Friday, May 13, 2011

Getting Things Done At Last

FINALLY taking down this pine tree, it has been threatened to fall over since we moved here. One side was coming  2 feet out of the ground during a storm...creepiest thing I ever saw!

Young Grasshopper looks on as the master prepares his cut.

...and she is down! Missing both the house & the garden, nice job!

When you take one tree down, you have to plant a new one, or at least I think that sounds like a good plan, don't you?

This pic was taking a few weeks ago ( I can't believe the difference in the trees/leaves already!!!) I have finally gotten around to finishing (kind of) this piece off. I still want the wall higher around the new tree, with plans to build a wall in the back, also need to get the old chiminea over the corner so I can't put some flowers in there once the white irises are done. Now if I could morph into the Incredible Hulk now & then  life would be soooooooo much easier! Me & my big ideas just don't have big guns to pull them off without a lot of "back outs" & pulled muscles.....

Another old piece given a new life. Got this at the end of summer a couple of years ago for $7.50. Being unemployed I pulled the plug for the fountain, I might of gotten it dirt cheap but it still costs to run it! So I put a stake in the ground & put the fountain over it to keep it up when we have one of our infamous "winds" here, it just is a freak thing in our yard, I swear. Can't have any kind of tent structure here PERIOD. Anyway, been filling this up with hens & chicks & any other succulents I come by...yeah....I'm continuing my new fondness for them since last year.

Just a little bit of "yard art" has become yet another obsession to find the cool & unusual for my gardens. Hit the local flea market on Wen. & almost fainted at one table. Every piece was made of metal, iron, etc......gorgeous big door knocker shaped like the "Green Man", another shaped like a roaring lion's head, fancy gates, candelabras, chandeliers...oh it was just so awesome, but I believe the guy knew it so his prices were to high for me.  He told me a lot of people "like this stuff for their gardens".....and I thought to myself "NO SH** Sherlock, why do you think I'm standing here drooling like an idiot"....he so had me pegged and I was on to his playing dumb innocent vendor malarkey...jerk. So yeah, I walked away, all the while trying to come up with some kind of divine scenario that would justify an insane purchase that would do nothing but look absolutely magnificent in my garden. I could already see the looks of pure envy to all , and anyone, lucky enough to grace my garden.....

So here sits my backyard salvation. Mulch only started on the far side in this pic, but actually done now. I had to spray the dreaded Round Up to get some kind of control of the over populating dandelions that were taking over this inside area. Now I need some quarry dust to get the sitting area done once & for all.

Well today I switched vehicles with the hubby so I could have the truck to pick up any good finds (which also meant I left my camera in the car). I got a couple of pallets, & hoping the spot puts some more of the gazillion they have stacked by their store. Especially since they saw me taking them!!! HINT HINT.  As usual, I have all these  ideas & plans, I just need more time, more supplies and etc etc etc. I need a potting bench and being an unemployed student, I came up with the idea to use pallets. Searching the web I found some really cool things made from pallets: click here to check some out some of the ideas and this one for the potting bench. Of course I have a whole list of other stuff I want to make to!
Last final & class was on Monday, so I am officially on break till the 23rd. I thought the first day I would just chillax in the garden reading magazines & dreaming, but instead I got fidgety and starting mulching, and mulching, and planting flowers and mulching. You what that means right? I wasn't worth diddly by the end of the day, my back was shot. Same for the next day, so I mowed the lawn instead and got more flowers to plant. Monday night when I came home, I pulled in the driveway to see that my husband decided to take down the other in  tree in front of the house. Now it looks naked and the front garden really sticks out. That garden that I neglect the most because I hang out in the backyard......I AM allowed to have favorites if I want right??? Anyway, guess it's time to get "that" garden done & finished once & for all. I am even putting down weedblock, and I mean the good stuff to, to keep it more maintenance free. Time to get back to work. Hoping everything will be done (HAHAHHAHAHAHHHAH) before it's time to go back to school.


ann said...

What a lovely garden. You will enjoy it so much.

Casa Mariposa said...

Your comments about the guy at the flea mearket cracked me up!! What are you studying?

Crafty Gardener said...

I love how you used the old fountain as a planter for succlents. Hope that new tree grows well.
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