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in bad odour

yesterday i finally had the chance to clear out the garden bed and side planting area at Meowderly. The weather was tolerable and the little loml was taking a nap. This area of the yard has presented some challenge in the past. The previous owner had taken an approach that resulted in a look between "desert survival" and "untended yard scrapple".

The first year we moved in, we did very little besides some pruning. The second year, the loml graciously installed a raised bed for me to grow edibles, a fun experiment that resulted in a random crop since I didn't heat treat the compost. That year, I randomly planted some pretty flowers (phlox and hibiscus) in the yard, tried to get the existing plants to flourish (lavender and forsythia), and then got completely sidelined by my pregnancy.

This year, I'm finally ready to take some action. My friend Yijia keeps insisting that I need to plan out what I want to do, otherwise this yard will wind up like the other side yard which is an experiment in "I wonder what the plants are going to do now?"

well, I'm pretty bad at planning out the yard, but after performing this initial cleanup, I definitely have some ground rules:

1 - Day Lilies are officially being accorded "weed" status. With the exception of a decorative border, they will be removed.
2 - The Lavender and Forsythia are being given notice. Either they start flourishing and looking pretty, or I am going to rip them out and possibly NOT REPLANT them. They are in pretty bad locations as it is.
3 - Where is my phlox? I planted two of them last year and I'm not actually sure where they are or what they are doing. Must locate!
4 - I need to lay down some mulch or ground cover or whatever it is you do when you define where things are.

There is a new sheriff in town!

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