Yesterday morning my MIL came over to take a baby from our lilac bush. While she was here she asked, "Do you want a flower bed out front?" Immediately afterward she started ripping the grass out along the front of my house.
No time like the present, eh?
By the end of the day, this is what we were left with:
It's way bigger than we originally planned, but we expanded it to encompass a patch of yellow flags I planted to hide some ugly sewer pipes in the middle of the yard.
The plans for the little patch of earth expanded with the digging too.
Instead of just a flower bed, I'm going to plant ornamental grass, flowering shrubs & other manner of BIG things.
The next phase is letting it dry out a little after the week of rain we just had, & after that it's onto tilling the soil by hand to remove grass clumps & rocks.
But soon - very, very soon - it will be much more than just a patch of earth.