Sunday, June 26, 2011

Two Girls, A Trowel and Determination

We moved in to this house about 10 years ago (I'd have to look up the exact date..I'm so bad).  At that time, the two areas I'm about to show you were over run with some unidentifiable shrubs.  My first task was to rip it all out and to transform them into flower beds.

I knew they needed edging and resorted to the old plastic stuff that I knew didn't hold up too well.  However, I didn't dare try to use any other type of edging, i.e. bricks, pavers or those retaining wall things.  You see, I'm not very good with math and I wasn't sure I'd measure things out correctly.  I was also, oh I hate to admit this, really dumb about going to Menards, Home Depot or a place like that because I didn't want to look stupid when I had to ask how I was to get them all loaded into my vehicle.

As time wore on, the edging popped at the corners and cracked in the middle.  I've had others patch it down for me and done it more times than I can count.  I've used rocks to "fill in" where there were gaps...and well..it was a sad, sad situation.  I won't even mention how many times I've ummm...hit it with the mower and popped a section up.

So for the past 3 years as I gaze across my yard, they have been an eyesore.  I haven't even kept up with my flowers like I should (which you will see shortly).  I've stewed about what to do, vowing each year, that this was the year I'd do something about it, only to talk myself out of it.

Finally, this was the year.  This was the weekend.  THIS was THE day!  With the help of my daughter, we loaded 71 pavers onto a flat cart, loaded them into the car and unloaded them once we arrived home.  With the aforementioned trowel and determination, we went from this...



to this...





Wanna know my proudest moment of this whole project?  I only had two (2) pavers left over!

Next time you see these, they'll hopefully be flourishing with beautiful flowers like this one...


21 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is beautiful! You are such a hard worker. I finally caught up on your blogs and have throughly enjoyed every one of that. I especially love the bench T.J. & Becky made! Love, Mona

Kathy said...

Job well done! And it's always good to have a spare or two!

Anonymous said...

Excuse me "that" should have been "them"!

thesedaysofmine.com said...

You are a brave, brave girl!!! Great job - I love the results of your labor.
And good job to your daughter for helping too!

Anonymous said...

Very, VERY nice job Jill! Wish I had that creativity - I let my hubby do that, he's so much better at it than I! Love your blog also.

texwisgirl said...

oh that's awesome! and save those two for when you hit one too hard with the mower and it breaks! :)

Debbie said...

this came out fantastic, really, it is just gorgeous!! so gald you did before, during and after shots!!!

and i LOVE that you decorated it with "cute", "unnecessary" garden ornaments, a girl can never have too many of those!!!

doesn't it feel great!!!!

Janice said...

Good job! you are inspiring me to fix my flower bed. I only have 1 bed that has the plastic border and it is a mess and been hit with the mower too many times. I shall make it a project real soon!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Whew! What a project! It turned out beautifully!

Madi and Mom said...

Jill absolutely beautiful completed project...are you and your daughter for hire?
Your garden is lovely. Well done. It is too hot in NC to do that kind of work this time of year!!
Madi and Mom

Jenny Woolf said...

Well done! what an excellent bit of work!

Pieces of Sunshine said...

There's something so satisfying about conquering a job like this. Now every time you glance over the yard you'll reap that sense of accomplishment. We did something similar with our vege patch after having used hardiplank which disintegrated. Our grass still tries to overcome the pavers but it's manageable.

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

Looks like you did a great job. Looks wonderful!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

It really looks great, and so much more defined!! I've not used pavers for a couple of projects for the exact same reason--But you've given me some courage so I'm going to rethink that!

I hope you've had a good weekend!!

Leontien said...

I think you did an awesome job and i would have been very proud aswell with only 2 pavers left!!!

Leontien

Jackie said...

simply wonderful.... nice job Jill, you and your daughter really know what your doing, I'm so impressed you only had 2 edgers left over.

tattina said...

How industrious you are!
The result is excellent.
Tatyana

Gloria said...

Looks beautiful!! Thanks for commenting and following my blog!

Samantha said...

It looks great!!

Young Adventures... said...

It looks absolutely beautiful Jill! You and your daughter did such a great job, you should be proud of yourselves.

JATunnell said...

Just love the fact that you mastered your fears and forged ahead that you succeeded!!!! I also am some what intimidated when thinking about planning yard work on that scale. One day, I too hope to "jump"in and get it done.