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Our Sweet New Garden

Landscaping. We did it! It is done! A miracle really. I cannot believe all of these pretty gardens are mine (ours), really.

And all of the plants I sourced at out local non-profit’s plant sale are now in the ground! It was so nice – Mom came over to help me plant them (Dad supervised). I really wanted to get them all into the ground before the round of storms we’re supposed to have tomorrow so that they get some RAIN. They have been living in containers for a month and this is…better.

Now, for some before and afters!

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It is impossible to overstate how pleased I am by all of this. Now that everything is planted, I can honestly say I am done with gardening antics until next year besides basic watering and weeding.

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The First Raspberry

Earlier this evening, there was actually one red raspberry on this bush that looks like it will give us approximately 14 berries this year. It was so bright (and this tiny twig of a bush is so small) that I could see it from across the yard.

When Critter got home from T-Ball, I told him we needed to go see the new raspberry to which he responded “Oh the watering can.” Watering the raspberry bushes and all of our plants really is his tiny tot chore.

When we made our way down to the bushes we watered them and then stopped to admire the one red berry on the bush.

I looked at Critter and asked him if he wanted to eat it or leave it for the bunny (we have a baby bunny who lives in our yard). He chose eat it and so I plucked this one small berry off and after inspection, handed it to him.

He popped it in his mouth and gave me the biggest grin. He ate the berry from the bush he has been taking care of for the last month! He finally got to see how the thousands of raspberry he eats every year begin! Now he wants to eat the unripe ones too!

(Me: Absolutely not.)

Next year there will be more berries. There will be more edible plants. But this year this one berry is really pretty special.

How the Garden Grows.

Our garden is starting to blossom!

Apparently this Iris is pink?

I had been told to expect purple or yellow but this is nicer in my opinion.

And these are the hot pink Peonies we have.

I had never seen one like this before – after doing some research, I think it is a variety called “Mikado.”

I also have a tiny white Peony as well. This was a transplant from last fall so it will be interesting to see how it grows up!

Last but not least, the Raspberry Bushes.

Marcus accidentally weed whacked one (I know, we all mourned) but we’ll see if/how it bounces back in the next year or two.

I should probably cut down the grass between the bushes or do some sort of hoe-ing of the area so that it is just dirt. In time. I’d also like to add some rhubarb plants here and do a small, sunny jam garden that is low maintenance.

I cannot remember if I shared this, but we finally committed to a landscaper whose final quote came in SIGNIFICANTLY lower than what we were initially seeing (and he was recommended by Bruce, so legit) and our project should start in the next two or three weeks, so that is exciting! Once they’re done, I’ll be able to plant and relocate our current crop of Irises/Hostas/Day Lilies and we are going to have a pretty spiffy situation.