Uncanny, how vistas change in a wee season and projects present themselves abruptly.
This month, the wild bird bath waved its copper flag at me from across the turf…hey lady, this shrub is toast and I need a makeover. How about it, NOW!
Ok, I concurred. This winter was very hard on a few residents of my landscape, and this small feature became an eyesore overnight.
my little ugly duckling in full view from the rear terrace ~ winky-wonk copper bird bath…
the original circle was topped with pea gravel and river rock, and the holly was a volunteer, seeded by a fly over wild bird
I can do this! One small shrub cannot be that hard to remove…ha!
after the holly was sawed off, I raked the largest stones into the wheelbarrow and reused the pile in the lower garden
once the deck was clear of most stones, I pondered on the stump…it could not remain, as the bird bath needed centering, or so I thought…
on both knees, I began to chop, chop, chop with my little Swedish hatchet
as moments passed, I realized this “small” root was not. The bin began to fill and numerous trips were made to the shed for additional tools…as I hacked, forked, and picked at tough roots, thoughts of the great pyramids and the tedious excavation of Pompeii trickled through my brain, keeping me on task. I can do this!
This bugger took ages to excavate; close to an hour. I considered calling my digging man, yet this simple DIY lured me to finish in ONE morning!
I pushed on and somewhat leveled the rich soil. Paver sand was in the shed from another project, and I hope the effort makes a difference. The old aggregate step stone has served me well and once leveled, I discovered a 1994 quarter. Not a coveted arrowhead sometimes found in these parts…drat!
1994 quarter-dollar. When I carried it to the shed, it slipped from my gloved hand and is now lost again somewhere in the shed. Guess that coin enjoys being lost…
after a trip to town, twenty pavers completed the circle and mulch top dressed the project. I swear the bird bath is centered…hmm.
This is certainly an improved look, don’t you think? While I contemplate what plant material should go around the bird bath I will heal my wounded self. I admit my body ached from head to toe for two days following this DIY, and I am rapidly succumbing to future assistance from hired labor. No pain, no gain?
You go girl, cooed the garden ornaments…
The following week I added three plants around the stepping-stones…
those tiny plants are Munstead lavender, in honor of Gertrude Jekyll ~ an easy start to a great plant, if they are happy here. Time will tell.
Check out my other DIY project at http://dianelasauce.wordpress.com/2011/09/08/the-thing-about-renewal/
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