Each morning, I eat breakfast and drink my coffee, knowing I'm about to go out into the HOT, hot world (it was 92 degrees today!) and sling a mattock until I'm dripping. To make things worse, the mosquitoes are so big and aggressive that I need to wear long sleeves and sweat pants. The little creeps can drill through those heavy clothes, but I figure, if they're gonna get me, I'll make sure it hurts them as much as me! I've tried using insect repellent, but the skeeters just look at me and say, "Mmmmmm... Marinade!"
As I'm slogging away outside, Sam Cooke's "Chain Gang" keeps running through my head.
You can see in the background of these pictures just how badly overgrown the ground covering vines are. Digging in a new patch is definitely not my favorite thing to do, but the end result will be a peaceful, shady foliage garden. So far, the front half is done and ready for some added top soil before planting.
An overall view
The dogwood sapling
Pooch's "spot" is under the aggregate pavers
I loved these two huchera plants - the leaves contrast with each other beautifully
Our neighbors gave us two gardenia bushes started from cuttings
Can you believe this is a geranium?!? GORGEOUS.
Our "flying pig" weathervane:
It's a good-sized patch - about 10'x10'. I have several iris clumps in the front yard that need dividing. I'm going to bring some of those to this new back garden. Throughout the year I'll add other seasonal things like bulbs and some fall foliage plants. This is a long project - I'm not sure it will ever really be "finished". It's going to be fun to watch it take shape.
Update: Thursday, June 4
Well, dammit! The deer came through and ate the huchera and fuchsias down to nubs. I don't care how cute and pretty the deer are... I dream of venison steaks at this moment in time.