Sunday, April 14, 2013

Garden Cleaning...

Earlier this week I sent out a post asking YOU, my lovely followers, to stick with me...and a few of you commented that you would!!!

That made me so HAPPY!

I have  had a project this week, that wasn't the most fun...but a necessary part of my life every year...


We have many different gardens on our was a passion of mine when the kids were smaller and I was spending so much time outside with continued on through their teen years when they were off with their friends.  Now it seems more like a chore than anything else...and something I am hoping to simplify.

Don't get me wrong I love the gardens mid summer when they are looking like this...

...all lush and beautiful and green.

But to get to that point, I inevitably, have to clean them out every spring.

I don't use fancy equipment...just a rake and some pruning sheers...but there is a new piece of equipment that I have had to use the last couple of years that really doesn't make me too happy...

Sorry for the furrowed brow - it was overcast earlier this week but very bright out that day....Pfft - who am I kidding...that look is one of frustration at having to wear this lovely mask now when I am working in the yard...

You see - stem cell transplant patients, like myself, are susceptible to getting lung problems quite easily and nothing speeds that up than leaf mold and microbes found in the dirt...So - as a precaution I use a mask when I do my yard work now...(sorry if I scared anyone with that picture!!)

I raked all the leaves and debris into piles in the yard and when McG got home from work that day he helped me by picking them up - that is something he does for me - because I'm really not supposed to play in the leaves...

I found many treasures under the leaves...including some daffodils that are just about to bloom...

It's been raining and cold here since I uncovered the gardens.  I am hoping that everything that has spouted up will be ok without the layer of leaves to keep them warm...

The yard looks much cleaner and more up-kept now...You can see the irises and tulips already up here on the side of the house.

I have one garden bed left to clean...hopefully it will be a bit drier and warmer this week and I will be able to get that one cleaned out.

I can't wait to show you the garden as it develops this spring and summer...that is, if it ever gets here!!!

Happy Sunday!



  1. Yard work is a neverending chore (or pleasure) isn't it!!?? Looking forward to watching it come to life!~~Angela

  2. I haven't been able to get outside yet do to the cleaning and pressure washing...I love that huge rattan or branch ball you hav hanging in the tree. what is it?

    1. Christine that's a big grapevine sphere - I found it along the road one day last summer - someone had it in their garbage...I picked it up and brought it home...I'm actually going to make an outdoor light with it I think

  3. Hold in its coming! It's already in the 80s here!


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