Our dump truck load of soil arrived (finally) at lunch time today & we were so ready to get moving it into the flower beds. The weather was perfect for being outside & getting physical.
After only a few hours, we were finished with the front flower beds. I did have to bury a lot of what was starting to grow, but I'm really hoping the plants will forgive me & push up through the soil after a few rains.
The cats were outside with us the entire time, playing in the sunshine & playing in the dirt. They also found one of my cat mint plants & quite enjoyed having a tasty treat. The rains should level out the soil & hide all their foot prints.
I have some more soil to add to the back edge of the bed, which will be done by the shovel-full & a bit more gently than the rest of the beds as I do want all these lovely spring bulbs to flower.
This bed required the most soil & I honestly have no idea how most of these shrubs & trees survived as they were planted in sand, on top of plastic tarps. We will be working with our neighbours to replace the fence & I think the fence line will come in a bit, so we did not fill the soil all the way to the fence line. In the morning there is a lot of shade, but by the afternoon, the sun shines on this bed. I would like to see if I could get some ferns for the back edge & I already have many buckets of spring bulbs to plant in along the front edge once they have bloomed for us this year. Many great planting ideas for the front - all that require minimal attention & are deer (& hopefully rabbit) resistant. The tree in the pot was planted after the photo & is a mimosa tree.
Not all the soil was used & we hope to top up the back beds with what remains. More on that later...