Friday, June 17, 2016

Favorites in the backyard

This week has been mostly about working in the yard and the gardens. That is with the exception of the two days that Dan and I were knocked flat from some awful, vile bug that hit us out of nowhere. If there's a good thing about being that sick, it's the relief of feeling ALL better when it's over, and life is just so beautiful again!

So, bugs aside, we have been mulching and putting up borders, and adding another garden bed or two in the backyard. Dan is working on a privacy fence on the edge of the patio, and we have plans for a pergola if it ever comes in at the local home improvement store. And in the next few weeks, we are getting a sprinkler system installed in the backyard. We've also hired a crew (Emily and Marcus!) to do some of the work for us. Included in their fee is babysitting and a meal or two, but we're good with that.

My enthusiasm for all these projects is spurred on by the results of last year's efforts and seeing perennials coming back bigger and stronger.  My blessings this week all involve the garden.

1. Lilly watching the peppers grow.  This is one of the areas that we mulched, with free mulch from the city.  The city sponsors a drop-off site for Christmas trees and tree limbs, then turns it into mulch that they give away for free.  It's been a blessing to us, as we have so many areas in our yard that can use it.

2.  This shrub rose, called yellow submarine, was planted last summer and has grown leaps and bounds.

3.  I'm so happy with how the lupine came back and is really starting to spread.

4.  On our trip to Cather country last summer, I snitched a couple of dying marigolds for the seeds.  I spread them out through different areas in the gardens and also planted a few in Abby's dish. The little fairy silhouette is something Dan's mom gave me years ago.  She had more faith in my gardening attempts than I did, as none of my houseplants ever survived.  I have better luck growing things outdoors.

5.  This little treasure hangs by the door on our back porch.  Dan's dad made it when he was probably about 8 or 9 years old.  (On the door, it reads, "Please Leave A Note.")  It just blesses me whenever I look at it and think of Paul.

That's my week.  How was yours?  Link up with Susanne and the Friday Fave Five crew, and share!



Willow said...

What a cute note leaving house! I love the instructions--leave the pencil in the chimney!!
I have to bow in homage to you if you can grow peppers! We have tried and tried without success :( Not sure why...
Enjoy your days and weekend in the garden!

ellen b said...

Such a cute project from Dan's father. Sweet. We've been working out in the yard and today we are moaning every time we move. Hope you have a nice weekend!

Mari said...

I love that little house! It's cute, but with the added sentimental value, it's even better!

Barbara H. said...

Love that little note house! I am not good with house plants either, but somehow outdoor plants seem to survive better for me. What a great plan the city has for mulch! Your garden and flowers look great. I like that kind of bartering for work. :-)

Wendy said...

Glad you're feeling better. I love that rose. I planted lupins this year but they haven't done very well.

Mereknits said...

So sorry you have been ill, this week was depressing enough without that on top of it all.
Hugs and get better,

Laura Lane said...

What a wonderful yard you have. The rose is perfectly fabulous. So glad you shared it.
Be blessed,
Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

susan said...

I'm so glad you're feeling better and have been able to work in your garden, Karen. It's a peaceful place to be after all that went on this week. Your rose is spectacular!

Faith said...

oh i just love yr " leave a note" hanger!!!! so cute!

it sounds like you had a lovely week.....gorgeous color of that rose!!

Susanne said...

Does Lily watching the peppers grow make them come up faster? So cute. Love your little gardening beds. Glad you are feeling better and able to enjoy working in your garden. Love the color of the rose and lupine!