This morning while getting ready I had the Rachel Ray show on. While trying to finish getting ready so I could run some errands, I overheard her say “You don’t have to be rich to have a rich life.” I couldn’t agree more with that quote. While we don’t have a lot in terms of material goods, we have a lot to be thankful for when it comes to friends and family. And even though we don’t have a lot of money laying around our humble school house, we do use it to make our place feel like a million bucks.
One way that I feel “rich” is to have a yard with nice landscaping. This past weekend we hosted our Sunday school group for a potluck meal. While looking around the yard to make sure we had a decent spot for our social gathering, I saw a bush that had unfortunately met its demise.
A few years ago I transplanted a forsythia to this spot in our south flowerbed. It did really well for a few months and then…died. And there it sat. For over a year.
Knowing I wanted to replace it with something that was a bit more alive, I stopped by my favorite nursery to find something that would fit my bill. And I found this beauty.
Strawberries and Cream Ribbon Grass to my rescue. Holla! I have gotten a lot better about reading the tags on nursery items to make sure it will thrive in the spot I want to put it. This one said it would pair well with roses and needed full sun. Heck. Yes. Winner, winner, chicken dinner.
Because I wanted to plant the grass in the spot of the expired forsythia, I knew the soil wasn’t necessarily prime. Soil activator came to my rescue. I poured a bit in and mixed it in with the soil. Dana, if you’re reading this, I found a spider in the bottom of the hole. I about screamed and seriously thought about using my spade to mix the rest of it. But I put on my big girl pants and finished the job. I thought you would be proud. 🙂
Next came the placing of the new plant.
In just a few short years, the roses and grass will hide the ugly utilities on this side of the house. 🙂
Something else that I worked on before our company arrived was sprucing up our chicken coop. At least phase 1 of our “chicken coop sprucing”. This past Spring I scraped three of the sides to prepare for a few coats of primer. I hadn’t had time to prime before this week (more on that later), so it was high time something was done about its appearance.
This is after one coat of primer. I have since painted another coat and it looks so much better! Also, I need to work on my photography skills. While I feel like I’m mastering the manual part of my camera, apparently my “leveling” needs a bit of work. If you’re concerned about the state of our building, it’s fine. Really. But if you don’t believe I think maybe the next picture will help relieve your fears.
See how good I am? 🙂
We have plans for the chicken coop this summer. One of them being painting it a color other than red. I will have more info on that in tomorrow’s post. Adam wants to replace the floor with particle board and I want to organize it so that all of our yard tools (the mower is included in this) fit in this building. It looks small but, but it’s fierce, I mean, er, big.
What have you been shakin’ up to? Any fears you have overcome in the name of lawn beautification?