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I'm a mother of four grandmother of seven and great grandmother of one. I have many hobbies and interests but gardening and rug hooking are my main interest at the moment. I live with my husband in the house that we built with the help of my brothers and have been married for 51years.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


I've been at it again today. I got more cleaning done in my overgrown flower beds. I didn't do any weeding but just cut the old dead growth from this year's flowers.  I have 12 flower beds plus two rose bushes and 4 other peonies free standing flower bed, and a vegetable garden to care for plus the lawn. We had four large maple trees removed last year so it's saving me a lot of work with the leaves in the fall and the wing seeds in the spring. I love flowers so much  that it's it's a real pleasure to spend time weeding but I have difficulty keeping up with the weeds. That is where I feel closer to God and nature.

 I no longer have to buy perennials to fill my flower beds. Instead I divide and conquer. Since the last devastating flood in 2008 I've inherited so many weeds  because all my flower beds were under water for over a week

In this garden I had a beautiful Bridal wreath  Spiria that bloomed in the spring and it got so big that I  finally cut it down and lost it in the last flood.. I'm thinking of replacing it. There are some tulips from last year that I hope will bloom again this spring.

This double flower bed needs fixing too, There are some narrow steps that needs widening where you see the bricks askew. The cleaning is just roughly  done. I'll use the leaf blower to get rid of the small debris. 

This one is on the left side of the front of the house. My foundation trees were overgrown and I had them removed and couldn't afford to replace then after my run in with cancer. I just divided my Astilbe and Bleedinghearts and Hosta. It looks bad when the plants dies but it's beautiful when they are growing.

This is the right side in front of the house. Here I grow assorted Hostas.

In these wire gages I grow Peonies. The dead foliage has been removed but the weeds are still there.

In this bed I grow Sundrops, Phlox and lilies. It's over crowded too.

On this side of the house I had two windows added and had to have my two trellises removed . I have some clematis growing and a whole bunch of stuff. I cut down one clematis and the other is still hanging from the chimney. I thinks that it enough for today. I still have 5 other flower beds to clean. It's like trying to remember  my age, I have a hard time remembering haw many flower beds I have.  

I cleaned that island bed on the left side of the path and actually cleaned the flower bed on the right too but the sun was not high enough for a good photo. I'll try again tomorrow. I hope that you did not get too tired of looking at my lifeless flower beds.  I'll show them again in their full glory in the spring and summer.  JB


  1. What happened in your flood of 2008? Here I complain about my flower beds in the front and the back. I will be quiet from now on. My flowerbeds need to be cleaned too but I have been ignoring them. I really do need to cut everything back. My daughter works at Home Depot in the garden dept. and she just cringes when I hack my rosebushes. :)I am sure in the spring they are beautiful.
    It all looks good.

  2. Good gracious Julia......how on earth do you find the time to tend to all those flower beds? I'm sure they are absolutely stunning when blooming. I have one very sad neglected bed in the backyard and other than that I just buy a few hanging baskets. (I'm a low-maintenance kind of gal) LOL

  3. Gosh Julia I don't know how you get it all done with working on the farm. I'm sure it is beautiful in the spring and summer. I have 7 large flower beds and without my grandson's help I couldn't keep up. Take care of yourself and don't forget to take time to smell the roses.

  4. Hi Farm Girl, Kim and Doris. How do I get it all done? It has been a passion of mine but it means that I have to sacrifice other things in order to find time. I'm not a person to sit in the sun and relax, I can't be idle unless I'm half sloshed. It I don't have time to leisurely sit down with a book or go on trips very much.

    I love to sit down on the swing and just admire the beauty and smell the perfume of my flowers in the summer after my work is done. I only wish that my husband would share my love of gardening but I can't even have him sit anymore that a few minutes on the deck with me unless we have visitors. He likes to be with a lot of people and I like the quite and solitude.

    Kim, there's nothing wrong with being low maintenance. That's how you are. You don't have that same need for flowers as I do. By the way, love that last post. I'm still laughing and can't get that picture of Taylor Swift out of my mind. Lol...
    Farm Girl, I post some photos of the devastating flood of 2008 sometimes.


  5. I'm roaring over your "half sloshed" comment! Thats probably the only time I might get interested in pulling weeds! Hahahaha, I love that line!!!!!

  6. Yeah! Maybe I should get sloshed more often and just learn to relax. Ha, ha, ha. Right now, dinner dishes are done, my mail has been opened, sorted and filed and I'm on my way to the grocery store and when I get back, guess where I'll be? You're right, in the yard. Would you come pull my weeds if I provided the booze? JB