Saturday, July 5, 2014

I Split A Brick!

I added about 10 more bricks to the border this morning. The curve messed up the overlapping pattern I had started so I made a gap about half a brick wide and continued to add a few more bricks.

I came inside to cool down a bit and decided that rather than bother hubby with splitting the brick for me, I'd look it up on the interwebs and figure out how to do it myself.  Once I read a few instructionals, I found the three tools I needed out in the garage.  It's amazing what we've got laying around for hand tools.

I chiseled around the brick as instructed, used a different (heavier) chisel to whack it, and ta da!

It's not perfect, but it fits just fine so I'm calling it done!  And now I know how to do it!

I've read that sprinkling baking soda in the gaps keeps weeds/grass from growing. I might try that.  Lots of gaps on the curves.

This morning's half hour of fun in the garden was a much needed distraction for me!  I estimate about 36+/- more bricks ought to finish the garden border.

One of David the Good's seed bomb seeds has flowered!

What a lovely plant.  The foliage is as nice as the flower!  I'm ashamed to admit I have no idea what this flower is. The leaves aren't right for tickseed or cosmos, at least not the ones I have grown.  It's not a poppy I've ever seen, although it might be a form of mexican poppy. Please leave a comment if you can identify it.  I'm definitely going to gather the seeds and spread it around.

My bird feeding area is coming alive with the ginger, turmeric and caladium bulbs I've planted. I'm very happy with how this is looking now.

The caladiums along the deck will be moved to the bird area.

Crappy picture of Caladiums

They'll be much happier out of the full sun.

And one of my sunchokes is budding!  Yay!

I'm still patiently waiting for the Roselle to bloom.  It's very healthy and happy so hopefully soon!

I'm hoping we get a cloudy/rainy day tomorrow so I can get back out in the yard for more than 1/2 an hour.  Fingers crossed!


  1. I love the title of this post. LOL - and your yard looks great, especially love the caladiums!

    1. I've been so overwhelmed with the kitchen mess I've been neglecting my one follower! I think caladiums are the bees knees. I've driven by caladium fields in Lake Placid, and WOW! Spectacular!!