On Valentines Day, Marty and I spent the day buying and planting plants for the front of our house. It was sooo romantic. Ok, well maybe romantic isn't the word, but it was so much fun. I was just in heaven! I was so happy to have my hands in the dirt, and beautifying the exterior of our house, which up until then was just dirt EVERYWHERE! We hired some people to level out the dirt piles, and make the yard bigger and flatter by pulling down the slopes, however as they were working it started snowing! After an inch and half they finally had to quit (Feb 11th) and haven't been back since :o( The ground is just too wet to work in. We have to bring loads and loads of top soil in to cover the whole yard as the soil is so clayish. urgh! But at least we'll have nice looking gardens and a nice looking lawn (when the ground finally dries out!)
We were able to finish things up around the house though, adding another parking spot near the stairs, and plants along the house--mostly Heleboures, and Euphorbia, in all different colors and varieties. They are easy to grow, and deer resistent! They cost us an arm and a leg, but they makes me happy to see them, every time I pull up to the house, so I guess its worth it.
Last weekend we also bought 8 fruit trees (pear, cherry's, peach, apples, and a plum) and a lilac tree and planted them around the outskirts of the yard (where the machines wouldn't be working), and then I filled up my car at Home Depot on Monday with lots of Azaela's (I could buy 5 Azaelas for the price of 1 Helleboure!), Rhodedendrons, a Magnolia tree, and Daphnes. The man that helped me load them in my car, couldn't believe they'd all fit, but then he doesn't know my mad packing/organizing skills I pick up from living in a 350 sq ft cabin with my husband and chocolate lab!
Then yesterday we drove up to Marysville with 2 trucks and picked up a play structure we found on Craigslist. Wish I had taken a picture of it loaded in the trucks. We tried to keep it put together as much as possible, we kept the playhouse/fort piece all together (needless to say we had to pay an overheight charge for the ferry). As soon as the soil dries out we'll put woodchips down and set it up. I'm sure the preschool children are going to love it! Of course since we had a truck, I couldn't pass up the chance to pick up more plants, so we got yet more Azaela's and Rhodedendrons, as well as a white Camila. Can't wait to get out and plant everything!!
Well that's all I have for now. Will add more pictures when I get all my plants in the ground. Hope everyone is doing well. Love you all! --Jenny
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