It was lovely.
I needed to do a lot more school work than I did, but you know what? It will get done, and it was worth it to feed my soul and rest my bones.
Except I didn't do a lot of resting after having a leisurely breakfast and snuggling up with the cat and my book in the morning.
Instead, I hauled ass on my side garden -- I did the whole retaining wall side over the summer, but the rest of it down the hill towards the street was a hot mess of weeds and blecchhh.
|Summer work, my garden lady cleared all the evil weeds and then I did all the amending of the soil and the planting and the using of the rocks that PEPPER THE SOIL LIKE POTATOES IF I WAS A DAMN POTATO FARMER|
|There, you can see the liriope I planted to the left of that honeysuckle bush. Everything behind me, behind that liriope? TRASH.|
So today, today I tackled it. I bought a whole bunch of plants on sale and some mushroom compost at the garden center lady's suggestion, since I discovered yesterday while planting a grass near the liriope that everything to the left of that is straight up solid clay. Full of rocks. And roots.
I did all the pulling of the weeds myself.
Holy shit, I am exhausted and in a lot of pain in my legs and lower back, but I am pretty damn pleased with my time outside in the chilly cloudy air, covered in dirt, swearing at the rocks and roots and clay. And I just enjoyed a lovely whirlpool bath (embarrassed to say our new home has one and I've never used it before), and all is right with the world.
|I suck at "before" pictures. I'd already started digging out the stuff to the left of that post, but you can see all the crap still to be ripped out.|
|SOOOO MUCH WEEDINESS. This is a pretty good "before," actually|
|FOUR wheelbarrowsful of roots and weeds and stuff. Kept the rocks though, for wall-ish stuff.|
|Hoo-eeee! No more crap weeds! And look at all that lovely stuff!|
|Hard to see, but there's 3 hummingbird mints, a false ageratum, a russian sage, 3 Cheyenne Sky switchgrasses, 1 ruby slippers switchgrass, and 3 ice dancer sedge grass. Plus two bleeding hearts you can't see.|
|Trying to fake a retaining wall of rocks from my rock farm. I fear my driveway will never not be muddy. I also realize that now I need to mulch all this...|
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