I had a date this morning – with 40 bags of Grade A cedar mulch. Fortunately I didn’t have to tackle it alone. My husband opened and poured while I raked and spread.
Just to recap………
Next came a back wrenching day with the sod cutter that gave us this….
Then the native plants were in place and the soaker hose laid down….
And today- ta da!!!- mulch!!
Here are a couple of closeups….
Here is the complete list of natives we planted: purple muhly grass, prairie rose, hibiscus, penstemon, goldenrod, coneflower, blue sage, joe pye, bergamot, beautyberry, false indigo, Ozark bluestar and prairie blazing star. And of course, an Eastern redbud tree. I don’t expect any blooms this year, but everything is still healthy after being in the ground almost two weeks.
So…..on to the next project. No rest of the wicked. Since we still had a LITTLE energy left after laying the mulch, we cleaned the old mulch and inches of spilled birdseed out of the old beds next to the patio and spread mulch on them. Oh, did I mention that we only used 29 of the 40 bags. There was no way we could have used them all – and I cut down the number from the 50 the landscaper told me to buy. Then around to the front yard where I planted this is my grandmother’s old washpot.
My husband cut the seat out of this old chair in the large bed in the front. I zip-tied a basket with coconut husk liner, but ran out of potting soil. I’m not sure what I’m going to plant in it. There’s not much to choose from for shade plants.
Speaking of potting soil, I’ve never really found one I like that will hold moisture. I found this at Organics OKC. Pricey, but hopefully worth it.
I’m off to email my native plant images to Habitat Hero in Colorado. Although Oklahoma doesn’t have a local chapter, they are interested in native gardens everywhere. Susan J. Tweit is one of the founders. She’s been my inspiration.
So,what else is on the list….vacuum, clean bathrooms (ugh), laundry, fresh sheets on the bed, work on baby quilt….refill tea glass, lay down, turn on Netflix, watch episode of Foyle’s War. Yeah, I like that list better :).
Simple blessings to all!