"Mommy, gardening is hard work."
Wise words from my little boy who is supposed to be pulling out weeds, picking up twigs and debris.
Instead, he's exploring nature than gardening.
"Look there's a worm! There's a beetle!"
I catch my breath from digging, and squat beside him. We stare at the insects, and play in the dirt for awhile. J.P reminds me to take a break, and enjoy the outdoors.
However, our rest was short-lived. Mr. O and Mr. L, our friendly neighbour, cut down the two diseased fruit trees in the backyard. It was a big job - and even bigger clean-up! The boys pitched in to collect branches and sticks. They did such a great job that we rewarded them with some ice cream!
And luckily, it only took three days to get rid of the wood piled up at the side of the house. Free firewood, anyone? People happily picked up lumber to use for camping, or for their wood-burning stoves!
And I'm glad to see the trees gone. Now there is plenty of space and sun in the backyard. The possibilities are endless - should I plant an ornamental shrub or tree, or create a vegetable or a rose garden? Hmm.
But first, I'll focus on my perennial garden. I've finished extending my flower bed; divided and moved a few plants. Mr. O and the boys finally put up the garden arch that has been sitting in the basement for three years! And I've selected and planted new perennials. Here are the plant tags that I've saved and catalogued:
Chrysanthemum and poppy.
Clematis and butterfly bush.
Hopefully, I can post pictures when the flowers are in full bloom. Right now, the garden is a work in progress. There is still so much to do.
And summer's almost here! Oh no!