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Monday, April 25, 2005

Not-so-clean Sweep

This was another busy weekend. Saturday morning, Darwin worked on the gutter again and thought he had it fixed, but it rained that night and was still dripping. So he has to think about it some more. We're hoping we don't have to replace that whole section of gutter.

The dealership where we bought our cars (we both have Mazdas) was having a customer appreciation day on Saturday, so we took my car to town for a free oil change and had free lunch. Since we were in town, we went to the mall and to K-mart ... woo-hoo, we are fancy now! :) At K-mart I bought some seeds for flowering vines and a "meadow flower mix." Did you know the Martha Stewart collection even extends to gardening?

I'm really getting into this gardening thing, to Darwin's increasing displeasure. We're doing the Clean Sweep method of gardening. Get rid of the extraneous crap and replace with a more streamlined, more attractive arrangement of plants. It's not quite as easy as de-cluttering in your house. You have to saw and dig and haul and get dirty ... and sometimes you even see an earthworm. Yeeeeuugghghh.

On Saturday and Sunday we (mostly he) dug up two half-dead bushes that were in the way by the front porch. We replaced them with the two free forsythias I got with my order from the National Arbor Day Foundation.

We had dinner at my parents' house on Sunday (fried tilapia ... mmm), and I noticed three cute little bushes in their front yard. They had pale purple flowers and smelled nice. Mom said Dad wanted to get rid of them so he wouldn't have to mow around them. I offered to take 'em off their hands. Darwin didn't want to dig them up and fill in the holes, but I have a foolproof method of persuading him to do what I want. (No, it does not involve striptease.)

I fetched the shovel and tried to do it myself. But with my dad and Darwin around, they just HAD to take over and do it the "right" way. It's a good thing because I could only get the shovel to go about an inch in the ground. I blamed it on their hard, dry dirt - not like our soft, moist Black Belt soil - but really I need to work on my technique. :)

When we got home, we (again, mostly he) planted them at the back of the house. Most of the plants in our yard are at the side or front, so we thought it'd be nice to have something pretty and nice-smelling where we come and go the most.

By the way, look at Darwin's new haircut. He insisted I cut his hair on the shortest setting this time because he gets hot in his hardhat at work. Eeek, I'm not too sure about this.

My parents also gave us two pots of marigolds leftover from my dad's own planting spree. We planted them in the concrete urns the POs left on the front steps.

The forsythias are planted on either side of the steps, but they're too little to see in this photo. Anybody know how fast these things grow?



Greg said...

I fought with one my gutters for a year. It turned out it was going down hill just passed the down spout. Most of it worked fine but the last 2 feet never drained and it would over-flow in to the wall (Actually the porch roof, in my case). I propped it up and attached small blocks to the fascia to hold it up. Problem solved.

3:21 PM  
misschrisc said...

Oh it seems like such fun all of this yardwork. We of the poor who have no yard and must plant in pots everywhere are very envious. Such a cute entryway! I think I'd have to cover every inch of those steps (the sides where you have the marigolds) with potted flowers of some sort. Prefereable cascading, bushy ones. It would just be too tempting not to!

3:46 AM  
Chris said...

I have the same foulproof method for getting things done around the house. But shhhhh, don't let the secret out ;-)

We are doing the same sort of gardening here at our house. The previous owner planted lots of beautiful plants, but there is no rhyme or reason to where they are planted. Some we have moved, but some are just easier to give away and begin over.

6:42 PM  
Jordana said...

Oooh. I want your front steps. We have wooden ones and they have not weathered well.

8:46 AM  
Kristin said...

Thanks guys. I love our front steps, too. The porch is wood, and it is seriously weathered where the rain hits it. We have gutters, but the rain blows in on it.

9:27 AM  

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