Sunday, July 13, 2014

Just a Little Work in the Secret Garden

I was determined to work in the secret garden in spite of my fear of snakes. Many of you know that I was in Florida for 4 months because my granddaughter Rea has been sick (Please continue to pray for her), so our yard has been neglected and has overgrown, especially the secret garden since nobody ever goes down there. My hubby pretty much works 7 days a week, even if he is off every weekend and therefore has no time to do yard work and gardening. He does his paperwork on weekends and often gets calls for emergencies and sometimes have to perform surgeries too.
 
I put on my gardening boots, even on a 90 degree weather. It gives me a little peace of mind, even though I did not really see any snake, lol.
I asked John to stay with me even if he will just sit there. It makes me feel safer so he can take to the hospital in case I got bitten. Are you imagining now how really terrified I am of snakes? LOL! But he actually worked with me. Yippee!
Do you see how overgrown it is? I actually created some terracing on the right side but you can't even see it.

 
Somewhere there, I have a "Secret Garden" sign, but again you can't see it.
After cleaning and trimming a bit, you can see it now. There it is!
 
Most of my flowers growing in the secret garden now are orange and they are all perennials. I did not plant anything new this year because I was mostly not home.
You can hardly see the iron swing too. The honeysuckle vine has taken over.
After trimming the vine, the swing is more visible. I have to leave for Florida soon again but when I come back, I plan to paint this and recover the padding. What color paint do you think would be nice?
The canna lilies under the oak are orange too.
Looking much better and brighter now, though it has not reached my satisfaction level yet. I got exhausted that I had to stop. I could not even swim because I thought I would pass out so I just sat on the recliner inside the house and rested prior to taking a shower. I know my limitations.
But I can live with this now.

See the Asian jasmine ground cover? It needs to be trimmed on the deck but I am out of time. It is creeping in. I have to prepare for my next trip to FL, not to mention catching up on all my work that was abandoned while I was gone.




Enough of the secret garden down below. Let me share some pictures of our wet deck.


 

 

I can't wait for Rea to get well so all the grandkids can visit and enjoy this.
 
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14 comments:

Phyllis @Around the House said...

Love your wonderful space, the garden and green space is so great, I adore the water sprinkle area, so cool...

Creations By Cindy said...

Christine, you are not alone with the fear of snakes! I am horrified! Your garden has always been so pretty to me and I have no doubt that in due time you will have it looking just like you want it too! Praying for Rhea. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Shelia said...

Hi Christine! Oh, how nice to hear from you and I'm so glad little Rea is doing much better but she is still in my prayers.
Now your grounds are beautiful, even when a bit neglected. I don't know how in the world you do all you do! Love your pretty secret garden area. You must have a huge lot! :) Your wet deck is marvelous. I can just see all of those little ones jumping all around there. Have a safe trip back to Florida.
Thanks for popping in to see me.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia;)

Vel Criste said...

Hew! I got tired just by looking at what you had to work with dear. You have a huge 'secret garden' and I think it's lovely! That wet deck wil surely be a hit for Rea and all the other grandkids, hope your wish comes true soon.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Those boots were a great idea. I do not like snacks and we put down a product called liquid fence each year which helps!! Your garden is amazing and so beautiful. I love the wet deck, that looks like fun.

Lmkazmierczak said...

You have your work cut out for you....lovely potential. All the best for your grand daughter♪ http://lauriekazmierczak.com/abstracts/

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Oh my dear Christine, you are gonna have lots of work here! I can see it's way overgrown, but you will have your secret garden gorgeous in no time! How nice John is helping you.
Have a lovely week.
FABBY

Cathy Carroll said...

What a wonderful space for a secret garden to sit and wile away all the hours after you get done with all that work. It will be marvelous. I love your wet deck - how fun for the little ones. Cathy

lorik said...

Thanks for being part of Mandarin Orange Monday and sharing your images:)

Christine Graves said...

Wow you did a lot of work and it is looking great! and I am so jealous...you have your own water park right in your back yard...thats great!

Pattie T. said...

What an incredible and inviting garden. The fountain is spectacular.

Angelina B. said...

A beautiful garden!! I would wear boots too as I am also afraid of snakes!

Lady Linda said...

Everything looks wonderful. I HATE SNAKES!
I bet you can't wait to share it all with those beautiful grandchildren.
ENJOY.

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