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.
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.