5.27.2008

Yard Work

I've been reading blogs and seeing what everyone else got done this weekend, and our weekend was a little quiet in comparison. We did [OK, to be fair, Mark did!] get a lot done on Saturday for sure. Our front yard has a little flower bed/box thing right in front of the house. It's been custom done with a limestone surround and as long as we've lived here [3 1/2 years now] it's been this overgrown mess of bushes. For me, the only thing I even liked in that flower box was the crazy rose bush in the corner. It's in full flower pretty much the whole year. Mark cuts it way back every now and again, and even that doesn't slow it down. And I'm a fan of that rose bush. I love the thing. I have always hated the rest of the bushes in that box but love that rose bush.

So Saturday, Mark put on his work clothes and went out to tackle the front flower box. He literally dug up every single bush in that flower bed [and there were many - I don't even know how many there were. That was part of the problem - the original owners way over-planted for that space and it was a jungle for the past little while. Too much foliage!]. He transplanted probably 5 or 6 of them in the back yard [where he did all the work last year] but the rest of what was in front is gone for good. Then we made our 3 [count 'em, three!] obligatory trips to Home Depot [OK, one trip was to Lowe's but I count it as all the same place] and came away with 6 new rose bushes in a variety of colors, lots of soil in which to plant these rose bushes, and mulch to make it pretty once he was done with it all.

And it looks beautiful. My biggest regret is that we didn't take 'before and after' pictures. I can do 'after' but you wouldn't understand what a change it is so I won't. But take my word for it -- it looks great and I am loving it.

Now I can't wait till some of the new rose bushes get crazy like the old one.

**picture is a close-up of one bloom on the crazy rose bush

13 comments:

Jori said...

How pretty! I love the picture of your rose. I am so lazy when it comes to yard work.

hoLLy said...

doesn't it feel good to get yardwork done? its work, but in the end its such a good feeling when everything looks so fresh and clipped. that picture of the rose is gorgeous!

Mia said...

How great to have that work done with! I am sure you and Mark are so happy and relieved. The rose is beautiful.

Ashley said...

I'm sure all your hard work looks beautiful. Great job!!

Marilee said...

I think my yard work will be maybe in the fall, but most likely next spring. I am just being realistic. I sure can't wait though.

We sure had a good stake conference on Sunday. It was televised Canada wide from Toronto and it was great. All of the speakers had a connection to Canada so it had a personal feel. They mentioned southern Alberta stories too. I bet your parents enjoyed it.

Emily said...

What a beautiful picture! I love rose bushes! I look forward to the day when I actually have a yard of my own to beautify.

Nat Lud said...

Gee, wish you could come help me out! I don't know how to do any of that! And I have so much of it to do. . .

Beth and Shae said...

Sounds like you had a busy Saturday. I know what you mean about three trips to the garden store. My husband is crazy now after getting our garden started. Now he was to build another box and redo part of our front yard. I don't think the madness will ever stop.

Darleen said...

We worked on one of our flower beds this weekend, so I know how much work digging and digging can be. Sounds like it looks amazing. And I love rose bushes.

Melissa said...

Can you come and do ours?

100 Percent Cottam said...

it looks fabulous! i think it turned out perfectly.

me, myself, and I said...

What a great picture! For some reason, rose bushes tend to grow like weeds down here.

Cammie said...

My husband loves yard work. It's crazy, he would weed and mow all day if he could!