Soooo, how's your yard work coming along? I'm still in an imaginary lawn competition with the house down the street. For five years they've tried to have a nicer yard than me but not for long.... dun dun dun.
I absolutely won't blow dandelion seeds into their yard as I'm walking by their house because that would be so mean. Who would even think of that??? (Hanging my head in shame.)
See the flower above? It's a perennial. I just learned what that meant the summer before last. I don't know what it's called though. For now I'll call it.... purple flowerisculus.
Last weekend my little wanna-be perennial garden looked like this:
My pretty garden full of dead leaves and garbage. Today I cleaned it up a bit. I raked all the leaves, pruned all the dead flowers and stems, and added some nice, rich soil:
I still have no idea what I planted or why I planted them in that weird configuration. All I remember is that there are some peonies, some cone-flowers, and some clematis in there somewhere. Hopefully they get bigger and, you know, start to look nice or something.
I also spent the day fixing the hundred pee spots all over the front yard. I dug out all the dead grass and then filled the spots in with top soil, grass seed, and starter fertilizer.
I also over seeded some bare spots:
It's still too early to plant any annuals where we live (Zone 4a) but hopefully I'll be able to fill up my empty window-boxes next weekend. I'm debating whether to go with a white/green scheme this year or use the same yellow/white/purple/pink scheme as last year.
P.S. Alex worked on the lower level of our backyard deck today. He started it late last summer and wasn't able to finish before the winter. I am so excited that we'll finally have a deck this summer! We still have a lot of finishing touches to do (railings, stairs, etc.) so I'll try to post some progress pictures as we go along. If you're interested in checking out Phase I of the deck project, click here.
P.S.S. Thank you so much for your comments on the shutters we made and installed last weekend. I appreciate your feedback so much!!!
P.S.S.S. I'm on Week #2 of my photography course and am sort of getting the whole aperature, shutter speed, ISO thing. I snapped a few pictures tonight on my walk with Roary and guess what.... I didn't have my camera on any of the automatic settings! Yeah!!!