Sunday, November 4, 2012

another weekend gone by

 Well, another weekend has gone by. We are quickly closing in on the end of the year. Each day seems the normal length, but this year seems to have gone extra quick. (Possibly someone stole a couple days?) More projects are afoot here on the Phares Homestead. My wife has long plagued me to get the front yard fenced in and I’ve long thought our front yard needed a face-lift. So with tow hearts that beat as one, we are getting them both done.
In preparation for this, I had to take down our old split rail fence (which may be used to make more garden beds like the last ones - or perhaps not – only father time knows that one) and also to remove the flowers and shrubs and bulbs and roses that I thought were nice enough to spare from the wrath that is to come.
Most things that have been around for 20 odd years don’t like to be changed. Others just fall apart if you look at them the wrong way. This fence couldn’t decide which it was to be. Some parts looked like they were etched into the landscape for the rest of time and some was so rotted, that it sort of fell apart in your hands. All of it was removed though and is piled in a not so neat heap on the side of the yard.
Then I picked the plants that were removable and that I wanted to save. Some glads, some lilliums, some roses, some black eyed susans, some daisies, and a couple more. One hydrangea was acting rather difficult and it appeared that America was on the verge of being short one hydrangea, but time and patience prevailed and it is now residing in a large pot amidst the other refugees. As I was digging, a mole looked out of a hole and had a definite look of awe at how quickly I dug, but I hardly even noticed. There is still one rhododendron I am going to try to save, but it appears to have roots down to about the earths core. I will give it one shot and hopefully not kill it. I guess I can buy another if I really need another one.
Below are some pictures of the yard as is, and I’ll post more as the project begins to begin.

Radishes up front, beets and lettuce in the back

winter carrots (poor things were planted a little late and may not make it to fruition)

These were a small sucker early this summer, but now are taking over

Shasta Daisy
The seeds sprouted on the old flowers due to the nasty rainy weahter

Some one forgot to tell the honeysuckle that it's winter time


  1. That is so funny that the seeds sprouted right on the head of the daisies! So can you just cut off the heads and plant them now, then?

    Good luck on your new fence! That's a lot of work!

  2. I see our gardens are looking quite similar, I am having a difficult time finding positive things to post! It's difficult to save seeds here, especially when they sprout on the seedhead.

  3. Oh the carrots will do fine. I planted some in a big pot last year during winter, I thought the seeds would rot but nope - we are still eating those carrots!!!