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Onto the Front Yard

At this point, the backyard is looking pretty good, despite the fact that there is no grass.  I planted grass seed and put a layer of dirt over the top of the seed (since we have quite the surplus!), and now I’m just waiting to see some sprouts.  You have to keep the seed really moist while it germinates so I’m doing lots of watering and trying to keep the animals out of that area so the seed stays where it’s supposed to.

I thought it would be a good idea to get started on the front yard while I was in the yard work mode.  Gotta keep that momentum going!  I found more of the stone buried in the backyard- there is no end to this stuff- so I decided to use that in the front yard too.  It kind of matches the stone of the house so I thought it might work out.

Here is a pic of the front garden area prior to tearing anything up.

Here is a close-up of the part that I want to tear out- the multi-colored, bulkhead-like border to the garden.  I don’t know why it bothers me so much, but I think it’s because it looks so stiff and also because the colors don’t go with the house or the plants.

I really wish she hadn’t anchored these things in concrete, but I was able to get them out anyway.  I think it already looks better at this point, and you can see the peonies!  One of them opened up this morning so I think more will follow when the sun comes out.

And the start of the new bed…

This is as far as I got yesterday, and today or tomorrow I’m going to enlist Jimmee to help me get the rest of the dirt moved.  I don’t think I can move another load at this point.  I look at the pile, and sometimes I envision myself with a cane and white hair still moving loads of dirt.  I think I had a dream about that last night, and I woke up sweating and nervous.  That pile just looms right outside of the bedroom window.

I’m excited to do some more plant shopping next week, and this time I will have more options because the front gets a lot more sun.  It seems like there are so many more options for full/partial sun beds than for shade, but I still love those shade plants.

Okay, well I’ll leave you with a picture from our neighbor’s yard.  Their clematis is blooming, and it looks so pretty!

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