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Friday, April 03, 2020

The Rest Of Mulch-a-Palooza

Greetings to all!  It's me, Mags.  Today, Cam and I will show you most of the rest of the mulch-y areas in our gardens.

"Ready to rock and roll?"
"I love Rock and Roll!  And some Samba music, too ..."

And Mom says I get side-tracked easily!  Anyway ...

"Pan left, Mom!"
"I thought this way was left ..."
"I think she means my left, Cam."

Here are a couple looks at the huge bed out front:

The more-or-less middle part
The far end part

Oh!  See those intense purple flowers in there?  They are one of the few things blooming here.  Take a closer look:

Grecian Windflowers

Mom loves them and their rich burst of color!

In addition to the front and all the tiers on both sides of the house, the Wildflower Garden out back is mulch-based.  Dad hauled a lot of mulch down the hill to that garden.  Here is Mom watering it in, after she spread it:

Wildflower Garden, ready to Spring to life!

Things are growing down there, but no blooms yet.  Not even the Lilacs!  The one thing blooming down there is the Texas Quince.  Here's a look:

Texas Quince

This is the one time of year that Mom and Dad like them.  Or maybe just Mom.  They grow EVERYWHERE, spreading like wildfire, and have thorns.  Dad isn't too keen on them, to say the least.

"But you like them, don't you ... Mom?"
"We should dig them out if Dad hates them.  I ❤️ my Daddy!"

Anyway, that's a wrap for now.  Mom and Dad had great timing getting everything done.  After a few days of lots of sun and temps in the 60s and 70s, we had a big change overnight and now are having a sleet storm.  Our temps were in the 20s, with windchills in the teens.  Kansas is SO COOL!!!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher 

Thursday, April 02, 2020

The North Side

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie!  Maggie and I thought we'd show you more of our gardens that are all prepped for Spring.  The tier I showed you Tuesday, the Butterfly Garden, is on the south side of the house.  There's another tier below that, but we didn't get a photo of it.  Today, I thought I'd head over to the north side of the house.  Let's go!

The north tiers are much easier to access than the ones on the south side - we have stone steps and our brick pathway.  On the other side, Mom and Dad have to scale the rock walls.  Here I am, up top:

"Get a shot of me here, Mom!"

Those pots will all have stuff growing in them soon.  The bed there is much larger than you'd think -- here's a look at it from the side:

Top northern tier

Oh.  And it hadn't rained - Mom always wets down mulch after she spreads it so our Kansas winds don't move it elsewhere!

Here's the next tier down:

Maiden Grasses

Those are huge ornamental grasses that are already springing to life!  The tier we didn't get a shot of on the other side of the house, the one down from the Butterfly Garden, is sort of like this one, only much longer - it has 4 of these grasses and a great, big Hummingbird Mint plant.

That's it for today!  One of us will share more tomorrow.  Thanks for tuning in!


Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Mulch Mania!

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie!  Yesterday morning, after breakfast and our walks, Mags and I went out for a potty break at about 0830 and found this in our driveway:

"What the fluff?!?"
"What do you think?  Woodchuck?  Beaver?  My money's on a Woodchuck. Where is he?"

Mom said it wasn't a Woodchuck, it was a nice man in a very large truck.  Maggie and I weren't allowed to meet him - something about "social distancing".  Whatever.  We thought we should check it out:

"It's mulch, Cam."
"Is it tasty?"

For some reason, Mom wouldn't let us eat it.  I don't want to say anything, but she can be a real killjoy sometimes!

So ... Mom and Dad waved a magic wand and in no time at all ...


... it was all done!

Just kidding.  Mom and Dad worked themselves silly for a good part of the day spreading the mulch in various beds around Ao4 Headquarters.  Apparently all the work they had been doing outside was in preparation for the big Mulch-a-Palooza.  We'll share more pix later, but here's one "before and after"!  Here is the Butterfly Garden all weeded, trimmed up, and weed preventative spread out:


And here it is now:


The mulch makes a huge difference, doesn't it?  More pix to come; stay tuned!


Monday, March 30, 2020


Greetings to all!  It's me, Mags.  Cam and I have been supervising Mom and Dad while they did a TON of yard work.  (From within the safe, comfy confines of the house, of course.)  And now ...

...and Dad ... somewhere off-camera:  "Whew!"

I think we've all earned a bit of a break!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Serene Scenery Sunday

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie!  Do you know a great way to find some serenity?

"Ah... yeah!  Perfect!"

Get out and go for a walk!  It'll help.  


Saturday, March 28, 2020

Working Through The Weekend

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie!  I know things are pretty different for many of you, what with lots of the bipeds having to work from home for a while.  For us, things haven't changed that much -- we always work from home.  We're even working through the weekend!

"Hey, Mags.  Want to help me?"
"Can't you see I'm working, Mom?!?"
"It's Pickle Time!"

Well ... I mean we DO have to work to get the treats out of our Pickles ... right?!?  Have a great Saturday!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher