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...

Peace Out,
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  • KAREN608
    Wonderful to have a gardener friend nearby! It will look new next summer.

    Yup, squatting down will give lots of pain to us not used to it!
    I used to call it springitus.... when I used to plant things. So windy up
    here and lots of moles so haven't planted anything.

    Painting and wallpaper removal...ooh I will have few walls of that to do myself. In the end it'll look grand but the process! Turn favorite music on loud and spray and scrape.... what a work out! You can hire it done but then what would you blog about?
    2032 days ago
  • SUSIEQ911
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  • KONRAD695
    Now that I am confident you know what you're doing. I'll let you come up and work in my yard. This is a GREAT PRIVILEGE. Not many people are afforded this type of free activity. There will be no charge for any of these planting lessons. A garden hose with unlimited well water will be available for cleanup afterward. The water will also be free. Laundry service will be your own responsibility. I will keep all day Friday open to help monitor your progress.

    Good Luck, Konrad
    2033 days ago
  • 68ANNE
    I have done something like that before and my mom is always asking me to take flowers too. I have iris' and everyone knows what prolific things they are. Good for you on the yard work/exercise!
    2033 days ago
    That is a great idea!!

    2033 days ago
  • KONRAD695
    Great idea, glad you could get some exercise out of it. Checking in quick. Hope you're doing well. Back soon, Konrad
    2033 days ago
  • no profile photo SUEPERWOMAN

    What a GREAT idea! Good neighbors and great exercise, I like that combination.

    Love, Ginger
    2033 days ago
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