This drives my husband nuts...see the pile of crap on the right? If I have the day to work in the garden I'll hook up the mower and dump cart and have it ready to toss the weeds into. But if I am limited on time or just "taking a quick look" I will often just start pulling weeds because I can't start to leave them and toss them into a pile. Sometimes it might be a couple of days before I get back to them... I can't be the only one, am I?
Here is my Ms. Kim lilac that is finally getting bigger than me after being snacked on by the bunnies for the past several years...
And see the fence holding the grass back - yeah I haven't gotten to that part yet...
This bed started when this tree was still alive. This was an ash tree that had very shallow roots. After dulling the mower blades on them for about 2 years, I told my husband I would rescue him and plant over the roots. I started this with a no-till, no-sod-removal method of layer gardening. In the fall, I laid down newspapers overlapping and about 8-10 pages thick. Then I covered that with a couple inches of leaves and composted manure and let it sit for the winter. In the spring I planted and mulched heavily.
There are sweet little fairies in both of these pictures if you look closely...
I've slowly expanded this bed to make the mowing lines easier. This area is just starting to be expanded and planted.
I've been adding around the edges of the "pond" too with perennials that can handle the flow of the water when it rains. This little pond area leads down the slope to our ditch.
Here's a cute little ceramic plaque magnet I found at Dollar Tree.
This is the remnants of our goldfish experiment. It was a great way to use the old stones whenever we cleaned the tank. But alas, our fish did not make it for more than a few months and we decided we were better off creating a "sea" portion to the fairy garden.
I just love the ray of sun shining down on this lovely girl. With other family knowing that we have a fairy garden, they are on the lookout for fairy items too. My grandma found this and the one below for my daughter's birthday.
This area is the beach/lighthouse area. It gets full sun and I was having trouble keeping things alive by the pine tree. I dumped out the old sand from the sandbox here at the end of the summer, added the lighthouse my dear hubby got for my birthday and my sister-in-law brought me a bunch of seashells from Florida to complete the picture. It could still use another bag of sand so that is on the list too.
This sweet girl was scored at CVS pharmacy - if you look in the picture above you can see her in the right corner too - she's a wind chime and plays the most lovely music.
Hope you enjoyed the tour!