I’m whipped in a good way and made a major accomplishment with the aid of my wonderful husband today.
This is the area outside the yard on the right side of the house that I’ve planned a perennial flower bed.
Hubby leveled it out for me and tore out a huge maple stump that had been rotting for years.
It needed to be tilled up and worked down.
A friend of ours gave us some old railroad ties to use around the bed.
They will be used to contain the flower bed and to use as a guard to keep the chickens out while the bed is being established.
This morning hubby tilled up the entire area for me and afterwards I worked for three hours raking, leveling, pushing, prodding and now we have a really nice bed to show off some of my favorite flowers.
The black paper is two sheets wide and held down with metal stakes that Eddie made from 8″ aluminum nail spikes.
It’s about 25 ft long and 4 ft wide.
I packed the dirt on the outside perimeter to keep the chickens from scratching it up and to level the ground so I can mow close to it.
The ties have been placed around the area after I covered it with black garden paper.
It turned out a lot bigger than I had originally planned but it will be beautiful when all the plants are up and blooming.
This is a view from inside the yard looking out.
This is a view from the driveway.
I’ll be filling it full of tall flowers of hollyhocks, hibiscus, and coneflower and others as I find what I want but they’ll all be perennials and I’m planning to put a snowball bush as the end closest to the driveway but on the outside of the bed. There’s a young peach tree full of pink buds today at the other end of the bed. I will be planting all of the seeds in a couple of weeks after we warm up just a little bit more. I have a friend in Colorado that has just had another snowfall and I want to wait for that system to pass us by.
This is a view of the house from our gazebo.
I think it’s going to be beautiful and will show off the side of the house as well. I can’t put a lot of perennials in the yard because there’s too much shade but this bed will get sun all day and will be somewhat protected from the north and west winds.