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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Landscape project

We finally tackled a project that we've been thinking of doing for quite some time. This multi-trunk tree is a beautiful accent to our yard but is a pain in the @$$ to mow around.  In fact, the last time I mowed around it I bent the throttle linkage on the mower from bashing into in the wrong way. Whoops!

Mr. G and I have no landscaping experience. We didn't have a clue what we were doing. During the process there was lots of sweat, a couple trips to Home Depot and a few cuss words muttered.

Today I planted the annuals, I picked up at 75% off, in pots. I decided to wait to plant perennials until next year. I have lots of hostas in need of division for starters.

I used a trick I learned on Pinterest for the pots.  Place a coffee filter in the bottom of the pots instead of a terracotta shard or rock to block the drainage hole. Genius!

The kids have been having a blast with all the trimmings around the yard as well. They've created some sort of "survivor-hunger games" type scenario. We've had up to 5 kiddos playing peacefully together with a 10 yr age span in total. Amazing!!

I love the imagination they can muster...check out the "campfire" with cooking spit.  



Nancy said...

I love your new garden :) and isn't it great what the kids have going--super spot they've got :)

Dandelion and Daisy said...

Kids have such great imaginations, ya' got to love it. Best new toys they have had in a long time! You're really dressing up your tree. It will look great when you are finished and save the mowing mishaps.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I've done the coffee filter thing for years. It really IS brilliant.

So I'm a bit lost, not knowing much about survivor/hunger games. Does that have something to do with the tree branches over the slide? Or have I missed the point?

As always, I am very, very impressed with your photography skills. It takes lots of patience and knowledge of your camera to get photos of these kids without showing their faces. BRILLIANT.

BTW, your tree reminds me of how my neighbor did his tree. He is also using annuals this year, the first for him, too.

Stacie (craft-princess) said...

The landscaping project turned out great! And such imaginations with the kiddos...so nice to see them out and about unlike most that just sit and stare at a TV! Love the fire pit! :)

~*~Patty S said...

your sweat and hard work paid off ... it looks wonderful and it's a bonus that you can trim around it now with lots less trouble

Fun to see your youngins enjoying summer and being outdoors too!

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