Monday, April 12, 2010

We have to pay for that?!

As I woke up early on Saturday morning, the beautiful April morning sunlight was streaming into the bedroom.

I was all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed because I knew that we were going to start landscaping at our new home that we bought just under a year ago.

Because I couldn't contain my excitement anymore, I moved the cat off my legs and rolled over to nudge my husband.

After a series of groans and grumbles, he got up and we headed out to breakfast at a local diner to feast on omelets because we knew we had a big day ahead of us.

We then headed to Lowes to pick up our shrubs and trees.

We had gone out a few weeks ago to look at the various garden centers to see exactly what we wanted, so we would have an idea when we got there to buy.

The first place we headed was right to the fruit tree section.

I don't know if you are aware of this, but I think I am suffering from a disease that I like to call Marthastewartitis. This is where I think that I want to be just like Martha and raise my own chickens for eggs, and thresh my own wheat for bread and of course, have my own reserve of fruit for all sorts of baked goods and yummy jams.

So we purchased two apple trees (a Johnson and Fuiji) and two Pear Trees (a Moonglow and a Keifer).

Then we bought two burning bushes and two evergreen bushes (not sure offhand exactly what type) to place around our back deck.

For the front yard we bought two Mediterranean Heather bushes and two small Azalea shrubs.

(About a month ago we also purchased a pack of four berry bushes from Sams Club to add to our ever growing fruit garden.)

After we loaded up our cart, we realized there was a slight problem: even if we would fold down the seats in our Jeep Cherokee, we still would not be able to fit all four trees and eight shrubs into the jeep.

Luckily, I called my parents who were also on their way to Lowes and they helped transport some of our new foliage.

So as we were waiting in line to purchase all of our greenery, my husband was adding up the cost in his head for how much everything was going to cost. The conversation that ensued went something like this:

Kev: Wow. All of this stuff is costing about $200.
Me: Is that too much?
Kev: No. I just can't believe that this stuff is costing $200. Don't trees and shrubs just naturally occur in nature.
Me: Well, yes, but not at our house. The previous owner was probably afraid that the something might fall on her house and decided to remove all of the trees.
Kev: Couldn't we go and just dig some stuff up along the side of the road and plant that.

My husband also received further shock when he found out that we would have to buy bags of dirt for the shrubs and trees.

But, after all of the spending and backbreaking work, Kev and I know it was worth it to buy the plants and to "decorate" our yard.

I can't wait to see the fruits of our labor spring to life in a few years!

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