Monday, May 24, 2010

Open only if you are not tired of seeing my weeds yet!

So I am guessing if you are reading this you love my weeds! I can send some to ya if ya like! I've got 6 bags full so far. Hopefully this will be over today and we can start to have some fun. I got a couple of projects that I want to do for the outside. One of them is a makeover for my front door.

Anyways.... let's get our farty shoes on and "git 'er done"! The kids call these my farty shoes cause when they get wet or sweaty inside they make farting noises every time you take a step. I know shocking that rubber shoes can't be quiet huh?


Believe it or not this is the front bed done. Still looks like crap though. I got some serious work planned for this puppy though. When we first bought this house the previous owners had bushes all along the front of the house. I wanted flowers so I pulled up all the bushes, weed fabric and mulch. The weed fabric was the really cheesy stuff and was rotting so it needed to be replaced anyways. We are planning on AFTER the fence is done to redo the front porch. You can't see it but there is like a 5' wide by 40' deep gopher hole under it. It makes the basement leak. So we want to fix the leaks, fill the gopher hole and block off under the deck so no more critters nest under there.

Here is the other half of the flower bed in the front. I want to do something to climb up the chimney. This ground is also rock hard so I need to do something with that to soften it up. I don't know what that would be, but something. Hopefully it will end up being manure cause that smells so pretty when it is wet and 120 degrees outside. You know you have to wonder how they thought "hey, let's put that cow poop in the flowers to make them grow".



The lily bed is done! I love this dirt in here. This is what I want for the front. It is always soft and mushy. Weeding is so easy in this bed. Of course the ants love this bed and HATE when I disturb them. I think I viled their queen's palace when I was working in here. The next thing I knew I was covered in biting ants. I am sure I was the epitome of coolness running around the yard in my farty shoes, screaming and flailing, being chased by two kids, one swatting me with a beach towel and the other with a hose, trying to get them off. I know I looked good after too. Sopping wet with tiny red marks from the bites and big old welts from being whipped with a beach towel.



I uncovered these gems too. I didn't even know that I had hyacinths here. You would probably recognize these as the purple irises except that the bitty one had to lob off the only blooms. She has a thing for picking flowers.



I also got the big tall weeds out of here. On my list for today is to turn all this dirt and lay down landscape fabric. Then I can section off the squares for planting the garden and do it. I'm really excited to do this one though. I love going to the garden center to pick out flowers and plants.

Maybe I better take my husband's pick up....



One little pretty left. My white iris is open! Isn't it pretty? So easy to see against that white siding too huh? I think she is much happier being weed free now.



I have one more large area to do. I have been dreading this one. It is in front of the garage. There is grass growing in there that is about 9' tall. It always is so neglected. I bet that I find alot of my husband's missing tools! Once it is weeded I want to take out all the flowers, lay down landscape fabric, plant some bushy flowery things like forsythia and cover it in rock. I was wanting to do flowers there with custom made license plates for plant markers. He thought it was dorky and now I am over that.

I am going to have him get the weed whacker started for me too so I can do all the trimming tomorrow. Doesn't that sound like fun? I think that I can be daring and take the snow shovel off the front porch and put it in the garage. Or maybe I should wait?!

I think that I will be daring....

Oops! I almost forgot!


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The next Inspiration Party is Monday May 31st! So get your posts ready! I hope to see everyone there to join in on the fun!

18 comments:

Dar said...

Don't ya just love all the garden work and yard work?...I could spend every waking moment amongst it all, but then we wouldn't eat or sleep....hmmm
such a choice.
Good luck with the blasted gophers...I tried some of the gopher deterrent this year and I'll be danged if the stuff doesn't work>>>>they moved right across the road to the neighbors. They don't like the smell of it but I didn't notice an odor....good luck.
Have a fun week

Love the Decor! said...

Happy Monday to you!!

Dragonfly Treasure said...

Ah the joys of gardening ☺ You've made great progress so far! Love your white iris. The best part, of course, will be filling the beds! Such fun shopping for plants and 'things'.
I hate those biting ants. When we lived in Florida they were all over. Two incidents come to mind immediatly...our daughter (3 at the time) was in a little sundress and panties...she sat down in an ant pile. Felt so sorry for her, so bit up..and not in very nice places(not that there is any nice place to get bit) and then our dog sat on an ant hill, what a mess trying to get them off her while she was running around yelping.
No I hate biting ants! I hope you're able to send them packing along with your gophers!

*hugs*deb

cityfarmer said...

I LOVE my husband's pick up ...

glad I stopped here, nice to meet you

Southern Lady said...

Goodness, you have been busy. Your blog made me tired and I haven't even started weeding yet! Carla

Proper Prim said...

Wow you have been a busy girl... it is looking good... it is a true labour of love, when it is done it is so gratifying...I can't wait to see it all done. Too bad you weren't close I could give you all the plants you wanted. At least the weeds are behind you now.

Hugs, Deb

Theresa @ 612Riverside said...

OMG you are too funny! The discription of you after the kids helped you get rid of the ants had me cracking up! Your spring clean up sounds like mine... I keep looking around at another project, when will it end? Thanks for the laughs, Theresa

cindy said...

A farmer's wife = her job is never finished!
We have 200 acres ( not all are farmed) but I know I am worn out when the day is over.

Like your stie.

Lori said...

Giggling again up here ~ I can see you now ~ running, soaking wet being eaten alive by ants!! My flower beds at the side of the house ~ southern exposure ~ is just like clay so I added a lot of peat moss and topsoil. It is much better now but hard work! Good luck with yours....

Pam said...

Your story made me laugh out loud. My dog thinks I having an attack of something. Sorry to laugh at your obvious pain. Be safe as you weed your garden.

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

You need to stop with the weed pulling already and do another post! I miss you!!!!!
xo Yvonne

Londen @ Sixty-Fifth Avenue said...

Looking good in your farty shoes momma! You are so funny!
Have fun shopping for flowers...I would love a pickup truck!
Have a fabulous weekend!
Londen
xoxo

Jacqueline said...

Oh Maggie,
What a lot of work you have to do in that wonderful garden of yours. Our's is a fraction of the size and it takes up loads of our time.
I have this wonderful mental picture of you , walking out into your garden , your farty shoes making squiggy noises, your children thinking that's hilariously funny, then you, sitting on the mower !!
It must be hard at this time of year trying to keep on top of it..... at least you are going to do the good part of buying some pretty plants.
Have a lovely weekend, Maggie and watch out for those ants !! XXXX

Rosewood Cottage said...

Maggie
I love reading about your "weed" adventures...and the farty shoes totally crack me up! I am in the same boat, we have filled who knows how many bags of debris, weeds and cousin it shrubs from this place and it still needs more. I don't think the previous owner tended anything in the yard!
Thanks for the reminder about the Inspiration Party...I will try to come up with something...:) hope you are having a wonderful Memorial Weekend!

~mel said...

A 5 by 40 gopher hole ~ you crack me up!! Isn't it something the pain we put ourselves through for a little beauty.

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Happy Memorial Day dear Maggie! Give that bid Marine a hug and thank him for serving from me!
Yvonne

Jennifer Rizzo said...

I have weeds everywhere!!! I hope your holiday is wonderful!

韋于倫成 said...

美麗的事物是永恆的快樂,它的可愛日有增加,不會消逝而去..............................