And that leads to a couple of weekends ago. You know, that very weekend when you may have been talking about me around a fire with Able-Bodied Boy? Well, I was way outside my comfort zone.
I was getting sweaty out in the heat, growing things.
I may have mentioned my loathing of all things hot and humid. And my lack of a green thumb. So yeah, combine those two and it made for an interesting weekend.
April is a great month for pruning and mulching and planting. Which is why I did it in mid-May. Yeah, procrastination abounds in my world. But at least I bought a mess of bulbs and tubers, planned a new garden or two, ordered a ton of mulch, and promptly watch Able-Bodied Boy drive away leaving me to do it all. HA! That's what I get... :)
So, in true Able-Bodied fashion, I forgot some of the BEFORE pictures. So you'll just have to imagine a jungle with trees. Literally. A jungle. With TREES. For any garden lacking a before shot.
|AFTER: The Front Bushes. These two bushes were man-high and making the front walk nearly impassable. The bushes lost 60% of their weight, and all the weeds and trees in the rest of the bed were replaced by mulch.|
|The goodies from Van Bourgondien. I love they include a Garden Guide that tells you how/when to plant and care for all of the plants they sell.|
|BEFORE: The Mini Garden. Now housing weeds and the panels from an old fire pit.|
|MIDPOINT: The Mini Garden. Weeded! Pretty soon we will build a raised bed for some Cote d'Azur Pinks.|
|BEFORE: The Back Garden. All weeds and vines and wretchedness.|
|MID-POINT: The Back Garden. I tilled the clay-bound soil for an hour. Yay no more weeds!|
|AFTER: The Back Garden. I planted Windflowers and mulched the bed. Later, gas lines were being installed and they dug up half the bed :(|
|Random hanging basket and my spider plants recovering from a winter of abuse.|
|AFTER: The Lily Garden. Weeded and mulched!|
|AFTER: The Bulb Garden. Weeded, mulched and Periwinkle roots planted|
And the best for last.... the blackberries are berrying!!! We should have a FABULOUS crop of them starting in July.
|Some of the thousands of blackberries :)|