There used to be a sign on Gary's property that said "Gary and Kerri's Place". The story goes that not long after Kerri left, the sign fell down of its own accord, witnessed by the neighbor, Kelly. Left were two weather treated posts set in concrete, and some deteriorating plywood. A bit of an eyesore. Then Gary took a chainsaw to a shrub behind the sign, and the hacked up shrub made it look even worse. I communicated that impression of mine to Gary. I was taking a nap, and by the time I woke up he and his friend Dennis had pulled the whole business out of the ground and covered over the holes left. Yay!
There is a lot of work that needs to be done on this landscaped property. I said that I would take responsibility for weeding and maintenance of the large bed that you see as you're driving up, and also seen from the front porch. It is huge, and includes many trees and shrubs. Also, a rock structure and small pond with lilly pads. It is obvious that it was beautifully done, by Kerri, but has suffered from lack of attention.
My first project was to put something where the sign and shrub used to be. I decided I wanted to get some "yard art", and I had an idea that a Chinese pagoda would look nice there, surrounded by some flowering plants. Gary took me shopping to Garland's Nursery for my birthday, and I found just the pagoda. I also collected a few plants. Here is what it looks like so far:
Next I started weeding on the section where there are rosebushes on either side of a trellis, which leads into the big bed. I was squatting down, pulling one weed at a time, and Gary came up and said "That is just silly". He really said that, "just silly". He thought it would be better to use Round Up, then rake the dead plants off. I did NOT like that idea, did NOT want to use chemicals in a flower bed where I want to place other plants. So I just kept weeding my own way. It looks nice, but I have a lot more to do.