We traveled for a week in mid-June, and when I got back on June 21 I took the following photos of the back yard edge:My goal before leaving for another week away on June 28 was to clear up this edge. I weeded, edged with a shovel, and then put down newspaper and hay. Here is a picture part way through:Then when it was done:My sister-in-law was visiting then and she tackled the meditation garden walkway. After she weeded there, I added shavings from the horse stables. Here’s the before picture for that project:And here it is after:When I got back from my most recent trip I spent half a day weeding and edging and mulching the northside square garden. Here are the results:The edge and the bed itself is covered with old hay. If we get a dry spell (which we have not yet this year) we are ready for it! Here is another shot of the finished edge. The daylilies, my absolute favorite plants, have started blooming. Mostly they are just buds at this point: But some have started to bloom: And the delphinium are going full steam.The echinacea have also started up: The fence in the front yard is growing:And the front yard overall is flourishing. It likes the wet summer we’ve had. Last night after dinner I relaxed with the cats on the front porch. Mr. Fluff sat on my lap:Around dusk a raccoon came up on the porch looking for some cat food, saw me and beat a hasty retreat. Later a deer wandered into the front yard and helped herself to some phlox and hostas. I just enjoyed watching her–I have plenty of phlox and hosta to share. Glad to be home!