It is the little things in life that bring me joy. This time it was a garden project my neighbor Dick and I completed together. Dick lost his wife Nancy just before I moved into the neighborhood so I never got the pleasure of meeting her but I can see by their yard and gardens what a wonderful gardener she was. Last week Dick had suggested to me that I could place some plant containers on the cement easement in front of my home. Here is what it looked like before Dick and I worked our magic to liven up that drab area.
The side walk was badly stained and the area was boring. I do have a pretty flower bed on the inside of the sidewalk but the outer side needed some attention. Dick offered to help me beautify this area.
Dick was in front of my house 8:30 am Saturday morning and while he power-washed the sidewalk, I prepared the soil for the two half whisky barrels I had purchased at a local nursery. I chose a poly container over the real ones as I hoped they will last longer and hold up to the abuse the trash men may inflict on them.
We then drove to Nancy’s graveside to thin some of the plants in the garden surrounding her grave stone. The garden that Dick had designed was breath-taking. There was even a small bird house. We thinned a few plants like salvia, lambs ear, iris, and another plant I could not name to be placed in the planter containers. This was a somber visit for each of us. I finally got to meet Nancy as Dick had placed her pictures around the stone. The verses on the stone were lovely and the garden added such beauty and peace. On the way back to my house Dick pulled into a nursery where he was quite the celebrity and let me pick out more plants to enhance the ones we choose from Nancy’s grave. Forget diamonds, take me to a nursery and let me pick whatever plants I want! I picked zinnias, hens and chicks, dusty miller, and geraniums.
See how nice the area looks now? For the soil I used Mel’s Mix which is one part vermiculite, one part peat moss, and one part compost. I had also placed about 4 inches of pebbles in the bottom of each barrel and drilled holes in the sides (at the bottom) to assist with drainage.
We are both very pleased with how our project turned out. We have even had offers from other neighbors for our services! The other little thing I enjoyed from this project is spending time with and getting to know a neighbor.
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Happy Memorial Day Weekend. Remember those military men and women who have gone before us, fought our battles and other’s, sacrificed everything, and made our country a land of liberty. We also take this time to remember friends and loved ones who have passed. Cherish the good times, forgive the rest.