Well, it looks like I've over done it doing yard work, my back is out of commission! It has been nearly a week since I've been flat on my back so to speak. Just a quick note as I need to go lay down. Hopefully I'll be up and att'em in a few more days. Wow June is nealy gone!
Kyle has been bugging me lately about pruning the plumbego in our back yard near our back door. So, I decided to go ahead and do it, look he is all smiles - that's right, more green garden waste which will make his trash cans runneth over! So much for my rose bed, again, and I found out I have to make goodies for Kyle's closing ceremonies for baseball, so the apricot jam will have to wait another day. He did a great job helping me, not a lot of "managing".
Looking at this picture makes me glad love is blind!
Here I am with my trophies - four o'clocks and their huge roots! These things were buried about 1 foot deep and under our porch slab tightly squeezed next to the plumbego. I had to call in the big guns - my son Timothy, to pull the sucker out. This is only a fraction of what was in the bed. Upon reflection it was hard work, I got a few booboos and many times I wanted to call it quits, but four o' clocks aren't good for chickens so I perservered and triumphed! So many worth while things in this life require perserverence, please don't quit!
Hmm, looking at this picture makes me glad love is blind! Is this how I look to people? It must be because I was struggling with these weeds for a few frustrating hours, ya that's it. Even Kyle informed me that I was filthy and needed a shower, this picture just doesn't capture what he observed, I was pretty dirty! Overall a job well done!
This is our 'Midas Touch' hybrid tea rose bed, it needed a good cleaning so that is what I did this morning. It looks a lot better than it did a few hours ago and I have a sence of accomplishment! This rose cheerily greets those who walk up to our door, and just loves it's home and has given us many years of beautiful roses, and hopefully many more to come! The super fragrant fuschias are long gone, and the nigella were looking scraggly. . . the many weeds and encroaching grass were getting too comfy there so out they went too.
Also growing in this bed is agapanthas, their blue flowers are stunning next to the yellow rose - good job Robert! Also in this bed lemon balm lives next to an orange cosmos yet to bloom, and some struggling strawberries. Since I cleaned out the bed maybe now they will get some much needed sun! : )
Speaking of sun - here is our s-o-n Kyle waiting for his bus to arrive, and look - he matches our Nikko Blue hydrangea ta boot! As you can see he is excited about going to school today!
As soon as he saw me come around the corner dragging the trash cans and garden tools he was all aglow with chocolate brown eye shining and toothy grin-you see dear reader, Kyle loves to 'help' garden. Not only because that means he will be supervising someone, namely me, but also his beloved green waste trash can will be full to overflowing come trash day! He was actually a great help to me and the time passed quickly for him, before we knew it his bus had come to take him off to school.
Tomorrow is another day and I think I will finally get the backyard rose bed watered, put a thick layer of wet newspaper down, and covered with black plastic, ready to cook weeds all summer in hopes it will be ready for bare-root season this winter.
And if I have the strength, I'll be making more apricot jam - yum!
I was playing with my page and blog features last week and messed up my site, I guess weebly isn't Heather Zubiate fool-proof! Fixed my booboos, but I'm too tired to do anything else. I worked outside today clearing ground for the rose bed in the backyard. Then went inside and learned a bit more about chickens, apparently I have a lot of plants in the backyard that are hazardous to their health-that figures! I'll have to corral them where it is safe instead of letting them free range-oh well.
The Whittier Housewife
Welcome to my blog, dear reader. My name is Heather, and I am a full time housewife and mom living in Whittier Ca. with my wonderful husband of 20 years, and our two sons. I welcome you and hope you enjoy reading what is on my mind.