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I'm a mother of four grandmother of seven and great grandmother of three. I live with my husband in the house that we built with the help of my brothers and will have been married for 57 years this February.

Thursday, June 23, 2011


Remember, earlier when I was tearing the bricks out of my unfinished flower bed and I had to just leave it because it started to rain and it rained for weeks, well I tried to tackle the same flower bed today on the other end.   I can't work long in the sun and I have to come in often to cool down.  I didn't get much done today. I  was so tired that I laid down and set the timer for 30 minutes and fell asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow. Then I went to the farm until about 7:00pm. came in and ate and sat at the computer where I still sit. lol...

The last big flood in 2008 did a lot of damage to my flower beds, I'm just getting at unearthing the border and the bricks now. There was so much soil  and sand that was eroded from my vegetable garden that settled over the brick border and my prime concern was to remove the excess soil and sand and even gravel from the perennial beds so my flowers would survive and put back soil where roots were exposed... I lost a few species but most everything survived.

This is how deep I had to dig to unearth the brick today, even the border was buried. The bricks were totally covered with grass.

This shows the  curve border by the patio. The bricks were buried under about three inches of top soil and sand from the vegetable  garden.

This is the bed I'm working on. The bricks around the peonies also were partially buried.

This is the peony bed from the above picture. Notice the soil built up on the upper right hand corner. The bricks are no longer visible.

A lot of the sand from the vegetable garden ended on my back lawn.

I hope that I can muster up the will power to finish the job if the heat, the flies or the rain doesn't keep me from working.  When it's cool, I'm at the barn in the morning so it will probably be a slow process.

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.  JB


  1. My goodness you are such a hard worker.
    You really did get a lot of sand and soil covering those bricks. Don't over due, I know it feels good to get it done tho.

  2. Well it looks like you had a lot of rain too! And yes lovely header!

    BUT how on earth did you get your tongue stuck on the door handle????????? i have been wondering that for the last 2 days but i can't figure it out!!! And sorry i was laughing a bit too!

    OH And THANK YOU for voting for Vanilla Bean! I can't wait till they show us the results....


  3. Julia, You are a hard worker. The heat is hard on me also. I love all your flower beds. Beautiful!!!!

  4. Hard work always brings the fruit. It never goes waste.

  5. Your flowers are beautiful!!! And yes, you are a hard worker, for sure!!!!!!!

  6. Just watching how much work you have already done makes me tired. I cannot believe how huge your peonie bushes are, they are so beautiful. I have to keep my in a barrel on the front porch to keep them out of the heat. I have lovely bushes but no flowers.
    I never thought about how much dirt would be brought in during a flood.
    It all looks beautiful though. I hope you get to rest some this weekend.

  7. Once begun is half done... You've made a nice start and that's half the battle. Keep up the good work!

    Blessings, Debbie

  8. Julia ~
    So much work you've done and so much left to do. Good luck getting it done!
    Love the new header photo!!!
    Pug hugs :)

  9. Wow Julia, I can' believe how deep those bricks were buried. Don't work too hard. That looks like back-breaking work.

  10. Thanks everyone for your comments. I have most of my bricks pulled out and I've dug almost to the end of the bed. I've been pulling weeds and shaking sods to keep as much top soil as I could but the rain chased me in. I'll keep you posted on my progress as soon as the weather permits, in the mean time I'm taking a break. I have another cow in the calving pen waiting to calf around the 27th. JB

  11. OMGoodness you are the hardest working person I have ever known. lol
    Your peony bush is awesome. I would love to have one in my yard. I heard they don't work here because of our heat but I saw last year at the Round Top library.
    Slow down and don't over do it.
    Love ya

  12. Golly you work hard. But, your beautiful garden is wonderful proof of that. That peony is so lush! They are one of my favorite flowers. Good luck with the rest of the job!

  13. Oh I'm breathless over that AMAZING rhodie
    in full bloom....just covered with blossoms!!!
    How absolutely beautiful...your whole garden
    awash in color and green!
    That flood must've enriched the soil
    as well as damaged the borders.
    Funny how we get such gifts
    with every sadness.
    Sending love and hope
    for deep sleep and a restful mind:)

  14. Are those lupines in the background? Those are spectacular and one of the few things my husband has NO LUCK in growing here....I think perhaps we have too much humidity.
    Digging up all those, that's a LOT of work!

  15. What gorgeous flowers! Your beds are beautiful, and I can see that you've done a lot of hard work to get them that way. Julia, you're such a good blog friend..... I'm always so humbled by your posts about your farm and the calves. Also, by the sweet and thoughtful comments you always leave for me. You are a reason that blogging is so awesome! Imagine..... all the friends we've made so far away, yet with so much in common. I can't put into words to adequately express my appreciation for the lovely comment you made to my bday post. It was like getting a most precious card from a friend (which you most certainly are!)

  16. I would love to have one in my yard. I heard they don't work here because of our heat but I saw last year at the Round Top library.Lots of great information and inspiration, both of which we all need!b Keep 'em coming... you all do such a great job at such Concepts...

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