May 09, 2011

Our Mother's Day Projects

Mother's Day was a gorgeous, if not sweltering hot, day here, so we took advantage of the weather to do some yard work. It was actually a lot of fun. One of our hedges in front of the house died, so the six of us went to a local nursery to find a replacement. It took Hubby a long time to dig up the dead one, but this was the final result (We ended up putting in three hedges. The one on the left has been here since we moved in)
Ignore the dead grass near the rocks. We had a ruptured line in our sprinkler system, which was fixed on Saturday. Now the company has to come back this afternoon to complete the sprinkler activation.
While Hubby battled the bushes, the girls and I worked on planting flowers.
I let each of them chose flowers at Home Depot and they were quite particular about where the flowers should be placed in the planter. (Note to everyone: Home Depot is NOT the place you want to be on Mother's Day if you don't like crowds. I had no idea how many moms con their families into doing yard work by pulling the "Mother's Day card"). Despite the crowd, I think we're going to make this a Mother's Day tradition. It was a lot of fun watching my girls choose their flowers. They are quite proud of their work and made me water the flowers before school this morning. Nothing like adding more work to the morning routine.
By the end of the day yesterday, we were all covered in sunscreen, dirt, sweat and popsicles. I think I threw the girls in the shower around 4pm just to help them cool down.
All in all, it was a great day. Unfortunately, in the middle of all the yard work, we discovered this:
 Don't let the green in this picture fool you. That's from our blooming, still-alive tree. The empty branches are from our other tree, which apparently died. Seriously?! Removing a hedge is one thing. A tree? I've been making calls to figure out who will remove this tree without charging me way too much. As part of our HOA covenants, that particular tree has to be replaced. Our yard work is never done!


Anonymous said...

I love the planter with the girl's flowers, but buy a bigger planter next time. You could also let them help plant the new tree.

Expect expense to remove the tree. It might also pay to find out why the old one died. It looks healthy enough - except for the lack of leaves.

Good luck. You are giving the girls a love of flowers. Every girl needs flowers.

Quadmama said...

I realized as we were planting the flowers that we needed either a bigger planter or not as many flowers. Hubby took another look at the tree and thinks it might be budding. Now that our sprinkler system is fixed, hopefully the tree will get some much needed water!

MaryAnne said...

I was going to say that the tree looks alive to me, just a late bloomer. I hope so - removing trees (and planting new ones) is expensive!

MandyE (Twin Trials and Triumphs) said...

What a great activity for Mother's Day! I think that's a beautiful way to have fun as a family, and to help your daughters show their appreciation for their mom! :)

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