Monday, May 13, 2013

Gardening Heaven!

I'm in gardening heaven. I'm probably the only person in the world that loves doing spring garden chores. It's just so dang hopeful! Plus, great prep in the spring means almost no work in the summer when it is hot.

But some springs are harder than others. This spring is one of those. 

There were 14 plants that needed dividing and replanted in 28 new places. 

Four bushes to be dug up, cut up, and removed. Two trees that needed to be bought and planted. 

Two large (bigger than me) bushes dug up and moved. 

One retaining wall removed. One planter built with the recycled stones. 

Peonies from the farm to transplant. And a driveway side garden that had to have the nasty black plastic edging removed and a "use what you have" brick paver edging put in. 

This included removing many many many pounds of dirt and moving into other garden spots. 

And oh yea, a HUGE willow tree cut up and dug out. And oh oh, yea yea, we turned over twenty or thirty square feet of grass to create extra garden space.

And if that wasn't enough we had 6 yards of compost delivered on Saturday that had to be spread over the lawn and into the gardens. Fortunately Mr. Quirky and I did that together - 16 combined hours of labor. Thought I would DIE!

Thank goodness for spring blossoms! Although their beauty is fleeting I can at least enjoy them for a couple of weeks!

The only thing left is planting a bunch of irises (from the farm) that I'm not sure where to put and finding just the perfect bush to replace the red twig dogwood from the front of the house. It got some sort of blight last year and couldn't recover in the extra heat we had last summer. I also need to fill the big planter we made and figure out what to plant in it.

Then I get to start on the porch and touching up all the outdoor furniture and maybe making some new cushions and cushion covers. And I need a potting bench. And the paint is peeling off of my Hoosier cabinet and I will have to do something about that.

It's almost peony time...and then hydrangeas!!!! I can't wait!

Make something wonderful today!



Unknown said...

OMG - I'm exhausted just reading this Karen - talk about energy!
It all looks gorgeous though - I'm jealous!

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

I can't wait until my plants start coming up! Yours are weeks ahead of ours and look beautiful. You've been hard at work and it shows. I remember your beautiful garden photos last year and look forward to seeing this year's gardens.

Kirby Carespodi said...

Can't wait to get in my garden! Maybe this weekend. It look great!

miss flibbertigibbet said...

Everything looks wonderful Karen! Hard work pays off! Haven't even begun...I just turn my eyes away! LOL I just dug up a huge bed of iris last year.....they will spread VERY well and are HARD to get out so plan wisely! My peonies just started to bloom the other day....the scent is so wonderful it can bring tears to your eyes!

Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

Karen those pictures are all so beautiful! It's obvious that any time you spend working in your yard is time well spent!! What is that pink bush? I love it and I want one!

Little Miss Maggie said...

You must be bone tired after all that gardening, but don't you just love visiting the fruits of your labor all spring? Great photography, Karen. I bet it all looks picture perfect.

Bliss said...

It's a blooming yard over there!


Unknown said...

So beautiful! I wish I had a green thumb - but I do not. I so admire you.

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Unknown said...

I'm tired just looking at it - and I have most of my gardening ahead of me, not behind. But maybe having it ahead of me will help my behind.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Wow, you really are full of energy. Gorgeous pictures. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, marty

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

Gardening is hard work, but the reward is coming! I wish I could grow peonies and hydrangeas.

Art and Sand said...

I am like you, I love working in the garden. While watering after work today, I was looking around at all the work I have to do this weekend. And, I can't wait.

fiona anderson said...

I don't love it so much because I hate the back pain I get, but I do love a pretty garden so I've got my brother doing mine - lol !
Looking forward to seeing more of yours !

Tami Rebekah said...

just gorgeous!! im always so jealous of all your pics!!

Fishtail Cottage said...

Would love to have come over to Fishtail Cottage and share your post at this weeks Garden Party! Hope you are having a lovely weekend! xoxo, tracie

Anonymous said...

I love to garden as well - dug around - plant - weed - have a bit of coffee - all of those things! The Bleeding Hearts are so beautiful.

Thank you for linking up this post on BeBetsy BRAG ABOUT IT Tuesday party - we just love it and so will our readers. Hope to see you again soon.

Thanks again, Sharon

Crunchy Diva said...

We are certainly kindred garden spirits! I LOVE early spring in the garden - it really does delight my soul. My Solomon Seal just started coming up and I found a bleeding heart volunteer that I just replanted this weekend. I have a new section of my blog called Garden Love. So nice to "meet" you!

Anonymous said...

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Barbwire Pretty said...

I absolutely love your pictures, WOW and your garden looks just beautiful. It reminds me of a verse in a poem I once wrote--- I own a sea of dandelions all shimmering the colour of gold, Where forget-me-nots and heartsease argue for space to hold, Awe.. tis rich am I.
Thanks for sharing

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