Sunday, April 7, 2013

#6 Tackling the Jungle

Spring Break is over today and I got most of the things done on my list.

#6 has been eluding me because I developed bursitis and the doctor ordered me to take it easy.

What exactly does "taking it easy" mean?

I knew it meant no gardening.

My body agreed with the doctor and refused to let me garden.

But, Victor came to the rescue.

Victor is our neighbor's gardener and he agreed to come to our house yesterday.

He worked for HOURS tackling the jungle.

He trimmed the ivy and hibiscus, weeded and cleaned up the cobblestones.

I am embarrassed to show the before picture of this section of the garden.

In my defense, I teach middle school and coach volleyball so I don't get home until after dark from October through March.

I had a few plants on hand, but there won't be anymore planting until next weekend.

I wanted some color in the garden so this morning I grabbed the WELCOME sign that has been calling out for a makeover and painted it.

I love Annie Sloan Chalk Paint because the whole sign took only a couple of hours to paint, stencil, distress and put in the garden.

#6 was completed after all.

There is still so much to do, but the garden is looking pretty good.

And, if I wasn't back at school tomorrow, I could follow the doctor's orders and take it easy in one of those blue chairs.

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  1. Your garden is looking great! I've begun weeding the fruit bushes I have, but when you live in a place where it rains a lot like I do, I takes several days as weeds love rain! I do hope you'll feel better soon. I've suscribed by email, because I've noticed I missed too many posts as I don't always check the blogger dashboard!

  2. What a beautiful garden! I wish Victor worked in TN! The cobblestones/large stepping stones are really nice. And what is that tree where the bark is so green and cupped in the middle. Is that a water dish for the birds in it? I hope your bursitis calms down. Been there. Know how it hurts. But you will enjoy your weekends and evenings in the garden so much. Maybe coffee out there early while it's cool too?

  3. Your garden looks fabulous. Great idea to nab your neighbors gardener, he did an amazing job. Your new painted sign is just perfect:) Now take a rest in your blue chair!

  4. Looks great! And, I bet it feels so good to have so much done. We're slowly...verrrry slowly catching up on our back yard. A gardener sure would be helpful. :-)

  5. The garden looks lovely. No need to be embarrassed, we all have weeds now and then. Oh how I could use a Victor once in a while. Love the garden sign!

  6. Carol,
    Your garden is looking so pretty. I can't wait to get mine going. Hopefully next month it will happen. I too love your garden signs so cute.

  7. Yay it got done! And it looks fabulous! You can rest at school, maybe? Glad you got so much done this week, very inspiring. Mary

  8. Looks like a perfect spot to recuperate. Now, if you can just find a moment to sit there...

  9. Your garden is fabulous! I love your sign re-do and adore all the rocks, lol. You have created the perfect place to take a break... make sure to sit back and enjoy it. Don't wait for Doctor's orders :-)

  10. Such a cute and colorful garden just like your home.

  11. Oh well now, doesn't it all look lovely~
    I love the blue chairs. They sell those where my son in-law works.
    I really like the 'garden' sign...looks so cute.
    You've given me an idea for all the fan blades I have in the barn!
    I can label my YARD!
    get well quick and have fun back at school. Pat

  12. Your garden looks beautiful! Life to the full! Melissa

  13. AH! I wish you could sit in that blue chair and enjoy your beautiful garden! The colors and lushness of your garden is outstanding! Hey...and that sign...AWESOME! I love how you just grab something and make it into something totally new and fresh! Rockstar! Have a great week and remember to take it easy!!! How many more days do you have??? Any retirement parties for you???

  14. Your garden looks so inviting already!! Beautiful! Take care of yourself as you start back to school again.
    Mary Alice

  15. The garden looks wonderful! It got up to the low 40's today, and Charles split a whole bunch of wood. Neighbors were working in their yards. I concentrated on the house - it felt good to put away some clutter!

  16. Your garden areas look so lovely and nice of your neighbor's gardener to come over and help!

  17. I hope you feel better, bursitis is no fun. Could you send Victor my way? :-) Your home both inside and out is gorgeous! It has finally warmed up a little here and the ground is hardening enough not to sink into the mud so I plan to get outside and begin tackling some of the weeds before they have a chance to grab hold.

  18. Oh my goodness Carol, bursitis is a bummer. I hope you're feeling better. Your garden sure looks wonderful, and it's reminding me that I need to get outside and do some cleaning up too. You're motivating me with your lists :)
    Leslie (Gwen Moss)

  19. Bursitis sounds really painful. I hope you feel better soon. Thank goodness for nice people like Victor who want to help out. :) Your garden looks great already.

  20. Can I borrow Victor for a couple of days. You have to rest, bursitis can be so painful. Good luck back at school. The garden looks so nice.

  21. so gorgeous! love that the chairs match your trim, too!! What a pretty yard!

  22. Oh so wonderful blue chairs that match the trim on the house and it is so neat that Victor took care of the garden for you.

  23. Oh wow, I'm so envious of the GREEN!! Love the stone patio and blue chairs. Looks like a good place to 'take it easy'. Hope you're feeling better! :)

  24. Your outdoor garden area is so pretty! I love seeing the different plants that grow in your area. The bright colored sign and chairs are a fun accent outside. They compliment your home and garden nicely. Glad to hear that you're taking doctors orders to heart. It will take some time, but will get better. In fact, if you already got a cortizone shot, it should already be better! I've never gotten one before because I'm too chicken and because I get flare-ups often, I have a lot of experience on what to do on my own to make it better. I think the first time you get bursitis is the worst! It seems subsequent flare-ups aren't as severe (at least for me).

  25. What a stunning garden! I like the idea of relaxing in one of those blue chairs-lol! :)

  26. Your garden is beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent this week. So thrilled to have you share with us. Have a wonderful weekend. :)

  27. Your garden is awesome looking and those blue chairs are calling your name to sit and relax.
    Take easy back at school.