Sunday, May 10, 2009

I Went Back…

     A year ago, when I retired from teaching, it never occurred to me that I might some day write blog posts about gardening.  Let me repeat that.

               It never occurred to me.

     Yet Sunday morning, on Mother’s Day, I found myself driving once again to the flea market to look at plants. I had about 30 minutes to spare ,and there were only a few vendors open.

     First I found 4 fuschia oleander plants.


At the booth with the oleander plants, the lady selling them said, “For you , a good price for Mother’s Day.”


At a different booth, I found two very interesting plants whose names caught my attention.


Corona de Cristos or Crown of Christ


and Bouquet de Novios or Plumeria.

Then , as often happens on these expeditions, I got sidetracked by this.


Once again , on the side of the road, a nice man was selling carpet grass squares for 90 cents each.  I bought twenty,  loaded them in my truck and headed home to get ready for church; it was only 8:00 AM.

                    The Plan for Current Purchases

*Early Monday morning, cast fertilizer over bare spots in the yard before the canal rider arrives to open the irrigation valve. I bought a water ticket for 3 hours of irrigation time. 

This will be a great adventure.  My husband is still recuperating from shoulder surgery. We will switch roles.  He can sit on the front porch and point this time.

* Using the limestone, create pathways and a tiny patio by the little house.

*Plant the oleander plants along the east fence of the yard.

*Continue to water the new grass my daughter and I laid this afternoon by the front walk.

Take a muscle relaxer and go to bed.



Sue said...

Laura, Don't forget the Ben-Gay!! LOL You are certainly ambitious. Have a good day and don't overdo. BTW-what is a canal rider? Sue

Karen said...

Laura, are you going to attempt to do all that work yourself? Wow. You are an amazing neighbor.

Joy said...

You did all that before church???
I'm so impressed.
You got lots of projects to do, but it will be pretty.
Can't wait to see the results.


Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

You are one busy girl! Can't wait to hear who else you run into driving by with a truckload of something! Linda

K :) said...

Wow, just read more of your blog and realizing several things we have in common...

A love of Tervis Tumblers
Went plant shopping yesterday
A love of our mothers

Hope you have a wonderful day. Can't wait to see the results of your planting.

Joy Tilton said...

Be careful, that's alot of lifting! We worked in the yard yesterday and let me tell you, I am sore from all that bending! But the results are worth a little pain!

the pleasures of homemaking said...

LOL - after all that you'll need a nice massage! Especially making the patio and walkway! How interesting that you can buy sod that way! I wish someone would sell it like that here in Georgia - I really could use some!
That Crown of Christ plant is so pretty - I've never seen or heard of it before. I wonder if it's a native of Texas?

Good luck with all your projects!


kate said...

Sound beautiful!!! Lots of fun and work...
ck out our new blog Mountain Home, a new shoppe were opening
Best to you

Dixie said...

Can't wait to see the "fruits of your labor"...
blessings. Dixie

Glenda/MidSouth said...

If I did all that yesterday, I would probabley be in traction by now. :) Beautiful flowers.

Domestic Designer said...

I am very, very impressed especially with the fact that you did so much of it before 8am!!! Have a great day working in the yard. I know you will rest well tonight!

Debbie's Garden said...

Heeey! You weren't drawning out gardens and patios during church were you!!??
When I moved in this house I had a little sidewalk of those stones that I moved to build gardens. They are HEAVY. I would put them on my kids old snow sleds and drag them where I wanted them. Don't even your fingers hurt???

Debbie's Garden said...

PS - I think your post should've been titled :


Fragrant Liar said...

Wow, good luck with all that, and make sure you have all the bath salts ready to slip into. One thing though, make sure your animals stay from the oleanders. They are highly poisonous.

Anonymous said...

Oh my you certainly have a day ahead of yourself. Much luck and go easy. Be sure to show pictures of your hard work. Fast healing for your hubs!!

cottage farm villa said...

Impressive, all before 8 am!

Jo said...

Your garden is going to be lovely this year ~ I hope you're not feeling too sore after such an adventure in yard work! :)


KBeau said...

I think you need another post to explain the "canal rider." Never heard of that. Your plants are beautiful, BTW.

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

I've never seen the Crown of Christ wonderful. I have Lily of the Valley and Rose of Sharon in my little yard.....I love 'em!

Thanks for coming to visit....I so appreciate it. I'm sorry you've lost your Mom too. While I do understand and recognize the cycle of doesn't make not having her here any easier.



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