I thought I could just let my husband do the work while I pointed to things, but no. I like to get my hands dirty; I like to prune, pull, and propagate. I like to stand back and watch the fruits of my labor grow into bigger and better things (I am still talking about plants here). But I can't do too much, as my body is not letting me cooperate.
So I got inspired reading one of my Chicagoland Gardening magazines where Mike Nowak took care of a small piece of his property in 20 minutes (basically showing that in 20 minutes you can clean up a small space, as to not get overwhelmed).
I can do 20 minu ... and before I could finish that thought I was out with my pruners in hand.
I tackled the west side garden:
- pruned the lilac growing into the house
- pulled out groundcover growing into the walkway (vinca, lilly-of-the-valley)
- pulled weeds
- pruned spent flowers off lungwart
- pulled out any clematis not growing upward (so that my neighbor could get into her backyard without danger of getting lost)