So by the time we had finally finished tilling and clearing the bottom 3 feet of the hill (which took us well into the second day) we decided we did not have time to clear out anymore of the hill. So I began to arrange and space out the plants for an easy transfer to the hill. (I guess you could say being a cheerleader helped with the "formations." Haha)
While I did that, Jonathan (and Brody) were busy cleaning out the weeds and grass that had accumulated in the tiller.
Though the hard part was over, it wasn't smooth sailing from there. Each hole we dug for the plants only produced more rocks...some of them enormous! I have never seen so many rocks in my entire life! But we chugged along and before we knew it (yeah, right!) we were finished.
Finshed for the time being, that is. Our goal is to continue up the hill, chunks at a time. Creeping phlox is a flowering ground cover that will eventually take over the entire area we cleared out. As it grows larger each year, we will divide each plant and plant new ones farther up the hill. (Which will require the whole tilling and clearing rocks process again...oh my!) But eventually our hill will be a beautiful display that looks something like this (only better!)...
Image taken from here.
I just love spring and I love planting flowers. There is something therapeutic about it. But my favorite part is spending time with the hubs, improving OUR home together. And this year was extra special as Brody got out there with us. He enjoyed playing in the dirt, mud, and water hose...especially since we were allowing him to get as dirty as he pleased all day long.
I only wish I had captured a shot of his entire body covered in dirt at the end of the day. I didn't think of it until I was showering him off and mud covered the floor of the shower. Oh well, I guess the image of his muddy diaper bottom is a special one for only Jonathan and me.