Sore Muscles and Big Smiles




Since the dump truck came last week we've put in a few hours of hard labor.

First, we spread out 4 cubic yards of rose mix.
(Kinda smelled like poo.)


We dug up everything that was already there with the intention of reusing most of it.

We put in 5 Knock Out Roses.

5 Drift Roses.

6 Bandana Lantanas


 10 Daylilies



Lots of Mexican Heather.


And we put the original plantings back in.

We still have a long way to go.

It's funny how so much work can still look like so little.

We left room for everything to grow into its spot and there's an area
that I'm still not sure about.

I miss the big boulders we had in Edmond so we might get a couple of those.


We need a lot of mulch.
Anybody want to help spread that out?

Just keeping my fingers crossed that I can master gardening in this Texas heat and drought. :)

It is going to rain tomorrow. 

Woo hoo!

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29 comments

~ Liz ~ said...

I too am always amazed how far so many plants DON'T go. They never seem to fill out a place like you hope, but give it a little time and tomorrow's rain and you'll be on your way. Good job! I'm sure it was exhausting but it'll pay off! Love those roses! They'll be some good company in the days to come.
Liz

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

It is going to look so beautiful as it all fills in. I spend Friday doing tons of weeding and was so sore the next two days. Guess I need to start doing more squats...yeah, that's going to happen! lol!

Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles said...

Oh wow, my back aches just looking at the pictures! We are on the verge of doing exactly the same thing...ripping everything out in the front and starting over. Want to come do it for me? :)

Sonia said...

Wow looks incredible already! We are supposed to get rain tonight too. My hands are hurting...I spread mulch and planted a couple of flats today! No I couldn't wait till April 15th. LOL Your choices of plant material are great...they should be very tolerant of the heat!
Miss Bloomers

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

It looks great! I have knock out roses too. They are practically maintenance free. I'm always surprised at how heat tolerant Lantana is. We just planted a few of those last weekend. I hate spreading mulch, but it always looks so good afterwards. I know you're sore from all that work. :)

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME/Doublewide Decor said...

I can feel your pain! I do a lot of the yard work here, out of want...my hubby doesn't care for the flowers, but I have to have them!! I am unfamiliar with drift roses....

Kelly said...

I love the plants you picked out to plant there. It's going to look so good once everything matures. That was smart to leave room for growth. So many people forget to do that and then their beds become a crowded mess! I've heard the Texas heat is brutal so I can't give you any advice there, but can relate to sticky hot summers myself. Good thing you're planting early!

The Gathering Place said...

I'll bet your garden will look awesome. I never know what to plant so I just plant and hope, but I love gardening, too.

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

Oh my, Stacey! I'm tired just hearing about all you've done! You're going to have the prettiest yard on the block!

Southern Lady said...

I can appreciate all your hard work, Stacey ... and I know it's going to be beautiful. You've inspired me to try some Knock Out Roses. I admire them everywhere I go, but I've never planted any.

I'm sure your yard is going to be the envy of the neighborhood!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/From Harvest To Table said...

It is looks so great! I envy you that your able to get out there and work. My gardening has to wait a couple of weeks.

Angela Ryder said...

Oh, I feel your pain too! We've got the oak trees in our yard that drop their leaves in the Spring so our weekends are spent raking and sweeping over and over! Not looking forward to the Texas heat but the plants you chose are fabulous!!! Great job!!~~Angela

April said...

I love daylilies! I have quite a few in our gardens and it always puts a smile on my face to see them blooming, again! I bet your gardens are going to look great once everything gets all filled out. Won't be long now!

Carol Cook said...

You have a lot of yard to work with. I have trouble keeping up with my little garden. Good luck!

Poppy said...

It is very hard work, isn't it? I sympathize with you, as I went through it about 4 years ago. The fun part was doing the landscape design. I had it easy; my husband did all the hard labour, along with the landscapers. Just wait till it starts filling out; you'll be SO happy!

Poppy

Olive said...

I know that was a huge amount of work. The last time I spread out a huge amount of bark mulch here I brought literally millions of red chiggers into the yard and house. I was covered in them. The neighbors would not believe me when I told them I brought them here and it was my fault. I am sure that will not happen to anyone but me though so you are safe.

Maria Elena said...

You will get it all done, you'll see! The yard is always so much work! Our is really large and it has always been a difficult chore for us, specially in the Texas Summer heat. I have a new weekly link party which is live now and I would love if you stop by and link up this wonderful post! Hope to see you there!http://mariaelenasdecor.blogspot.com/ Hugs, Maria

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

What a lot of work! But it'll be worth it once things bloom and fill in!

Well I'll help you mulch if you help me mulch :)

Happy@Home said...

Wow, you have been busy and it looks great. It is hard work, for sure but so worth it in the end. Although there never seems to be an end with yard work :).

Deserae said...

WOW!!! You have really been hard at work!!! It is going to be gorgeous when it starts to fill in....actually is already looks so pretty :o)
~Des

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

Won't be long until you get the Yard of the Month award! BTW I found out from a friend that the city of Mesquite sells a cubic yard of mulch for $4 (and compost for $10). If you have a way to haul it, it could save you a bundle. He gave me a bag of compost and it was really good. I'm going to back up the Buick, line the trunk with a drop cloth, and have them fill 'er up :)
Can't wait to see the garden when it grows, it's going to be GORGEOUS!

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Oh my gosh it makes me tired just thinking about all this! Totally worth the time and sore muscles though...thanks for linking up to The Scoop!

Liz Hockamier said...

Oh! It is going to be so pretty! I hope you have a lovely weekend. Don't work to hard. :)

~Liz

Terri said...

Hi Stacey,

Thanks for visiting my lil ole blog! I see you've been digging in the dirt at your house as well! I just love feeling the sun on my shoulders with the birds and butterflies buzzing around me. Haven't gotten up the nerve to try roses yet but they're coming soon. Planning to build an arbor over my swing and plant New Dawn roses on it.

Terri

lynn said...

i'm so jealous that you are gardening already! (we are still cold:( you will love knock out roses, so easy to grow and loads of roses!

emily said...

YES!!!! I'm not the only one with a little man statue in my yard!!!

Beverly said...

Your flower beds will be beatiful. I love roses, but never have much luck with them. I didn't know there was a "rose mix" so maybe that's why. I love your choices of plants. Day Lilies are a favorite. They just keep coming back. Same with Mexican Heather. Be sure to show us pictures as it all fills in. I would love to help you spread mulch...if only I lived closer. A garden helps makes a house a home.

Cottage and Broome said...

I love your new roses, a pretty color. So much work putting down all that mulch but it always looks nice and helps the garden. Good luck with that hot dry weather! Laura

Debbie @ MeandMyDIY said...

Oh wow, what a lot of work! It's hard resisting the urge to fill in every space, isn't it? Kudos to you for leaving enough room for everything to grow. I'm sure it will look beautiful in no time at all.

Debbie