Sunday, September 19, 2010

This weekend's projects

After taking last weekend off entirely (to rest up following the Great Furniture-Building Spree of 2010), we did a few yard chores this weekend. Yesterday, Sister A. planted liriope (rhymes with "calliope") in the long, skinny plant bed in front of our porch and a small spot at the end of the driveway where we had stuck two solar lanterns. The lanterns will look really nice with the liriopes' leaves blowing around them (after they've grown up, of course). Liriope is like monkey grass; it's a border grass and also great for groundcover. It also sprouts little violet-blue flowers on stalks, as you can see on this site.

We had talked about what to put in those two beds for quite a while before settling on this particular plant. Sister A. loves to garden, but isn't in the prime of health anymore, so heavy-duty tending of flowers isn't the pleasure it used to be. Liriope, however, just goes to town all by itself. Water it, divide the clumps every few years, and you've got nice, long-leaved greenery all year 'round. They also choke out weeds. So since there was liriope in that front bed when we bought the house, we decided that whoever put it there had a good idea, so we just added to it.

There were tons in the order--50 rhizomes! We didn't have enough room for them all, so A. traded them for a free edging job by our neighbor across the street. He's our go-to-guy for yard chores that we can't handle (he has a yard care business). He's got a pond in front of his house that will look nice with tufts of liriope around it. :)

While A. was planting, I was stacking Zs hard at work trimming the bushes around the front of the house again, evening out the height from one end to the other. I also lopped the thick branches a little below the height we want the little branches to grow so I can just zip across the whole thing with my good ol' Black & Decker hedge trimmer from now on.

This morning, I did a little weedeating in the back yard, and also fixed a stencil to spray-paint our house numbers on the curb at the end of the driveway. I made a bit of a mess (held the can too close to the stencil), but we neatened it up with white paint and some small craft brushes. It's good enough for cops and delivery guys to find us.

My personal opinion of yardwork? It blows. But since I don't have to do the regular mowing (that's A's Wednesday job--hey, she set her schedule, not me!), all I have to do is trim and weedeat every few weeks, so I'm not complaining.  :)

1 comment:

Shaggy, Scooby and Scout said...

We don't think your yardwork is bad!
It's way more than mom would attempt on her own, lets just say that!
AND we are quite impressed with the great furniture building bonanza in an earlier post! Looks good!