August 1st 2020 Covid and the month begins on 2640.43 which gives a total of 14,031.36 for my journey around the Equator. So the next targets will be 3000 for the year and getting down to 10,000 left to go! That means the 2nd target will be another 870.64 down the road to hit 24,902 and the finish line if I’m still alive.

However, today will be a cycling rest day, and one of full on gardening in an effort to get that front bed fully cleared and the planting plan in action.

Area 1 nearly all done

Area 2 ready to go

The second area is cleared and should now be easier to dig for the new plants and shrubs. 90% of the carefully placed rocks have been removed for hole digging and leveling, but that bloody arsebine is back after the two big downpours and looks like I’ve done nothing! I’m hoping I can redo that before lunchtime as it depresses the hell out of me.

Another once round, but it made me feel better

I pressed on, wore myself out, but completed all the weeding in the center bed yet again! Now ready for leveling and the “tiered” planting and then the relaying of the rocks……. looking like Day 2 of the cycling restfest.

Little tidy up around the Rose bed and Scuffy surrounds then back to the whisky barrels which have all manner of weeds, cottonwood seedlings and grasses various.  Radish and lettuce still going well. Time for a cold drink! ……. let the leveling begin.

First another couple of wheelbarrow loads of rocks and dump them for washing in the front bed. All washed time for lunch and then load up for positioning, leveling and mega digging.

All washed up

Going to use my “feature” rocks in this project

My hands are getting very sore and the “Jesus blister” in the left palm is back.

The “Jesus Blister” normally about Easter time with Spring weeding

Decide to move a lily ……. never knew they made so much root! Layout begins along with some cut back. First 2 holes are dug, but each has a bloody great rock about 6″ down and has to come out ….. this takes a while and some struggling trying not to destroy all my good work ….. finally they are OUT!  …… having filled the holes with water for some of Mother’s “puddling” the storm arrives and heavy rain completes the day! Looking like yet ANOTHER  cycling restfest day?

Salvias and lilies need to go!

Day 3 of Front Bed Project Covid begins and I’m not happy with the position of the salvias so out they come! some cutting back of the lower large cotoneaster but eventually I’m ready for hole digging and rock laying.

The lower corner spirea is done along with the upper potentilla, both of which look pretty good complete with their edging rock. Need a break from this and the palm of my hand is hurting! A trip to Cliff Rose nursery nets three more usable pants and 4 Seasons has a few I could use to finish the job off.

Good start, but my hands need a break

Back from break and time to get the pick out and deal with these holes! The pickax makes light work of the holes and the large spirea gets planted to finish off the day along with its edging rocks.

The shape of things to come! ….. and the rock work is always pleasing, well to me anyway

Day 4, hopefully the last day of this as my hand can’t take much more!

The last of the Cliff Rose Spireas

An unusual hibiscus type rose

This one says it is a rose ?

The last plant for day 5 of this gardening marathon!

Another full day, always takes longer than expected, and there is always the “trial and error” with rock layouts and getting things just where you want them.

The scene is set, last plant, roll on the drums please, but only to be expected another rock about 6″ down and slap dab right in the way! Even the pick is struggling but eventually the gardener has his wicked way and the rock is out.

That one took some effort to get out

I think the hole is big enough!

This monster is bigger than the plant that is going in the hole, but I have preserved ALL the big mothers that caused me grief and I’ll be making a Stone Henge right here in deepest Colorado.

Yes, one mega rock in each hole …. my tribute to “Henge” builders worldwide

Finally a last look at the whole shabang in early evening light

the Henge around the last plant

Back to cycling after 5 hard days ………   TONY DOWN





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