A Perennial Exchange and Exercise
Monday, September 30, 2013
Here's an interesting way to improve or change your landscape: exchange perennials with a friend.
I called a friend who is an avid gardener. I am not. However, I live in a yard that has 25 years of growth in some areas, a few years in another. I have ripped out landscaping that was covering up other landscaping that has grown through. If the plants weren't alive, I could swear I was a paleontologist. I kept running into various vines, roots, rocks, and bulbs (oops!). I knew it was time for some changes.
So I sent an email with a list of perennials that I needed to thin. She had several herself. So she brought quite a few over in grocery bags as I walked around the yard and showed her what I needed to thin out. She decided what she wanted to take. So she and I dug them up and she headed out. Then I planted what she gave me.
Today my hamstrings and booty are sore. I always forget that all that "deadlift" motion isn't something I normally do. It seemed to me like I did a lot, but the yard doesn't look a lot different yet. Next Spring I am hoping for some nice changes, so it will be a while to find out if they "took."
Now if I could only talk someone into the fun of removing wallpaper and painting...