Just so you know, not all my time is spent smelling the flowers (in this case, asters), taking pictures to share for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day or reading the latest book selection for the Garden Bloggers’ Book Club. Sometimes real work has to be done here. Real work, like rebuilding the retaining wall for the foundation planting bed that was once full of English ivy, Deutzia struggling to survive with the ivy and some Hypericum shrubs that succumbed to bagworms.
I’ve been digging and pulling and ripping out the ivy off and on for several days, and I’ve removed most of it. So today was the day to rebuild the retaining wall.
Here’s the before picture of the wall, leaing out, all crooked and looking like it might fall down with one good kick.
Here’s the ‘in process’ picture. All the retaining blocks have been removed and that’s one of my hoes that I brought out for the job of moving the dirt out of the way.
And here’s the after picture of the wall rebuilt.
I sure hope you can see a difference! I used a little level to keep the block level side to side, and ever so slightly tilted in toward the bed.
The most awkward part was getting down here under the Star Magnolia (Magnolia stellata).
I’m sure that was a good show for the neighbors to watch. My neighbor next door came over and said it looked like too much work. His house next to me has nothing planted on the side.
When I got all done, I had one block leftover. I’m not sure how that happened, but I don’t see a big gap anywhere, so I guess it was just a spare part and I was more efficient building the wall a second time.
Tomorrow I’m going to go to the mulch store and get half a scoop of top soil to fill in the bed. Then the fun part! Going to the nurseries and garden centers to find some shrubs to plant in here.
After that I can turn my attention to the patio, which needs to be weeded. The work really never ends in a real garden.
Any guess as to how long it took me to rebuild the retaining wall, start to finish? Hint: I’m told that I work pretty fast and I had a break to eat an apple and drink some iced tea and then a second break to just get some water.