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Planting It All Over

Blueberries in the first season

Two months without rain, so I must be the rain instead. I have my yard full of young blueberries, strawberries, gooseberries, black currants, and huckleberries – plus a plum, a magnolia, and two lovely honeylocusts. Fighting the drought and the invasive blackberries is not so bad when it’s so meditative to take care of my new charges. Though… I do look forward to the rain so I can take a break!

Strawberry flower

View through the magnolia

Nandina on deck

Moving It Around

My back yard, all smoothed out

In order to get my final permit approval, I need to get the site inspection approved. In order to get the site inspection approved, the yard must be graded, the soil amended, the steep areas stabilized with plants and walls, and the root barrier buried (because my Very Confused Landscape Contractor didn’t know you’re supposed to bury root barriers, among other things). In order for the root barrier to be buried, my Very Confused Landscape Contractor must get his truck back from the shop. In order for his truck to get back from the shop, hell must freeze over.

Seriously this has been going on for weeks and weeks. The city actually finished their review and approval process a permit revision (hint: never put optional rain gardens in your permit drawings lest you later decide not to put in rain gardens) before this contractor even got back to me about what the delay was. I let myself get bullied into paying him fully before the job was fully done, so I’m honestly surprised he hasn’t ghosted me by now. And I get that he needs to pay his guys, that he doesn’t have cash reserves for repairs, that this delay is hurting him more than it’s hurting me… but it’s also no way to run a business.

In other news, I built a little retaining wall all by myself. And I’ve started getting plants. I’m going to host a battle between the strawberries and the mint. Who will win? Oh right, me!

A lovely threshold of drain rock between my deck and the yard Wood chips on top like sprinkles on a cake The retaining wall I built myself Apple mint waiting to be planted This baby magnolia is ambitiously putting forth a single perfect bloom