those things off my yard, was becoming an eyesore. I felt like I was living in the land of the dead forest. It amazed me that it took us about three days to get the trees pruned and cleared and these guys…
All done in less than 15 minutes! (the guys were not too bad to look at either). The pile was approx. 60 feet long and about 3m high. What was I doing wrong??!! LOL!
Anyways, glad it is all gone and finished with.
I think I will be done for this season for doing some landscaping changes. I may have a few things to get done before winter time arrives. But next spring I will be finishing up the front area and laying down my new plans for the front and side walkways (gardens) and finishing the front area, where the “greshem” and “Snowmound” were removed and replanted in their new homes (and seem to be doing quite nicely, except for a few of them that do not look so good, sniff sniff). There is just not enough time to get everything done, when you are doing everything else, right?
So today is another beautiful day, perfect temperature for heading out once again to get those chairs (chair) finished. I hate sanding, I absolutely HATE it! But unfortunately it is part of the process of making my vintage chairs “Gorgeous” once again. I want to get at least two completed by end of weekend. Some of the paint on them was so thick, ugh! it takes forever to sand them off, I am using a paint remover also, otherwise I may be doing this until next year! I am also looking around for some really nice fabrics to cover my chairs, not sure what I am decided on yet? But it will come to me.
So here are a few shots of my decorating attempts for the entryway, still have the door frames and baseboards to get on (lord knows when that will get done??!) and I am still on the hunt for 2 wall coat racks, just not finding what I want, so until something I see says “Buy me, you know you want me” I ain’t opening my wallet. I may even take a try at making one, I mean really? How hard can it be to make one? I say until you try it, you will never know…
A few shots of the Before and After looks, awwww what color can do
This weather is driving me carazzzy! I have come to the conclusion that I must wake up at 4:30am to get some outside chores done. The weather is just too unbearable after 11:00am, and when is it going to rain??? The poor rivers…. they are so sunken and low, the water looks muddy and mucky, poor little frogs and duckies and whatever else is living in there. Although I do love a sunny day I have just about had it with this humidity and sun, sun, sun. I WANT IT TO RAIN!!!
Getting up early has it’s benefits, no one else is awake, it’s quiet, you hear everything so clearly, the birds, the crickets, the ants (okay not the ants)… it is actually so peaceful, I enjoyed watering my garden (ever so slightly with this drought, but I transplanted bushes so I just had to, Oooops) in the quiet of the early morning, it was kinda dark, I noticed it’s darker now, hmmm fall is coming (yeayyyy). I love the fall, cooler weather, pumpkins and Halloween…
I worked on a few chairs this morning, sanding away like a nutball, even in this heat, happy I did it. The mornings are kind of cool, nice and breezy. I will soon have them painted or stained, maybe add a cool looking cushion and they will be available for purchase in my Esty shop “Peonie’s Closet”. This week has been a painting week, started a cool mailbox and address sign. Hope to have it done by the end of the weekend. I have also gotten a cookie box completed, and started many other projects. It was a good productive week. Awww yes the benefits of getting up early and catching the worm, however this is sure to be me at 2:00pm hehehehe
Been very busy working on the front area of my yard, trying to spruce it up a little. My bestie helped me out soooo much the past two weeks (he’s a doll!) while he was on vacation to boot (some vacation!) such a sweetie! We chopped and pruned trees for a few days, I can’t believe how much comes down and how much you are left with to send to recycle or compost. Wow! Was a big job and I know I am glad it’s done…. will only have to bring them to the curb for the chipper. I can’t wait for that to happen, looking at the piles here and there are becoming annoying, Ooops.
We worked in the hot humid heat, transplanting my “Greshem” and “Snowmound” bushes to make a more appealing landscape.
You can actually see that I have a walkway and a porch now. I think it’s much more welcoming, yet I still have my privacy if I choose to sit out front.
Transplanting 10 of those bushes was grueling work, I still have two more to get moved, but we are taking a break, LOL! I redid the walkway, I like to do things myself, or at least if I think I can do it, I will most certainly try it. I researched many “How To” sites, and doing the walkway was pretty much simple, lots of hard work but, when you do the work yourself, it is so much more rewarding. Plus it’s saving you lots of CASSSSH!
I still have many areas to landscape and well “Make” a more attractive space. It will take time, next my plan is to install a small simple pond where the bushes used to call home, I think a pond is so tranquil and it would make a lovely addition to the front porch area. I will post pictures as soon as I can.
The weather was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G !! today. Was up early, 5:15am. Did the usual routine crap and then it was off for a bike ride at 7:00am, woohoo it was the perfect day for it. Cool temps this morning, just the way I like it for these kinds of activities, not to mention after the bike ride was stopping by the garden centre for bags of composted soil to start my small front yard rejuvenation. I posted some before pics of what the front area looks like as of now and I will post more pics when I am done doing whatever has to be done, LOL!
We started transplanting some “Greshem” and “Snowmound” bushes that had been planted about 5 years ago, oh geez they were a lot of work to get out and haul to their newly found places, but I am sure they will be more happy in their new spot. So after close to 6 hours of work and many scratches and cuts later, we got 5 bushes done out of 10, Oooops. Oh well guess Friday will be another day. Right now it’s time for some poolside activities, or should I say some lounging on the lounge chair with a “Hampton Peach Razz Delight” drink on ice.
Since I am too lazy to go out and buy some Peony Rings, I have decided to scour the basement for something I can recycle and use to stake my Peonie’s who are in desperate need of leaning on something or someone… I found some old copper plumbing pipes and thought these would make a great addition to the Peony garden, not only for their use and savings on my wallet, but just because they will look GREAT and will oxidize to an amazing colour… hopefully. I used some hemp cord to tie them up, so the only thing I will need come next springtime will be more hemp cord 😀
Awww such a delight to see the flowers in bloom, and more buds appearing in the garden pathways. I don’t know, but I think all this rain has been nice for my garden beds, I sure have been lucky to have gotten away with dragging the hose about so far. Can’t wait for my peonie’s to show their flowery blooms ( my favorite!). The phlox, the grasses, the lilies poking their heads getting ready to show off their fiery orange petals.
I have a variety of hostas in several of my gardens. They are more of a shade loving plant, and usually they have long stem like flowers that bloom
later in the summer.
These guys really enjoy my hostas too…. Oh they can be so annoying nipping at the leaves for their daily snack, BUT they are so CUTE!!
I was back in the garden doing a bit more work… I have noticed many plants growing quickly from just a few weeks ago. New growth is so nice to see. I think with all this rain we have been getting may be just what the plants need. I only got one day of work this week as the weather has just been horrible once again. I am not big fan of working in the rain, I will if I have to, but most times I have other things to get done rather than being pelting on. I am almost done the backyard, I worked on the side gardens trimming away the old so the new can pop up. I already have flowers showing themselves, which was enjoyable. I can’t wait for the rest to bloom. The pool is coming along and I see swimming and pool games in the forecast, woohoo!
In my midst of cleaning, I had a wooden cottage like birdhouse that looked like it had been hit by a tornado, chewed to bits, and the door hanging off, oh those darn squirrels. This time I purchased 2 metal ones, lets see those squirrels try to chew that. I hung my new birdhouses proudly and wait to see birds flock to them. I scattered some seed on the ground so the squirrels may enjoy nibbling there rather than try to hog the feed in the houses.
I am still trying to decide what I should do with an area in the yard, lay some new sod with a water feature? maybe a fountain? a vegetable garden? I am kind of liking that idea, some cherry tomatoes, shallots, garlic, ohhh so many good things to plant, hmmm the possibilites are endless. If I am planning a veggie gardenI think I better hurry before the season is over, I know how time can suddenly get the best of you!
I worked another day in the yard and gardens. It seems it is never going to get done (what a winter can do to your gardens). I still have half the yard to finish and then the front and sides Hunh!!?? As the bags line the driveway in zillions I am beginning to wonder if I should get a smaller place! Hahahaha Looking at the bare gardens now only brings hope to the blooming plants and flowers that will soon emerge from the perennials I have planted over the years. I think I am going to get creative and make a stepping stone for this corner garden… I am also going to have to purchase a new birdhouse as the one that use to hang under the pine tree has taken many more a beating from those pesky but oh so cute squirrels with their fluffy tails, how can something so adorable be so destructive just to get some seeds and nuts?! They do not like to share…
I did have some help, or NOT, seems this helper was more interested in frockling in the flowers (good grief).
I took a few shots. Not that there is much yet, a few sprouting plants. Will post new pics as the weather gets warmer and more things start to pop up. I will soon start to do some of my flower pots as well and will post some pics of those as well. Would love to see pics of other peoples floral creativity, maybe I can get some ideas. Have a lovely day! 😀