However, my husbands job is already about twenty minutes from the house on the south side of town, mine is halfway to his, about ten minutes. We're hoping in the next couple years we can move to a house closer to his work and ultimately a bit closer to mine.
To that end, there are some improvements that need to be made in order to give the house more long term curb appeal. The front yard is... bleh.
So! This weekend I decided the yard needed to be improved. The lot is sort of a pie wedge shape with a small backyard. My front yard is fairly large and screwed up. Flowerbeds either mud or overgrown with grass. I wish this was a mini yard. It might take me longer but it would be easier on my back.
Let's get one thing straight. I don't like annuals. I don't like to pay a bunch of money for something that'll just die in one season. So I go for perennials every time.
Just one problem, and this is an irony considering I live in Texas, I've got a yard full of oak trees and it's full of shade. There are not a lot of shade loving perennials.
So I went to a very nice place called Calloways and bought perennials during my lunch on Friday. We had a lot of rain Friday night so I didn't feel bad about letting them sit on my porch until this morning.
By the way, I've mentioned that North Texas hates me? There's nothing quite like being exhausted, aching because digging and raking are not my thing, and having your eyes foggy and watering. Not to mention an alternately stuffy and drippy nose. How does that even happen? Aren't those two things contradictory?
But I did get all four flowerbeds finished. At least as much as I could. I'd like to add a few more plants but that can wait for a while.
I've also mentioned to screw up my back, but I don't have to do anything in the yard for a while. And as I'm writing this being inside seems to help my eyes and nose to normalize. So I'm at my regular level of North Texas hating me. I'll take it. It felt like my yard was declaring war.
|This spot got hastas, foxglove and yarrow, with some space for the day lilies to grow in.|
|The stones don't look gorgeous but I'm told ajunca takes over so hopefully the stone will be hidden. And the stupid weed tree cut down and killed. And I added some impatiens since they were cheap.|
|A hasta, some hydrangeas and some petunias.|
|This is near the corner of the driveway and is one of the only spots in the yard that gets full sun, so Shasta Daisies, lavender and...|
This was about four and a half hours worth of work, not including hauling and shopping. I've got some sort of grass that puts down roots and sends out shooters that also take root. I think its Bermuda grass but I can't be sure.
All I know is that its irritating and clearing that tiny space seemed to take forever. I really need to get some more soil and add it to the flowerbeds before I bring in any more plants.
That will be far in the future. The only saving grace of today was that it was only in the mid sixties today and I didn't get heatstroke.
Maybe tomorrow I'll have the energy to get back to minis.