I woke up nice and late this morning. Steve was taking Aidan for a scenic drive and left me to my Sunday paper and toast. After I’d finished I thought about curling up on the couch and blogging, tweeting and online shopping but I just couldn’t do it.
As I mentioned in my last outfit photo post I knew I really needed to weed my front garden which is the backdrop to all my outfit photos. The weeds are out of control and I could no longer ignore them. For the last week all we’d seen was rain, I think the news reported that since last Sunday we’d only seen about 45 minutes of sunshine, it was crazy! Anyway, you can imagine how soft the soil was and I knew it was now or never as I can only do it when Aidan’s not home or he’ll want to run around and we’re too close to a busy road.
So I slathered myself in sunscreen, popped on some old clothes and set up camp in the front yard. If I was going to weed the garden I was going to do it right! I had my soft landing mat and a towel so I was comfy, a beach umbrella to keep the sun off my shoulders, gloves, tools and my iPhone so I could rock out to Kimbra.
The garden bed was a total mess. We’d attempted numerous times to get it in order but because we’re renting we haven’t really felt the need to invest in it. This is one of the many gorgeous plants we put in but all have been destroyed by these little buggers…
Ewwwwwwww. I am not a gardener so I need some help. I want to put flowers in to add a little colour but I need to keep these guys at bay, what do I have to do? My skin crawls every time I look at this photo… ick!
The garden bed gets full sun from morning til noon and there is no shade for it during that time. The plants I pick would also have to cope with the heat from the footpath and the house and need minimal watering. If you have any tips at all please give them too me, I need all the help I can get. So you know, the rest of the property has natives so no irrigation and is well established. The owners originally planted a few Kangaroo Paws in there but they died.
After well over an hour this is the end result. To be honest I’m tempted to dump pine bark mulch all over that sucker and just be done with it. I mean really, how much should I spend if it’s not even our house? But then I think of how pretty it could look and in turn how pretty it could look in the photos… sigh
Just above the solar light is a stump but otherwise the entire bed is clear and ready. What should I put in the soil to enhance it, Blood & Bone or is there something I should sprinkle on it? I really have no idea when it comes to dirt. Steve planted those creepers awhile ago and they’re just starting to get going, I think they’d look great covering that big blank patch of wall.
Of course once I pulled all those weeds out I had to bag them up ready for the bin man. When I’m rich surely someone can come and do this for me right? That said I did feel immense satisfaction when Aidan and Steve pulled up into the driveway and saw me sweating it out in the heat doing manual labour, the task at hand achieved… go me!
When Steve caught me taking photos of my weeding progress he asked “So you took a photo of my awesome lawn too right?” Yes honey, yes I did because out of all the annoying hobbies you could of started “Growing Great Lawn” would have to be the coolest. Seriously, that stuff is like carpet!
After a long morning in the sun with NO sunburn whatsoever I settled back with a well deserved Rekorderlig and googled “sun loving flowers NSW”. I’d really love your help with the soil prep, slug killing and plant selection… here’s to a pretty outfit photo background and a lovely new garden!