Finally, though, last week started my one-woman one-handed adventure into the art of gardening. First off, we had 7 bushes that needed removed and/or moved. I left 2 in one bed as they were, moved 3, and sat the others aside for anyone who wants them. I also pruned and shaped them to look (ideally) like giant balls. Get your head out of the gutter. I dug out all the weeds. Actually, the lawn had previously won the war and completely reclaimed my flower beds, so it was basically like starting flower beds from scratch. I put down the black weed barrier, which, incidentally happened over the two windiest days in recent history. Then I planted flowers (midnight gardening), mulched, and today I hauled home 48 edging stones, only to find that their height shielded the flowers from view from the street. So, I dug out the edges of one bed so the edging stones look appropriate in height. So far, so good. Tomorrow I'll do the other side. Wish me luck.
Here are a couple of pics of my in-progress beds. Some of the stones on the ends aren't chiseled down to fit properly yet. That's a job for a two-hander, and he'll be home from the current work-up soon. :-)
(This is to the left of our front door. More mulching to follow!)
(Flower bed to the right of the front door)