Monday, March 16, 2009

Ouch, man….

It was a beautiful day here today--sunny and pushing 70°! In lieu of a workout, I hit the yard for some cleanup. I picked up lots of branches and limbs that had accumulated over the winter and piled them on a couple of brush piles. I went out front and cut back all the dead junk in the front flower bed. As I was doing that, I decided to get all the leaves out of there, too. I like to refer to leaves as "nature's mulch," and let me tell you, those perennials were well protected! (If we tried to get rid of all the leaves in our yard in the fall, it would be like one of those special punishments or impossible tasks--Sisyphus pushing his rock up the hill, Tantalus trying to reach his grapes, or Hercules cleaning the Augean stables. Thus, nature's mulch.)

Daisies I was glad I cleaned the leaves out of there, because things are greening up and popping out! This will get more sunshine to them, and I hope everything does well. I've been trying to plant more perennials each year (after they go on sale) so that I don't have to buy annuals every year. That gets expensive! (I still want to get some for the front flower boxes, though.) The flower bed that Ken built a few years ago gets lots of sun, and I've tried to get very hardy and sun-tolerant perennials. The Shasta daisies seem to do really well, and this picture is from last year. I can hardly wait to see them start blooming--daisies are so cheery. Coreopsis also seems to thrive there. Maybe I'll put some coneflowers in later this summer.

Anyhoo, it was nice to see some green in there! I also noticed that in front of the house, there were a couple of places where the leaves were pushed up. The crocuses are doing very well! Some are even blooming already. It amazes me that crocuses can push a pile of leaves up like that. We have crocuses of steeeeeel!

It felt so great to get out there and work, and I worked up a sweat. But ouch, I hurt already! I'll probably really be sore tomorrow. It's a good kind of hurt, though. I was planning on shooting some hoops after I cleaned out the flower bed, but I was plum tuckered and I'll do that later this week. I hope the weather was good in your neck of the woods!


  1. It's still raining here Beth. Sounds like you had a very productive day. I'm ready to get out & do yard work too.

  2. We have rain here in Smallville, too.
    Last week, though, we had about three gorgeous days and I was doing the yard thing,too, although I was so annoyed by the leaves, I didn't think of them as nature's mulch, but as nature's refuse.
    Oh well......po-tay-toe...po-tah-toe

  3. Its been pushing 80F here for a couple of weeks. We didn't have a winter to speak of. Can summer be just around the corner! Yikes!

  4. I was close to putting down the top today. Thanks for the yard cleanup.

  5. Is that a current picture? If so, that is a lot of green for northern Indiana in March, isn't it? Anyway, pretty picture. And yes, you will probably be good and sore tomorrow. Happy gardening.

  6. Hi Beth,
    Yikes ... Crocuses of Steel. Sounds scary!

  7. See... in that entire entry, all I hear is... blah, blah, SPIDERS, blah, blah, SPIDERS, blah, blah, SPIDERS!!!! LOL!!! I'm glad you enjoyed it, it really does sound nice, except for SPIDERS!

  8. What a great way to do exercise Beth. It makes us all feel so much better when the sun shines and it gets a bit warmer. Been lovely over here as well this past week Although we still have a frost first thing in morning but that soon burns of when the sun comes out. All our spring flowers are about now such as the daffodils, and even a few tulips..after such a hard winter it is a miracle they have popped up so quickly.
    Much Love Sybil x

  9. I like tiding up my small garden, Beth, too. But at the moment I'm plagued with a terrible backache and I cannot do anything, at least for a while. Ciao. A.

  10. We had beautiful weather yesterday and worked in the yard also. With n[my staggery walk I have to be very carefdul on ground because ours is not smooth but Joe did most of the work. He is heeding warning signs that his heart may not be as good as it once was. which it is about time, and quit after one flowerbed.It got up to 79 yesterday and maY do it again. But a cooling trend is on the way. Lucy

  11. It's gorgeous outside today, but I'm stuck inside waiting for the repair guy for the pellet stove. Black smoke billowing into your house isn't kosher in any form. (Hugs)Indigo

  12. Beth sounds like you have been busy in your Yard (Love the Dasies) ~ good way to do some exercize ~ hope those aches and pains are gone by tomorrow :o) ~ Ally x

  13. Hurray for you, Beth! I'm at work (dinner break), and all the way in to work today with my windows open and the sun shining I was wishing I could stay home and do exactly what you did today! Gosh, I can't wait! And that sore that you're talking about....yeah, it's a real good kind of sore.

  14. Hope you took an asprin to make the pain go away. We did our 'spring thing' today, and I am as sore as I could want to be!!

  15. Beth:

    Sounds like you had a good day and I have always found that work around the yard can make your soul feel better too.

    Basketball, gotta Love it! Maybe some day I can challage you in a game of Pig or house. I'm not sure what you folk's call it over in Indiana. (Hoosier)

    I caught the first part of Two and Half Men and it was funny! LOL

    Happy Be-lated St. Patrick's day! The weather has been similar all the way over here in Illinois.

    I hope you have a fantastic day!



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