My daughter Rachel aka Somewhere in the middle, gave me slave labor for Mother's Day. I was thrilled! So, she came over the Saturday before Mother's Day and helped pull weeds, plant, etc all day. It was nice to spend time with her, but getting some of my weeds under control was so nice. I do have to say that I have since banned her from pulling weeds in my flower beds. She always ends up with poison ivy. I only saw two plants, and I pulled both before she could get near them. She has big sores all over her arms, legs and stomach. I got two dime size spots on my knees. Mine are almost gone but hers are still awful. So, thank you Rachel, and I'm sorry. My youngest Kimberly came over for a awhile and help out also. She got all the patio furniture out, and cleaned up all the weeds Rachel and I had pulled. Thanks Kimberly!
Hubby hung the chandelier in the cornzebo. It's an old fixture I had laying around. It's had extra bling on it, but I stripped it down to make it simpler. After all, corncrib gazebo's are laid back, and earthy.
I've been adding hostas to the front of the house, and the perennials I removed from the front of the house have been redistributed to around the cornzebo and the other perennial beds. This is the new flower bed in progress.
Yesterday we finished planting a very small garden. Last year half of what we grew went to waste, or we gave away. This year, I've converted a flower bed to garden space. I am growing basil for the first time, in hopes of making basil pesto. Hubby and I have started eating basil pesto and love it. If anyone has any tips on growing basil, or making pesto, I'd love to hear from you. I am using an old wooden step ladder for a support for my tomatoes this year. Last years tomatoes were almost as tall as I am (which isnt all that tall)
I'm growing onions, cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce and basil this year. No corn, beans, zucchini, etc...
Keeping it basic and low maintenance.
Yesterday, hubby and I rebuilt an old stone wall I had built around our 130 year old weeping willow tree. I had primarily built it using whatever rock I could find. It was a mess, and falling apart. I was lucky enough to get some flat stone from a friend who had torn out some landscaping, and some from my daughter Kimberly, who had a rock pile. Combined with the few larger, flat stones I had we built this low wall.
The roses are blooming on the cornzebo and look so pretty from both the inside and outside.
After working in the yard all day, Kaylee and I had a water fight. We were both soaked by the time we were done. Here's a pic of her taking a break (before the water fight) enjoying a nice cold treat. She looks too innocent to get sneak up behind her granny and soak her with the garden hose doesn't she.
Even in mis-matched clothes, she's still cute.
Here is a planter I made out of an old funnel and an old wooden handle...
and I'm working to restore one of several large birdhouses I made several years ago. The platform had rotted on this one, and when it fell the porch columns, and part of the roof broke off. I know I should scrap it and make a new one, but I love the colors on this one, and hea, I made it, so I'm a bit fond of it :)
That's enough for one post. I hope everyone has a great week and does something creative whenever possible.