This weekend was full of raking, pulling, digging, pruning, mowing, planting, and shrieking at disgusting mutant worms. I spent all day Saturday tidying up the flower bed that runs along the fence of my backyard. It was layered with dead leaves, probably from years past. The wild chives that take over my yard were invading other plants. There weren't many other plants, actually, which is why I purchased a few more. After a day's work, it still feels like there is a ton to do, but I wanted to give you a peek at how much I accomplished.
This is what the bed looked like before. It was covered in moist, decomposing leaves and most of the greenery was actually wild chives and scallions. I spent the better part of 2 hours raking up all the leaves and getting rid of sticks and dead vines.
Does anyone know what those tall red stalks are? It looked like some kind of root-y potato-y contraption underground. Rhubarb maybe? It's all irrelevant anyway because that shit is gone. There's no way I'd eat whatever it was because by the way, whatever this plant is attracts armies of potato bugs and giant, mutated earthworms. I know worms are good for your soil and all, so I left most of them there, but really it was gross. There was one worm that had to be a foot long. Sorry for the visual but if I had to deal with it, I'm taking you guys down with me. Anyway I just dug up the rhubarb-esque plant and tossed it behind the garage. Whatever ecosystem lived in that flower bed can happily survive back where I will never go. Goodbye, grossness.
In addition to all those wild edible foods was some kind of crazy branchy vine that was basically taking over everything. I think I got most of it out, but it was hard to tell which branches were roots, vines, or actually part of a plant that has yet to bloom. So I left some of it there in case the next few weeks divulge a beautiful blossoming plant or something.
The flower bed did include one hyacinth plant, which actually poked out of the wintery ground a few weeks ago. It has some lovely pink flowers, but so far that is the only blooming flora in my yard. I think some of the thorny bushes are roses--I don't know about you, but rose bushes seem silly to me. They don't bloom for long, and in the interim look like sticks with thorns. Not so attractive, in my humble opinion. Right now they look to be getting some leaves, and I'm not one to rip out a healthy plant so I let them live. How merciful of me.
After all of that clearing out, I mowed the lawn, and then I was able to plant some tulips I purchased at Lowe's. The bulbs were already grown into chutes, but the flowers have not bloomed yet. In my garage I also found a bag of wildflower seeds which are supposedly attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds, so I sprinkled some of those around the tulips. I hope they grow! I'm a big fan of wildflowers. I don't know if it is too late to plant seeds, but the package said "late Fall or Spring" so I'm guessing end of April is good. Besides, April showers bring May flowers, right? We are getting a sprinkling of Spring rain today, so I hope that helps! What do you think? Does it look better?
I also did some potting so I could spruce up the front stoop. I ended up buying way more flowers than I needed, but it turned out OK because I have a ton of flower pots lying around. I put two pots in my screened-in porch and two on the front steps. Oh, and yes, of course they are petunias. Gotta represent the pup! What do you think of the mismatched pots? I love them!
Have you done any landscaping or yardwork in your rental home, or do you think it's not worth the effort? Personally, I consider this practice for a future home, and my garage is full of tools, so I'm happy to do the work.