First and foremost, the chocolates are gone. I had to make one quick trip to the post office to mail off the 2 boxes to a town in FL that has the same name as a town in Russia, but all is good. For some reason PayPal didn’t like that particular town. And when I mentioned it to the dude at the post office he looked at me as if I had at that very moment grown a third head. When I returned home I found the stack of boxes on my front stoop gone. I can’t tell you how happy I was to see them go. As of this morning I am still out $608. No amount of alcohol brought that back last night. And did you know that you can’t squeeze a wine bottle to get more out? Who knew. The USPS gets 12 hours to give me my money back or I am raising holy hell.
Enough of that whole the United States Postal Service ripped $608 off from me. On to better subjects.
I am going to take you on a tour of my garden. I would get all fancy and stuff and do one of those slide show things, but it’s like 75 degrees outside and I don’t want to be sitting here in front of my computer. I started writing about pruning and quickly realized that I lack the grey matter to formulate a coherent post on the subject. I then wrote a post on how to create a moss basket, but I have to resize all the photos and I’m too lazy for that today. Instead you get a tour of my garden. Or more specifically one section of it.
We bought our house 3 years ago. We looked at so many houses before finding one that was in a good neighborhood, the right size and affordable. I found on out near the water that I liked, but it was too stinking small. That isn’t to say that we haven’t quickly outgrown this house. The first time we looked at our house I peered through the windows and said no way in hell. The kitchen was waaaay too small. It still is. But somehow we convinced ourselves to take a look inside. The interior of our house looked like 1986 threw up. There was nasty blue stained carpet, ugly wall paper and that kitchen. Oh is was bad buddy. The outside was seriously lacking as well.
Despite its complete lack of charm, we could still see that there was something there. Through lots of hard work and tons of money, we have made our house into something worth living in. Even if it is a little small.
When we first moved in I didn’t work outside the home. I was busy doing landscape design for people. I have to say that it is easy to design someone else’s landscape, but designing my own has been next to impossible. That first winter I spent nearly every day ripping out plant material. Dane the Dumbass previous homeowner didn’t leave me much to work with. That first year I pulled out a huge Honeysuckle hedge, some weird juniper thing an Acuba (that keeps trying to grow back) and 2 Rhododendrons. Not to mention about 20 cubic tons of English Ivy and Vinca Vine. My neighbor drove by one day and saw me pulling out Lithodora like no one’s business and gasped with horror. The amount I have now is significant, but I’ve pulled out so much more. When all was said and done with my plant massacre we had a pile of stuff 20 feet long, 10 feet wide and about 5 feet tall. buried in that pile was 1/2 of our lawn.
I got the bright idea one day to rent a sod cutter. The trusty husband came home early one day and cut out 1/2 of the grass. It took us weeks to pick all the clumps up.
The shape of the lawn was the only thing I was able to actually design. Everything else is just thrown in because I thought it was pretty. I’ve dug up plants and moved them. I have more orange Daylilies than I know what to do with. I added 2 trees the first year and then a weeping cherry this year. Most of my garden is deciduous, meaning it loses it’s leaves. It isn’t the prettiest picture in the winter, but in the spring and summer it is gorgeous. I like it. And I keep adding to it. The weeding kills me, but I do it anyway. When it isn’t to the point of threatening to smother me in my sleep I like pulling out the unsavory characters.
So here you go… my garden from the time we bought our house to this morning. This is just one view.
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