I know I have been a slacker with my blog lately…the last week has been a bit hectic. Last weekend, we hosted 12 people at our house for the entirety of Easter weekend. It was a lot of fun, but cleaning and cooking took up all of my blogging time and energy :).
Then, this past week at work, the venue that I work at finished up their multi-millon dollar renovation that we have been undergoing for over 6 months and we hosted our very first wedding of the season (and post-renovation) this past Saturday! So exciting, but added to the general craziness of the past 10 days.
In the meantime, all the April showers have done our flowers a lot of good.
our creepy, crawly, climbing hydrangea is doing it’s thing:
our giant flowers that sprout a stalk almost 6 feet tall are starting to come up. When they are 5-6 feet tall, they bloom and the blooms look like Lilies, but I am not certain.
our flowering trees are flowering:
and my all-time favorite flowers in our yard, peonies, are beginning to sprout.
Alright, enough of the good stuff. When we moved in, it was Winter (well, late February when we toured and March 15th when we closed) and we were very unsure as to what was under all the snow in our yard. We couldn’t be more pleased with the vast amount of perennials we inherited, which likely has saved us thousands of dollars of landscaping costs. What we were not so happy with was our backyard:
this is our “garden” (picture me using air quotes right now). There is no rhyme or reason to where the plants are located, they are just scattered across the middle of the lawn as if someone opened a bunch of bulbs and seed packets and threw them from the deck. It makes mowing very difficult and is just very strange to look at, not to mention that it makes the yard look very disorganized.
Last Spring when we first moved in, our focus was more on the interior of the house and making it liveable…ie: getting rid of the smoke smell, sucking up animal hair from the prior owners, steam cleaning grossly stained rugs, etc. This Spring, now that we are well on our way indoors, we have the time (and passion) to take on the exterior. The disheveled backyard is our main focus.
- relocate *all* the plants from this area to other parts of the yard where we actually want them.
- build 1-2 raised beds for that general area to plant a veggie and herb garden
- till and re-seed all areas around the raised beds this Fall with the hopes of grass for next year (2012)
With planting season drawing near, this project has a bit of urgency. I opted to”go big or go home” and start with this guy:
the HYDRANGEA…aka King of the Garden Patch. Seriously, this guy is massive. I think this plant may be 100 years old, who knows. I pruned nearly half of it last year and it is still enormous.
We began digging and about 45 minutes later, were making some good progress on the massive amount of roots under this thing.
Suddenly, Dan’s shovel hit something hard. No big deal, just a rock, right? Trying to get around the rock, he dug further and further away and the shovel still kept hitting something very hard.
As he scraped the hard object, we started to see that it was curved on the side we were unearthing.
Ok…I’ll admit, maybe I watch too many episodes of Bones and Law & Order, but right about then, I started to freak out. I mean, no one expects to find a hard object under their Hydrangea bush. Was it a body? No…a tombstone? Indian Burial Ground? Buried Treasure?
Nope, just our septic tank! Yikes, not something you want to pry the top off of. Dan paled a bit, but we got it back on quickly…hopefully no damage done!
After that scare, we managed to get the Hydrangea plant out…wow, you can’t believe how heavy this thing was. It took both of us to lift it into the wheelbarrow.
and here he is in his new location in our front yard!
hopefully it survives here…crossing our fingers We have a cedar mulch delivery scheduled for tomorrow too, can’t wait to get this bed whipped into shape!
and here’s the hole in the backyard filled back in. 1 down….about 1,987 to go