Part Four In The Regal Beagle's Exterior Transformation
Good things take time and effort. The most gorgeous garden photo on IG or Pinterest took time and effort to plan, execute and most of all grow! Even if you hire someone to do the work for you, or have an unlimited budget as some trust fund farmers do, it still take time and effort for things to thrive. I keep this at the forefront of my mind as we continue our work on the landscaping of the Regal Beagle. We have a vision, and we are sticking to it. Yes, we are working swiftly according to the neighborhood lookie-loos and friends on social media. That is our pace. If you want things done, you too can get up at 5am and work smart and consistently on a project until you've either finished or reached an impasse. It can be done and you can do it too. Our latest project to reach an impasse is the Berry Bluff.
The Berry Bluff project is the last of the major projects in the first stage of our home renovation. Phew. It's been quite a spring, let me tell you. If you need to catch up here is what we have done so far: exterior painting, new deck, raised beds, retaining wall and now the Berry Bluff. This fourth major project was an expansion of our original landscaping plan. See that circle in the photo below? That was a hill of dirt with weeds growing out of it when we moved in. We used that dirt to fill in our retaining wall, and were left with a round dirt patch. We planned to put blueberries there, and then one day The Mighty Oak took a can of spray paint and let just let it rip. Soon we were in for a big job, but that big job will lead to something beautiful this summer and in years to come.
That S.O.D.! Ahem. Yeah... TMO knew that sod was going to be thick to pull up, but we had no idea how challenging the task would become. Wow! It seemed the former owners may have put sod on top of sod. Not sure, but after a harrowing few days of work, he and my stepson Charlie finally got that nightmare up and moved, and the Berry Bluff was born.
After the sod was removed, we procured lots of peat moss and sand. Our neighbor generously let us borrow his rototiller, which mixed all that good stuff together. We then went to work planting seven blueberry bushes. We love blueberries and so do our kids and grandbabies, so we can't wait until we are picking them by the gallon in years to come. After the berries were planted, TMO had mulch delivered, and we spread it out evenly across the bed. This may have been the easiest part of the project.
I absolutely love cut flowers, mostly of the annual variety, but I know how important it is to have perennials, particularly edible perennials, which is why we focused on blueberries first. We also grabbed a blackberry, raspberry and grape plant spur of the moment. Those should be interesting too, and will probably be moved somewhere a little more accommodating later. After all the berries were planted, we added a little evergreen, a couple of bushes, and some ground cover. Sophia gifted me four dahlias for Mother's Day, so those went on the ends. One of my favorite thing about living in the country and on the farm was all the pollinator gardens and wildflower meadows we had. I miss them so much! So we decided to make this huge bed a pollinator playground. It won't have the annuals that I love, those will be scattered about in my raised beds, but it will have perennial pollinators. We added: two varieties of echinacea, salvia, lavender, milkweed and we will surely add more in years to come. We look forward to bringing the butterflies, bees and birds to the neighborhood.
Gotta tell ya... we are pretty happy this job is done. We have been working our tails off! We know that it will take a while for this bed to mature, like I said: good things take time. But we are quite pleased with how it turned out and look forward to the blessings it will give us, the neighborhood and our family in the years to come. On a grander scale: the pollinators are coming, the pollinators are coming! What are your favorite berries? And what are your favorite pollinators? Comment below!
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