Nannie and Popa graciously agreed to provide the swingset for J's birthday. Both J and K are taking full advantage of the daylight hours and spend a great deal of time in the backyard. We wanted to provide a "safe" play area so we decided to mulch the area around the swingset and then put edging around that. We also discovered that, due to the shade from the tree, grass will not grow in the large area surrounding this tree....so we decided to mulch it and then fill the grass in around the edge of the border.
39 bags of mulch......over 100 feet of edging with rubber safety top, 4 hours of intensive work (with a few gatorade breaks :) and a tremendous amount of satisfaction on a job completed and well done. We didn't realize it until we saw the evening news - but it was 97 degrees on Sunday. No damn wonder we were so hot and sweaty.....even in the glorious shade of this maple tree.
We plan to fill that inner circle with these:
Last year - for Mother's Day or my birthday - I can't remember - A gave me these two hosta plants. They each had just a few leaves that were no bigger than a child's palm. Look at how they've grown in just one year. Today I plan to split the rhizomes into 6 individual plants and then place those plants in the flower bed around the tree. I'll fill in the remainder spaces with either caladiums or Purple Heart.
Here's a few more shots of things going on in our backyard:
This is just 4 days old and yes....that's ivy growing in the 5 o'clock position. Yes, I know that I said that I HATE all kinds of ivy. Yes, I said that it would be eradicated anywhere on our property. No, I don't know what possessed me to include this except that I already had it, it was a gift from someone and with it being in a container - it wouldn't be able to spread anywhere on the property. There's sweet potato vine, two variations of coleus, some white petunias, and that tall grass that turns purple in the fall.
Take a look at these ....
My only guess is that the sunflower plants came from seeds knocked to the ground by the birds when they visited the feeders above. We have 3 sunflower plants that are about 18 inches tall so far. They only get morning sun - so I'm not sure how well they will do.
More landscape pictures tomorrow.....and some opportunities for you to help me identify some plants. Gotta get outside and in the flowerbeds before it gets too hot.