Guys, I had an actual spinday! I woke up Sunday morning and did a bunch of spinning.

That’s a great amount of progress for me! And then, as is desirable on Spinday, Mr. Ink and I went on a mountain bike ride. Heat index was over 100 again, so it wasn’t exactly a pleasant ride, but getting out there was a good idea!

No pictures of that hot sweaty mess, of course, but I do have more garden pictures. We thought about the garden a bit more, and I realized that I didn’t even want to dig up the rose and move it. I just want that rose GONE. I think we can do better! So, Mr. Ink plans to cut down the rose, initially, and then we’ll dig out the root later. What we did get to yesterday was stone edgers to match the stones on the other side of the yard.


It’s a much more organic look than those initial cement edgers were, it makes the garden a bit smaller, and will blend very nicely into our long term garden plan. It’s definitely a relief to see this one come together so nicely!

We also had a discussion on Sunday about another area in the garden, one which probably needed a shrub of some sort. I told Mr. Ink he should look up what he wanted. He decided on a viburnum, and we headed out to go get one. We came home with a viburnum AND….


A stunning hardy hibiscus! Mr. Ink should not take me plant shopping if he doesn’t want to come home with extra plants. He thinks through his purchases, decides on a plant, and a place for it, and then goes out to find that plant. Me? It’s more of a “Ohhhh! SHINY!” situation. I see a pretty, I bring it home, and then we figure out where it can live. Though to be honest, this one was pretty well received by Mr. Ink as well. He decided on a spot pretty quickly. Though, one of the potential spots was at the front of the house, which is “his” area. I told him if he wanted a hibiscus in “his” area, he can get his own hibiscus. This one is going where I spend the most time. Maybe….I don’t need ALL the roses after all. Maybe I need ALL the hardy hibiscus!

In any case, that’s the current story from our lives on a Spinday. Pretty good stuff! It’s going to be another brutal hot day around here, and we have to mow. Desperately. So I doubt there’ll be much in the way of garden progress unless something new opens up that I can take a photo of. But it’s hot, so that could potentially happen!


3 thoughts on “Spinday!

  1. good spin day! and I love the shinies, too. Although, viburnum is a lovely shrub.

    I would love to see a larger photo of the garden – like the view from the patio or the front step – it seems like you must have several acres…all these gardens going in. I am so jealous, I have gravel and a few raised beds. We haven’t even got anything to mow, I just weed whack about twice a summer to keep the really tall grass from being impassable.

    • You are absolutely right, I should take a full around view of the back, AND the front. We do have a pretty large city property, more than a full lot, due to a road that was originally supposed to go through next to the property, but that got nixed at some point and the former owners bought that area and quickly built a large garage in the middle of what was to be the road so the city couldn’t get any funny ideas. We purchased from the original owners, and really the only reason we could afford such a nice space is because it’s on a very heavily trafficked road. We don’t mind, we are outdoorsy, and have the strength to deal with the heavy work that is involved with snow removal from a busy street. There’s street noise, naturally, but It’s not too noticeable out back, and Mr. Ink has all his trees in to cut down on the noise in the future. I’ll try to get some photos of the back today! I do, for the record, feel extremely fortunate that we are able to live in a space so beautiful, and with so much potential.

      • I can’t wait to see it! I think you were smart to realize that you could deal with the busy street and that made it possible to get the bigger place. And how smart was the previous owner to snatch up that land and build on it!

        We are out in the woods on more land than we will ever use (assuming we never have to grow all of our own food!) but not much of it is cleared. And what was cleared is seriously covered with the gravel fill they brought in when the house was built. It is a mess. To dig a hole means dealing with large rocks, and for anything to grow, we have to dig out the gravel and dump in bags of dirt. It got overwhelming a long time ago, so I love reading about your pretty yard. Someday mine will get there, but it is so far off. 😦

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