This past weekend was anything but relaxing, but we worked very hard on an area that we will soon be able to relax on. I learned how to use 3 new power tools: Sawzall (can cut through anything), palm sander and belt sander. Sweet Pea also did lots of sanding, but the majority of the sanding and work was done by "the muscle". We removed deck railings, sanded the whole huge deck and then stained it. We're leaving the railings off since the deck is only one step up, and it really made the yard feel bigger. It looks great, and once it's all put back together I'll share some pictures. Until then I'm tired just thinking about it!
After we finally finished I went to the front yard to water and check out the flowers, and I felt as if I had my energy renewed as I looked around to see some new flowers blooming.
This Oriental Lily came in a mixed bag and I couldn't seem to match it to any of the pictures. It is just beautiful and blooming in the shade of the Dogwood tree.
Echinacea 'Tiki Torch' is one that I bought awhile ago at a two for one sale. This flower practically glows, I just love it.
Rose 'Julia Child' is new to the yard and has a cluster of delicious smelling flowers.
Hydrangea 'Preziosa' continues with it's neat color changes.
Phlox 'David' with it's pure white flowers blooms across from my 'Iceberg' rose. This one reseeds a lot in my yard. Does it do that for anyone else?
More of the wintersown Cosmos are beginning to bloom.
One of the new lavenders 'Old English' is covered in bees.
Hens and Chicks has it's first flower, they really are pretty.
Today will much more of a fun day, now that the hard work is finished. I can't wait to "decorate" by adding some planters with flowers and then just sit and relax for awhile.