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Flowerbed Redesign
We work on upgrading an old flowerbed to a more colonial look.
July 16, 2016

With the cool weather lasting, I thought I would take the chance of rebuilding a flowerbed that is long overdue for a change.  It became too narrow and compacted over the last 26 years.  I think it was one of the first flower beds I built when we finally finished shoving all of the dirt around the foundation of the house.  Two days ago, when I started tearing into it, we had spring like temperatures, but now the weather has turned miserably hot.  Today’s temperature is 97° F.  Oh well, as much as I detest extreme heat, we have to finish what we started.

The bed used to be L-shaped and held a long row of lavender plants, but gradually the bed became a massive triangle as I needed more space to put my flowers.  Now, I am planning to square off the bed and make it level, a bit of a feat considering the slope of the ground.  We will need to pack in dirt, but first I need to set my line for my rocks to be piled on.  I’m fairly certain there are enough rocks for me to work with.  It’s just a simple matter of rearranging them.

I started off by putting a stake roughly where I’d like my corner to be, then I strung a bit of old yarn to one end of the porch and connected the other end to the stake.  My daughter later used our square (a tool used to make 90 degree angles in woodwork) and our leveler to make sure the line was straight with the porch, but I confess that I eye-balled it.  It looks like the old eyes are still good.  It was important, however, for me get the height level, as I didn’t want a wavy wall.  Once the first side was set, I repeated the same process for the other side, starting from the sidewalk.

Here is where a bit of art is going to have to come into play.  I don’t want the fence to fully obstruct the view of the house from the driveway, because I need to see who is driving up to us.   However, I do need it to be level.  I’ve settled on the height of rocks I would like, and will go the rest of the way up with a modified fence, not the usual height, but tall enough to look like it is from yard, or even when standing next to it.

Work on the new garden is nearly complete.  I finished piling the rocks, and Marty, Drew, and Dobby hauled in a few loads of dirt to fill in the newly sectioned off area.   Dobby has been adding his expertise by spreading the dirt around.  He does so love a work site.  Once the dirt was in, it was time to replant some of the plants I had to move out of the way during the rock stacking.  This is a good time to spread out some of my perennials which have become quite big over the years.  This isn’t really a good time for transplanting, with the summer heat at its peak, but if I keep them watered over the coming weeks, they should thrive.

Marty has been hard at cutting and building a new picked fence to go on top of the rocks.   We are using the same dog-eared boards for this, as they are so cost efficient, and can be split into several boards at once.  It’s all down to painting now, and which type of finial I want to put on the posts.  All-in-all it has been about a three day project.

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The last round of seeds arrive and I get started sewing some new yard outfits and repairing my old egg wreaths.

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After a hectic week, I begin making rag rugs for the kitchen, an easy craft that will be easy to clean.

January 1, 2017

Between Christmas and New Year's Eve I remain busy, but New Year's doesn't really feel like a new year changing to me.

December 25, 2016

We celebrate Christmas Eve and I find time to rust tin snowflakes for gifts.

December 17, 2016

We keep up the Christmas card tradition, deal with icy runs, winterize the cement benches, and enjoy the babies' new eggs.

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We finally learn the secret to citrus tree success and start the Christmas season with good will.

December 3, 2016

I try my hand at bakery quality spritz cookies, and end the busy week with Marty's birthday.

November 26, 2016

My busy week begins with Meg's birthday and includes Thanksgiving and a Christmas turnover.

November 19, 2016

Unseasonable weather occurs while I prepare to shut down the garden

October 31, 2016

We have our traditional Halloween bash, while winterizing the garden and helping build onto a barn.

October 8, 2016

I discuss rearranging cheap bouquets to maximum effect, and we start work on a project dear to my heart.

October 1, 2016

The unseasonably long growing season is making me reconsider how I winterize my garden.

September 26, 2016

Bulb and new roses arrive, while Marty and I finish some projects.

September 3, 2016

I reassess my native plants and redistribute the wealth.

August 27, 2016

I repaint our living room rug, raspberries come off the vine, and butterflies fly all around

August 20, 2016

I briefly discuss canning tomatoes, meanwhile, the sheep and I encounter a baby rabbit rummaging around the willow tree.

August 13, 2016

I discuss my tips for cost efficient sidewalk repair, meanwhile, Marty makes a bench.

July 23, 2016

The baby chicks become mini acrobats. We get a bumper crop of peaches, make some basil olive oil, and gather fresh garden carrots

July 16, 2016

We work on upgrading an old flowerbed to a more colonial look.

June 27, 2016

I celebrate my birthday with a new batch of baby chicks.

June 18, 2016

We get the sheep some hay and I begin harvesting our cherry trees.

June 4, 2016

I discuss old fashioned roses, close the greenhouse, and inspect the orchard for spring damage.

May 14, 2016

I give everything a fresh coat of white paint, and the kids give me a lovely Mother's Day tea.

March 12, 2016

Marty and I give the pool fence a colonial look with chinoiserie inspiration.

March 5, 2016

I prepare for the next season while encountering some problems with my seedlings. This year may be a trouble year.

February 27, 2016

We celebrate President's Day, while I turn some old baskets into new Easter decorations.

February 20, 2016

We celebrate St. Valentine's Day and take stock of a rat problem.

February 13, 2016

Planting annual flowers, tomatoes, and peppers. Plus, I begin decorating the mudroom.

February 6, 2016

The sheep are done with winter, while I put up decorations for February.

January 30, 2016

The last round of seeds arrive and I get started sewing some new yard outfits and repairing my old egg wreaths.

January 23, 2016

After a hectic week, I begin making rag rugs for the kitchen, an easy craft that will be easy to clean.