Summer Means Gardening!

The past couple of days, I was tasked with helping out my Mom at her place to clean up the front of her house with a bit of gardening.

Day One

When I showed up, it was obviously not going to be an easy task.


Around the whole front of the house she had nearly ½ a foot of PACKED Gravel in the flower bed from a previous owner.

So with the help of my Step Father, we began the rigorous task of digging it all out.

We used Shovels!  We used Rakes!  We even broke out a Pick Axe!

After spending close to six hours working away at the rocks we called it a day, making it about halfway past the chimney.

During the digging, my Mom, Step Dad, and my totally awesome son Logan took a quick trip over to the Green House to get a VERY large collection of plants at a really good price!  FREE!

Day Two

The next day, I came over with the kids dead set on finishing the task.

After a tasty lunch, I set up the Play Area in the shade for Zoey to have fun while Logan ran around playing.  Every now and then, he’d volunteer to help pick up stray rocks which made it into the grass.  Don’t want any lawn mower projectiles around here if we can manage it.

It wasn’t long before my Mom tossed out the idea of a Trellis!

At this time in my life, you’d think I’d know what that word meant, but no…  no I didn’t!

After looking it up and being shown a few pictures of what my mom had in mind, I went in a completely different direction!

I grabbed a Tape and took a few measurements on the chimney before getting to work.



It took me roughly thirty minutes to cut the wood and nail it all together.  I probably should have looked for plans online or something, but I had an image in my mind of what I felt would look good.

Painted the thing took nearly FOUR TIMES as long as it did to build it.

It’s no secret in my family that I HATE painting.  I’ve never liked it in any form.  I don’t even like paining on a canvas.

But I sucked it up and got it done!

I think it turned out rather nice, and my Mom absolutely loved it.

After placing the Trellis where it was going to stay, we filled the planter boxes I added to it with fresh Peat Moss and began planting what felt like a never ending supply of flowers in any place my Mom pointed.

Finally, I dumped 7 bags of Cedar Mulch to fill all the gaps.

Everything turned out very nice, especially when Mom pulled out the 4th of July decor!

And now for the moment you’ve been waiting for…

9 thoughts on “Summer Means Gardening!

  • June 29, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    There is nothing better than doing something together as a family and even more so if its to do something productive around the house!
    Thank you for sharing this with us at #TriumphantTales. I hope to see you back next week.

  • June 30, 2017 at 2:09 am

    I love that you did this for your Mum, it’s lovely! Can you come and do my balcony…?! #thatfridaylinky

  • July 1, 2017 at 12:07 am

    That is a pretty impressive transformation. I am afraid we cheat. We get gardners around once a month or else the place would look like a jungle! great work and love the decorations. #thatfridaylinky

  • July 2, 2017 at 3:17 am

    Looking very good like John I cheat I never do the garden we have Gardners in I hate gardening not my thing haha! Thanks for linking to the #THAT FRIDAY LINKY come back next week please

  • July 2, 2017 at 6:55 am

    What a job to take on! It’s great you had a little help along the way! Thanks so much for sharing with #Blogstravaganza xx

  • July 2, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    I wish I was good at gardening. So lovely of you to do this for your mum and glad all the hard work paid off.x #blogcrush


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