I hope you all are having a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. And I’m glad some of you took me up on my suggestion to watch the mini-series The Pacific.
Except for a strong batch of thunderstorms Saturday night, Memorial Day weekend has been absolutely glorious here in the center of New York.
Last Memorial Day weekend, we got slammed with an unbelievable heat wave. It was brutal. It was hot enough to melt flesh.
So I am grateful for the cool, more seasonable temperatures.
As I mentioned the other day, I have decided to defy Lupus and tackle my own landscape clean-up. Something I could not possibly do last spring (probably because it was so blisteringly hot).
And I can’t tell you how great it feels to be out there doing the backbreaking work. Before Lupus set on me like invading Huns, I could do my spring landscape clean-up in a weekend. But not anymore. In fact, this is the first spring since 2013 that I’ve done everything myself.
Take that Lupus!
Now, if I was a normal person, I’d have a small landscape bed around my house and that would be it. But I am a landscaper. I worked for ten years as a designer and operations manager of landscape construction company. So naturally when I bought my house in 2008, the first thing I did was turn 60% of my backyard into landscaping.
Had I known I’d get struck down by Lupus, maybe I would have reconsidered.
A large portion in the back is an enormous perennial bed – daylilies, Russian sage, Blanket flowers, Dianthus, Purple coneflowers, Daisies, Pincushion flowers, and Cutleaf Coneflowers.
And up until yesterday that included two rather large ornamental grasses. That’s the dead, brown scraggly stuff in the picture. Have you ever tried to dig out ornamental grasses? Good grief. The work!
But I’m almost done!
I got the Maiden Grass out with a shovel and a hatchet.
The Zebra Grass (which gets about 10’ tall) is proving to be more stubborn. A little hatchet is no match for its root system. And despite my vast collection of gardening tools, I do not own a pickaxe. So I’m going to borrow my Dad’s to finish the job.
In the meantime, I’ll finish transplanting the daylilies that are being overrun by the Arborvitae. Then I’ll weed the bed around my back deck and prep the area where the Cutleaf Coneflowers used to be in order to turn it into a small vegetable garden.
The bed around the deck should be easy to tackle since it is shrubs and a large Weeping Purple Beech rather than perennials.
On Wednesday I cleared out this corner bed. Since it rests below my flag, I call it my Memorial bed.
Yeah, I know. I have a hell of a lot of landscaping.
But you should see it in summer when all the flowers and blossoms are in bloom. Boy oh boy. Is it glorious!
You have no idea how wonderful it is to be doing all this work by myself.
Lupus is a cruel master. It wears you down physically and emotionally. But the spring weather has been so terrific, I wasn’t going to let Lupus dictate what I can and can’t do.
Sure, I’m sore. Yeah my knees are swollen and the joints in my hands hurt. Plus I got a barberry thorn wedged into my index finger and I can’t get the damn thing out. But I don’t care. When the flowers start blooming and all the blossoms burst open, it will have been worth it!
By the way, if you were curious, this is what my backyard looked like when I moved in.
Yeah. I know. It was kind of hideous. But not anymore. And once I fenced it in entirely, it became my private little park. Well, mine and the dog’s.
Any old how.
I hope you all enjoy your Memorial Day.
All we have, all we are blessed with, these riches of freedom came at a price.
And today as we enjoy family, friends – and even gardening – we remember those who sacrificed all so that we could live in freedom.
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