Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Planning Ahead...

I never, ever thought I'd be considering least not for a very long time, but this is what I'm thinking...

You may remember seeing pictures of my big perennial border.  This was taken earlier this spring.  I love the way it looks when everything has turned green, the mulch is fresh, and the weeds are virtually non-existent!

Some of my favorites, in full bloom...

It's been an eye-opening summer.

I'm getting "too old" for all the work that it takes...beautiful as it may be. I've had some very, very kind friends and family who have come and cared for my garden and perennials this late summer and fall...and I'm very thankful for them.  However, I need to make some changes in the expectations that I put on myself. The thought of spreading six to eight scoops of mulch next spring seems overwhelming, if not impossible.  

We'll see...maybe I'll have a huge perennial giveaway in the spring.  Put in your orders!


  1. Oh Alica, I so understand. I feel exactly like that and I'm getting older everyday and I have so many responsibilities and what used to be tidy well managed flower beds have been so neglected lately. I'm also neglecting my indoor plants as well. Life is like a merry go round. You and I need a gardener.

    Hope your back will be all better before next spring.


  2. I know it has been a long year. I hope things change and you don't have to tear it up. It is beautiful. You never know what next year will bring. Hopefully good health.

  3. only if i can get a gardener to go with them! :)

  4. You know sometimes you just have to listen to your body and that is a beautiful garden. It will be OK for a while with the perennials you never know what will happen in the future. Take care of you. HUGS B

  5. Buttons is right- you have to do what is right for you. Lovely as they are, you need to come first.

  6. Absolutely gorgeous.!! But I understand where you are coming from. We are cutting back, too. The chickens go to our daughter's place soon.

  7. That is one of my favorite pictures of your place I think your flowerbeds are just perfect.

  8. That's a tough decision. Hope you don't have to follow through with it but I do understand. Your perennial bed is gorgeous. I can see the need for a lot of hard work to make it look so beautiful.

  9. Your flower garden is gorgeous, Alicia. I understand the tough decision to keep or not. We all have to prioritize what we have time for. When I was working in town, gardening was the last think I wanted to deal with at the end of the day.

    Good Luck with the rest of your corn chopping and grain harvest. Be safe and enjoy the process.

    Yes, the trees I posted are cottonwoods on the edge of a stock dam.

  10. One of the saddest things we had to do here on our property this year was to turn a gorgeous perennial bed back into grass. I can no longer do any of the gardening, and my husband has enough other it had to be done. I understand how you're feeling.

  11. Your borders are very beautiful. I can appreciate how much work they take though, and I can understand you wanting to simplify the yard.
    Esp. with the issues that you've had with your back, it will be good to not have to worry about the work that is involved in keeping the borders nicely groomed.

  12. I certainly understand that feeling of getting too old. That's a beautiful bed. Hope you do manage to keep some of it.


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