For the last 2 weeks I've been going a little crazy in the garden. Photographic proof of that follows. One of my new year resolutions was to grow a vegetable garden but I've somewhat abandoned that idea and instead decided to whip the garden I do have into shape. My first thoughts when walking the property and making lists was to hire someone to come in and do a big general clean up. That way I could start fresh and keep things maintained. But then I abandoned that idea and put my boots and gloves on and just went at it. Just like paying down my mortgage, I had another elephant to eat. As most of you know this garden is over 120 years old and has many invasive plants in it. The photos really don't show just how much work is involved. I "think" I'm about 1/2 way done. Who am I kidding? Things are growing out of control right now as I type.
I thinned the ferns in the front bed. This is quite a job that I've been putting off. Hopefully come spring, it'll look better than this.
Hard pruned those rose trees along the fences. I've never done those before so who knows when the last time that was done. My guess would be 20+ years ago. While trimming the roses along that front fence I fell off the ladder into a lovely combination of roses and holly. Could old Henry and Gertrude have planted more sharp plants? I had 5 thorns stuck in my arm pit for 2 days.
While digging the ferns up I found this Camelia that my friend M gave me when we moved in. It's been buried in those ferns for at least 5 years.
The geraniums all got a general clean up which was super easy.
Ok this is what I call my yoga garden. As you can see there is no lawn here. When we first moved in and attacked this area we planted grass but it was the wrong kind. So no lawn, no yoga. After about 4 days in here getting rid of bamboo, trimming ivy, segos and removing all kinds of natural debris, I'm ready to put some drought tolerant grass seeds down.
Bamboo bamboo bamboo bambooschmoo.
Pretty geranium just because.
Believe it or not this is the after snap of the laundry garden. It was bad. A giant rando yucca plant had gone crazy and I tore it out. The grass here needs some help too. In case you are wondering...that is a 150 year old pepper tree.
I gave up filling the trash cans and resorted to this. Week 1 photo.
Week 2 photo.
Pretty orchids hanging out doing their thang.
Rose garden. All involved are pruned, fresh wells dug and fed.
So today dear friends I'm resting my back. My bread is in the oven baking and later I'm taking a soak in a hot tub with epsom salts and lavender. I may sit in the garden and admire but I am not picking up a single garden tool. I'm not, I'm not, I'm not.