I got out early and I unloaded the last few wheelbarrow loads of mulch from my truck.
All empty ... but not for long. I'm gonna need a LOT more mulch.
I spread that mulch on the rose border that I have been working on in the front yard. I had already pulled the weeds, trimmed the roses, and laid landscape fabric in this section. (a post about doing this, with before and after photos, is HERE). I'm getting pretty close to being finished with this garden, thank goodness. I think it's looking awesome, if I do say so myself.
There are a few empty spots in this garden, and I put in two new roses ... from the batch that I propagated last fall from the collection at Monticello's Tufton Farm. (That post is HERE.) These new roses are small right now, but they will grow and get bigger pretty quickly.
"Ruth's Wavy Leaf Noisette"
"Aunt Louisa Rose"
The edges of our driveway and some other areas of the property needed some attention, so I mixed up and applied two gallons of herbicide. It's best to kill the poison ivy sprouts, thistles, and other nasties while they are small.
I have been replacing the brick edging on the front Hybrid Tea garden, using the same blocks that I showed you earlier. I finished the day by working on this for a couple of hours. The bricks had sunk into the ground and were uneven, and the mulch would spill out. I'm really liking the cohesive look of having the same edging on all of the beds on that side of the yard. Pull up bricks, scrape and dig a little bit to make a nice trench, set new blocks in place ... over and over.
New blocks and old bricks.
This is a good view of before and after, of a section of the garden that I did last week.
The bricks that I'm taking up are antique bricks that I have collected over the years. There are these that have edged this garden, and some others in small piles here and there throughout the property. Where can we store them so they're all together and not piled somewhere in the way? Store them in plain sight, of course ... laid over the ground cloth on the floor of the greenhouse's lean-to. (Post about the lean-to is HERE.) This is a temporary/permanent place for them, convenient and not in a pile.
I had no intention of doing so much today. When I'm here by myself, I guess I get more accomplished because there's no one around to distract me.
Just so you know, I'm NOT working outside tomorrow ... I'm tired.