It's been a month since my last post.... what have I been up to?
A whole bunch of this last month has been spent around the house and yard. We have had a really warm, dry, spring to date. We hit the high 70's and low 80's last week. I'm not sad that it's raining today and will do so most of this next week. My plants really need it. The ground had turned to concrete around the weeds.... so I'm hoping I can finish pulling with some softer soil.
We live on an acre and a quarter. This means that I have plenty of weeds to attack, both with hand pulling and by spraying. With nearly 15,000 square feet of gravel driveways and parking area, it took me nearly two days to spray with my backpack sprayer. It is too cumbersome to wear and pump... so I've rigged it to my hand truck on buckets. It works pretty good!
|You can see that there are plenty of weeds in this gravel!|
The front concrete driveway has been pressure washed. Still to pressure wash: back patio, patio furniture, upper deck, stairs to shop and shop front.
I've gotten all my flower pots planted and they have thoroughly enjoyed the three weeks of warm sunshine. I went with multi-colored petunias this year. They looked really cheerful when I was ready to purchase. It was so wet when it was time to buy basket fillers and trailers.... I missed out on many of my favorites.
I did find the small bistro set for the covered deck area. It now sports new area rugs, the bistro set and a new, smaller gas grill which replaces the big one that gave up this last fall.
These were divided last fall when I moved them from an area that was too hot between two concrete areas where I don't water often enough. 70 of them in gallon containers. Roots are not pot full yet.... but they are looking good! I do not know the species name, because these came from my niece's yard and they were already there when she moved in. They do get a white flower that is later than the purple ones on my other Hostas.