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The last time our mower came out, my husband inquired how much it would cost to mulch around our house. His quote? $3,800. My husband hates yard work and rarely, if ever, wants to venture out there. Last year I mulched everything, but I guess this was my husband’s subtle way of saying it needs to be done again! Of course I am not going to pay that much money, so I said I would do it again. His response? “Have fun”! That was his not-so-subtle way of telling me I was on my own…again!

I figured since I’m out there, I might as well do some fall bulb planting as well…but it’s so hard to get motivated sometimes!! After looking through a few of my favorite gardening catalogs, I really would like to plant some tulip bulbs.

These pictures are just insanely gorgeous!

These aren’t tulips, but it is similar to the picture above it and I wanted to show how a river of flowers can be done with other bulbs.

My favorite color!

I dream of my own cutting garden…

Besides the normal, run-of-the-mill tulips, here are some that I would like to get because of their distinctive look:

Tulip Groenland

Tulip Backpacker (Double peony-like tulips)

Tulip Blue Diamond

Tulip Exotic Emperor

Tulip Lilac Perfection

(because there are no lilac colored peonies)

Tulip Monsella

Tulip Yonina

Tulip Peace Flame

Tulip World Expression

Tulip Sweet Love

Tulip Verona

Tulip Cartouche

I also want to plant a woodland mix, but I doubt that will happen this year!

And this is a lovely mix too of crocuses, snowdrops, grape hyacinths and white squill

My husband once helped me paint, but he did such a bad job, that I kicked him off the painting squad, which made it a painting squad of one (me!). I think he’s up to his old tricks again of doing a bad job to get out of any and all gardening! The last time I got him out in the yard, he weed whacked 4 of my beautiful peonies and 3 carpet rose bushes to down to nubs. Hmmm…maybe retaliation for asking him to do the weed whacking? I told him that most people do some kind of yard work at least a couple times a year and that paying outrageous sums isn’t the answer. Well, I guess he told me!

It does give me something to do while the children are playing outside, so I guess I am off to pick up mulch…a LOT of it ;-) Have a great day!