Thursday, July 23, 2009


Backyard gardens are so lovely to relax in.

Unfortunately, they're also a pain in the butt to build and maintain. My goal is to take the piece of crap that I was presented with when I moved in and transform it into something simple that looks clean, orderly, pleasant and requires pretty minimal work.

Of course, that means a lot of work.

The work was started by me and mostly my parents, cleaning up all the debris. That was weeks/months ago. And then, a couple of weeks ago, my dad worked on grading the soil and laying patio stones. I also pruned and weeded my garden a bit and have tended to a few things, but really not done much beyond that.

Tuesday I found myself at the Loblaws Garden Centre's closing-down sale. Plants for a dollar. ONE DOLLAR for a TREE for goddessakes!? Well, I couldn't even take it because it was too big to just carry home with me. Instead, I scooped up as many 75%-off perennials as I could carry and hurried home. I grabbed my Chinese cart and rushed back, watching the clock. I got there with 10 minutes to pick out my garden.

I got a euonymous bush for $3, Alberta pines for $1/ea, a couple of chrysanthymums for $2 total and another bunch of flowering perennials for for $2 total.

And tonight, I filled all my flower pots outside with my new treasures. I'm a little covered in mosquito bites. But I've mostly weeded and raked away all the refuse from my giant silver maple.

And now I wait to see if my crappy gardening skills will yield a fruitful peaceful garden. Or if my sore back will all be for naught.

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