And it's the wrong time to be trying to get things established in the garden. Unfortunately, it's the first chance I've had all year. But all the shrubs are now in the ground, and there's just a few day lilies left to plant, having followed me home from the nursery. I've been busy running a drip line to each and every newbie so that my friend and neighbor Karen will have an easier job of it looking after everything while I'm gone next week. I've got about one more day of hard labor left and then everything should be good to go.
In the meantime, as a teaser, here are a few "before" pictures of a garden that has been neglected for the past few years. You know how it goes, first one shrub bites the dust, then another, then the plumbers dig everything up, then we have one of the coldest winters on record, followed by one of the worst droughts since 1925...before you know it, it looks like the garden that never was.
Ah well, nothing a little focused care can't fix.