Like I mentioned Monday, Chris and I have been knee deep in yard work recently, but we’ve actually been enjoying it (minus a bout of poison ivy).
Our biggest yard project so far has been taming the bank on the side of our house, which was/is totally overrun with weeds. We’re not anywhere near finished yet, but have slowly been making our way through it, turning up and pulling out the weeds and planting ground cover, which we’re hoping will keep weeds away, prevent erosion, and look neat and tidy.
So, on Sunday, we headed to Wells Nursery and Greenhouses to get some flats of ground cover and also pick up some plants to put in the raised bed garden that we made. I was in heaven at the nursery! I have never seen such a huge nursery with such an amazing selection of plants. I could have easily spent half my salary there picking up magnolia, gardenia, and peony trees (I didn’t even know peonies came in tree form?!), and every kind of herb imaginable. (Did you know that there are orange, pineapple, apple, and chocolate varieties of mint?)
The place sprawls on forever!
This gardenia bloom smelled divine!
Hanging baskets galore.
Herbs & aloe.
We ended up purchasing three flats of ground cover, as well as plants of lettuce, yellow peppers, roma tomatoes, cucumbers, and carrot seeds.
When we got home, Chris constructed our raised bed garden, which was as easy as nailing four boards together. We turned up the soil where we wanted to place the raised bed garden, filled it with a mix of peat, manure, and top soil, and planted our veggies, in hopes that they grow and the rabbits don’t eat them.
Digging up the garden.
Fingers crossed they grow!
We then spent the rest of the day planting our ivy and tackling the weeds. My arms and back are sore this week from all of the work, but it’s so satisfying seeing our progress (and getting compliments and encouragement from our neighbors!).