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today in the yard

5 Apr

I’ve been a very busy bee. Last Saturday, I planted all of my new acquisitions into the sloping bank of death. It certainly doesn’t look like much right now, but hopefully will fill in and be the nicest looking driveway in town.

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This is what it looked like pre-Saturday.

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And here it is now. All of my yucky plastic garden markers are still there because I haven’t had a chance to switch them out. It looks better already, right? Or am I insane? I’m going with a dark foliage and chartreuse type theme. More on that as it fills in, looks like I spent more than five minutes on it, and makes the crippling back pain more acceptable.

There’s not much showing off out there today, but there are a few gems worth posting.

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Well, these were outside. I planted them last year in a faraway corner because I didn’t know what else to do with them. I think they’re kinda fun. Even if they are tulips.

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I am not sure what these are, my Mom gave them to me in a huge bin. I think the tag said summer blooming daffodils, but it’s not summer. And they’re a lot saucier than daffodils. I give them a resounding thumbs up whatever they are.

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The $2.50 Hellebores are still putting on a show. Seriously, thank you Home Depot. Annuals? Pfft. Now, if only the stubborn f1 hybrids will start blooming so I know what color they are…

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Yes, jerk. I’m talking to you. This dirtbag is teasing me. It could be white, pink, green, red or black. I have no idea. But knowing my luck, it will be a white one with red splashes all over it because I don’t like those. If it doesn’t bloom this year, I will probably fistfight it.

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And my little Lakeside Cupcake hosta showed up this week. Last year it had an epic battle with the slugs (and lost). Right now it looks okay. I might be fistfighting some slugs this year too. It’s going to be a busy summer of hand to hand combat.

so many things

28 Mar

There are so many things happening outside that it’s really hard to focus. I’m everywhere all at once, trying to do everything now. Before my plant orders start showing up, you know? Oh, wait…

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As Liz Lemon would say, “Blurg!” I really thought I had more time to prepare, but alas. Some of the lovelies have arrived. They’re hanging out in the laundry room till I get a day off. Until then, the battleplans are being drawn. Saturday is the big day.

I’m really excited about fixing up the yard. I’ve been a renter for so long, I have had to suppress all inklings for pretty plants. Now I am in an unstoppable frenzy. It’s ridiculous. Last fall, before I was able to do too much planning, I read a lot of gardening blogs. And thanks mostly to this, I became obsessive of hellebores. So I ordered a few, a few more, and then stumbled upon some for $2.50 at Home Depot (listed as annuals!). I bought some called Sunshine Selections from Sunshine Farms. These are wildcards, and you have no idea what you will actually get. I have at least five of them, and the suspense has been killing me since I put them in the ground in August. I am not sure if they will be blooming this year or not, but if they don’t I might have a freaking stroke. The little teases.

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And like I don’t have enough on my plate right now, I found some hosta babies planted literally in the middle of the yard. I even mowed over some of them. I went on a rescue mission despite being in danger of being late for work.

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Why hello naked tree bottom! Are you particularly fond of those unsightly weeds you’ve been seen with?  How about a more respectable (albeit predictable) crew?

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I’ll give you an update on how that’s going later on. So, I’ve given some insight into the perplexing landscaping disasters I have on my hands, how about yours? What’s the most befuddling yard-related encounter you’ve ever had? I’m very curious to know if this sort of thing is a widespread epidemic.

And now I’m off to look at my new leafy pals.