We got up this morning and went right to it. We tilled and spread compost and manure. Gosh that sounds like nothing but trust me it's not that easy!!! First I went in and started hand weeding and much to my dismay had to do more raking. Then I had to mark where all my plants were. Remember me telling you awhile back that I have so many plants because the birds or the wind carries the seed? Well, that's when plant identification comes in handy and today I had to move several larkspur into a spot so that they were all in one place and we could till around them. I also had some parsley plants and lemon balm that needed to be moved and found a bunch of Nigella plants interspersed with the white yarrow. I just left those there. They would be way too tender to separate. I tried pulling as much of the chickweed out of the Foxglove bed that I could but the Foxglove plants are so tiny right now I couldn't mess with them much. They need to get a little bigger and stronger before I try separating them out. Then we tilled and put the manure and compost down and then tilled again. We had to rake everything smooth after that and clean off all the wooden borders around the garden. We scratched around every rose I have out there and added manure and put the mulch back around them. After that we were dog tired. I went into the house and got my husband a cup of coffee, grabbed a glass of ice water for myself and walked SLOWLY back to the gazebo where we sat and moaned and groaned over how tired we were. We sat in there for awhile, rested and watched the birds swoop down into all that fresh tilled dirt and enjoy lunch.
We had 4 bluebirds out in the garden today and they were just so beautiful. A male bluebird flew into a tree that sat right beside the gazebo and it looked as though he was just sitting there listening to our conversation. We started talking to him and it was so funny. He'd cock his head like he was listening to every word. After awhile though he got tired and flew over to the arch and sat with a female bluebird and you would have swore he was telling her everything we said.
Then it was time to do the other half of the herb garden. Yes, by the time we finished and got everything put up we were so done, I can't begin to tell you how "done" we were. Yes, I know cakes are done, people are finished - but I think we may have been "done"!!
Later this evening I'm going to go out and sit on my bench in the herb garden and just ponder where I'm going to plant all my flowers and herb seed/plants. It's like a puzzle for me. I decide what colors here or there would add the most effect to the landscape, whether the height would be effective and whether this plant or that plant can stand constant sunshine or a little shade. It's a wonderful puzzle.
Well, my friends, I'm going to try and put pictures on tonight. Check my picture page off and on for the next couple days. I'm trying-really I am.
Have a wonderful Sunday.