Posted by: eekaplanian1 | August 4, 2013

Gifts Out of the Blue

I am learning not to be surprised when unexpected gifts arrive.

I was very surprised the other day when our next door neighbor told us we can use the bark in their pile out by their drive.  We have wanted to put something on the flowerbeds rather than just bare earth and weeds coming up.  So last weekend, Eddie is out with the garden cart taking trips back and forth for bark.

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He accomplish a lot over the weekend and it was such a big difference to what we had.

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He started with the bed down by the garage, took him a while but it began to look wonderful.

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The garden cart was handy, though it was a lot of work to fill it, haul it and then empty it.

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It was frustrating to have  weeds come up after all the weeding and putting on Preen.

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We both know they will be back up because we didn’t  pull out the roots.  At least it will look nice for a bit and maybe we can stay ahead of the weeds.

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He started in the middle of this bed, then decided to work from one end to the other.

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It makes the beds really look nice.

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It was fun watching the progress down the bed.

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As always, he likes things to stay neat, so he swept after every load so it wouldn’t be all over the  porch or on the sidewalk.

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Would you believe I did a little weeding myself?  We haven’t had rain for over a month, so it is easier to pull the weeds out when it is so dry.  Haven’t quite been able to thwart the ones in the cracks yet.

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Eddie found a good way to work with the bark in the cart – he was really getting the hang of it by now.

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Eddie has hidden talents in the garden – wonder what he will do next?

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That last bit at the end is almost done.

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It also needs to be spread and evened out to make sure it looks good.

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Last load for the end of the bed.

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Some weeds to take out by the roots to keep them from coming back.

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I am so proud of the job Eddie did, it looks so much better than it did.

It was a generous offer by the Allens because we just found out this is the expensive kind of bark.  they came back and now have left again, so we didn’t have a chance to find out their reaction.  We have decided to invite them to dinner – if they will light somewhere long enough.  this time of year they spend a lot of time at the house on the Canal, just come back here for a few hours or overnight before going back.

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Responses

  1. It looks wonderful! Are you going to try to plant anything in there now, or just enjoy the nice stretches of bark for a while?

    • Right now we will probably leave it the way it is and just try to keep the weeds out. One of the things on the list is a new garden design, but that is in the future. We may do it a section at a time rather than everything at once.


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