Thank you all for your kind comments about my last post. I hope you all have had a nice week, and that your weekend is great. I've read that a lot of you are having beautiful weather, that you are getting into your spring gardening frame of mind, and pretty soon, all of you will be out playing in the dirt.
This morning DH and I went out early to start on our latest project. DH got this idea the other night when I told him that the centerpiece in the garden, (which was an old pedestal fountain at one time,) was sinking into the ground and I needed a base under it. He thought of using a round cement table top that we weren't using. We measured the table top, measured the area, and realized we could make it work. We had some cement border blocks that we had found a long time ago that we could use underneath, we had gravel that we could put in the center for the water to drain into from this piece. We were ready to go.
I took up the brick border the other day and this morning dug up the plants that were in this area. Then I loosened up the dirt, we tamped the soil down, drew out a circle, laid the blocks, filled the area with gravel, rolled the heavy cement table top over to the space, and gingerly laid it down, hoping for no catastrophes. We are getting older and these heavy cement pieces are not something we want to deal with very often.
After the piece was in place, we put the pedestal fountain on top, then put the cement parrot on a block inside, and put the Basket Plants back into the basin area around the bird. I replanted iris divisions at the back, and Spiderwort at the front. That flower bed never was very good, I like this much better.
We're thinking of laying another layer of roll roofing on the paths, as these are starting to crumble up. They've been there several years now, and it's been nice not having to weed wack the paths. Next time we get out the pressure cleaner, we can do the cement base under the pedestal.
I'm working at my job again tomorrow, so no playing in my gardens until later.
Notice the humongous rain barrel at the back of the garden, another curbside found piece that we've had for several years now. DH is figuring out the best way to get the gutter system hooked up to it, with a leaf/debris screen, then we'll get what supplies we need and will be good to go to collect some serious rain water. I'll either paint the barrel house color, or do some other sort of camouflage.
Here are the stones laid in place. These we also found 'curbside' shopping some time ago. I was using them as a border elsewhere.
Some views from this evening. Zone 10 ~ s.e. FL
I noticed that the Frangipani have new leaves appearing also flower buds. Crepe myrtle are also breaking out into greenery. Spring is in the air.
Every day may not be good,
but there's something good in every day.
Zone 10 ~ s.e. FL