And since I can't seem to post without pics, here's a couple of my pond and arbor.
The sitting area is made with broken concrete pieces with the spaces between filled with pea gravel.
But back to the yard,
I've been stressing for 2 weeks now!
But let me start at the beginning.
When we opened our salon 10 years ago, I started bringing in cut flower arrangements from my gardens for a table in the waiting area. Got lots of complements from customers. They thought I must have a fantastic yard. So I took in pics of the yard for people to see. You can see them here. my yard
So, now I'm having a plant sale. A lot of my perennials have gotten too large and are crowding each other, so I thought I'd divide, pot up the extras and have a plant sale! Proceeds going to our motor home gas fund. And we could really use a gas fund. But that's another story.
Now I've got a lot of customers are coming to it. And of course, they'll want a tour of the yard!
So knowing the yard doesn't look near as good in person as in pics, I've been working my ass off trying to get it into some sort of decent shape, so as to not disappoint them too much. So I'm stressing! I mean the yard looks pretty good to me, but I certainly wouldn't put it in a garden tour. I've made a lot of mistakes in the yard, and most are to big now to correct!
Like why did I plant the Weeping Cherry so close to the Viburnum? which has gotten way bigger than I expected! The pine trees in the shade garden are too close together! Most of the errors most people probably won't notice. Hopefully with such a large yard to look at they won't notice the little things that I see.
And do I even have a good enough selection of plants for my sale?
What will people be expecting?
I'm blowing everything out of proportion,
I'm sure everyone will love the yard,
I'm sure I'll sell all the plants,
now totaling 215,
Everything will be fine.
I've got more weeding to do!!!
It has been one busy weekend!
We burned a huge pile of branches that came out of the trees during the winter, trimmed more bushes and trees, and dug and divided more plants!
And I'm still weeding!
I now have 207 plants for my sale on June 3rd.
God, I hope they all sell!
Also, took in the mo-ho because when we were in Muskegon
a couple of weeks ago, the TV Booster didn't work.
They got it fixed, needed a new cable.
Today we went to Van Attas Greenhouse to
pick out the annuals for our pots.
Here is our catch.
Of course now I have to plant them all.
We have pots on our deck and in the shade garden,
and by the pond.
And a new Tree Peony is open.
It's a pale pink and the largest of all the tree peonies I have.
With some warmer weather and quite a bit of rain,
The plants are really coming up!
This first pic is a Thread Leaf Japanese Maple.
I love how the leaves look shredded.
It's a small ornamental tree.
will not get much more than 10 feet tall.
It is 7 ft. now.
I have a shade garden with a dozen different Ferns. These are the tallest
at about 3ft. They spread quite rapidly.
So I've added some of them to my plant sale.
Which by the way stands at about 170 plants!
Hi all, we're back!
For Mother's Day, we took our motor home to
Muskegon State Park.
The city of Muskegon is on the other end of
And we were about 90 miles from Lansing.
It's a nice campground on lake
Michigan and Muskegon lake.
We were in the channel campground.
on Muskegon lake near the
channel to lake Michigan. I took this pic from the top of a sand dune.
My Mom lives in Muskegon and
had not seen the motor home yet.
As you can see from the pics,
we had a beautiful site!
A nice large pull thru site with
no neighbors on our right!
We picked up Mom, and took her to see our mo-ho.
She seemed to really like it.
After that we went to Red Lobster for lunch.
We met 3 of my other brothers there.
With their wives and a couple of kids,
we had a group of 11!
Mom was quite surprised!
She thought it was going to be just the 3 of us!
After lunch, I took mom to the "club"(the VFW),
for "refreshments", (cocktails) and some "pull tabs".
(won a little, lost a little)
Later, after we took Mom back to her apartment,
two of my brothers and their families came to the campground to check out our motor home.
It was a nice weekend!
Working in a salon all these years, I come across all kinds of people with all kinds of personal issues. Though some seem silly to me, they are important to them. It seems people some times have difficulty keeping things in perspective. As to what is really important and not just something trivial.
With that thought I'd like to share this.
There once was a woman who woke up one morning, looked in the mirror, and noticed she had only three hairs on her head.
Well," she said, "I think I'll braid my hair today?"
So she did and she had a wonderful day.
The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and saw that she had only two hairs on her head. "H-M-M," she said, "I think I'll part my hair down the middle today?"
So she did and she had a grand day.
The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and noticed that she had only one hair on her head.
"Well," she said, "today I'm going to wear my hair in a pony tail." So she did and she had a fun, fun day.
The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and noticed that there wasn't a single hair on her head.
"YEA!" she exclaimed, "I don't have to fix my hair today!"
Attitude is everything.
Have a great weekend!
Haven't posted because I've been sooooo busy!
Plus not a lot to say. Been very busy at work.
Worked in the yard all day yesterday,
and plan to do the same today.
Have been digging and dividing perennials for my plant sale.
Have about a hundred so far.
Proceeds will go to the mo-ho gas fund!
I told Craig, that if gas prices go up much more,
I might have to dig up the entire yard!
I'll take some more pics later when I have more time.
But here is a pic of a shrub we have, called a Dwarf Fothergilla.
Click on the pic to see these little bottle brush like flowers.
Quite unusual! and the fall foliage turns a beautiful red!
Slow growing and compact!
We're back from our little trip to Manistee.
It was just a weekend trip, but was nice to get away.
Lori asked where Manistee was, so here's a map.
Click to see better. Manistee is 187 miles to the northwest of Lansing. Lansing being the orange arrow,
and Manistee being the green arrow.
This was our first trip Manistee.