Other side of the flower beds, that is.
Seems like months ago that we posted about revamping our front flower beds. And we are still on the job.
We tore through the much more established (possibly a sort of Holly?) bushes in front of our front porch this past weekend.
Took Jamie most of the morning to reach this point.
He actually found a handful of interesting treasures digging in that bed. Rocks we would expect, …..but coral?…and a beautiful hunk of quartz. The glass was a nice surprise as well. The plastic, chess-man sized, St. Joseph he found right after we moved in while planting one of those Red Yuccas that we left in place. Apparently people – Catholics – bury him upside down in the yard to conjure good luck selling a house.
Catholic VooDoo? Never heard that before.
We made yet another trip to Custom Stone for yet another carload of Arizona Buckskin Ledgestone.
After dryfitting all the stones, Jamie adhered them together with Outdoor Construction Adhesive.
Yes, it works.
35 extremely heavy bags of topsoil later …..
…we were left with this completely untouched planting bed for our creating. Because this side is in front of the porch, and we will see it everyday, we wanted it to be the more decorative side. Just filled to the brim with cacti, succulents, and agave.
And rocks. BIG rocks.
We found the biggest ones that we could lift together without straining our aging backs.
Again to Custom Stone for “boulders”.
Since there are very few plants….the rocks are my favorite part. They are there for the geckos to warm their fat little bellies on…..
……and the snakes to hide under. We kept unveiling little brown garden snakes with our bush removal…and I had to quickly scoop them up and shift them to the other flower bed. Jamie isn’t too thrilled with them. But I quickly reminded him that they eat all the other creepy-crawlies that we don’t want in our gardens.
But I digress.
We are pretty excited to show y’all the finished beds.
…..and we will soon.
Ouch! My back! — she said, sympathetically. I really love the stone edging + the boulders, + I even enjoyed the snake story! Great score on those groovy rocks. We just yanked out some old bushes in front of OUR house, + the only thing we found was an empty Miller Light bottle!
K A Y
He even found an ammonite fossil, we’re going to put everything back once we add pea gravel……even add a few new ones.
We’re putting our house on the market next week. I had forgotten about the St Joseph juju. I’ll have to figure out where I can get one. Probably on Amazon, hunh?
I’m with Jamie on the snake front – eek! I can’t wait to see your bed with all its new plants. Great job!
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