Flowers for Robby (RCD4)

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Saturday, March 9th marked the one year anniversary of our friend Rob’s passing. But it just so happened that on Saturday, March 9th, the sun came out, the weather warmed up and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. It was the perfect day and date to plant a flower bed in honor of Robby. Nice Guy Ted had been collecting annual and perennial bulbs for us and brought them over that Saturday to plant. I wish we could plant a PBR tree or concrete flowers for him, but tulips and day lilies will have to do.

First we had to decide on placement. It had to be a spot that was going to be easy to water with plenty of sun and in a location that we could see it all the time and enjoy it. Turns out that the south side of the garden shed would be the perfect place. It’s right off the road, close to the house and easily accessible.

planting a flower bed on south side of shed.
The site of the flower bed. Easily accessible, right off the road and plenty of good sun!

So this is how we put Rob’s flower bed together in less than 3 hours.

We have a lot of 4′ wide weed cloth stored in the garden shed for use in the vegetable garden this year. So we cut it to length (about 20 feet) and laid it along the side of the shed.

weed cloth for flower garden
The weed cloth cut and ready to go!

Next, we gathered some railroad ties that we had laying around the farm. We cut those to size and used them as a border for the flower bed.

cutting railroad ties with chainsaw
Dave cutting the railroad ties with a chainsaw, Nice Guy Ted on the assist.
weed cloth and railroad ties as a border for the flower garden
Weed cloth and railroad ties down!

Then we reinforced the railroad ties with some rebar stakes to give it that old timey-rustic look. Just kidding. It’s just what we had laying around.

Using rebar as a reinforcement for the railroad ties.
Rebar reinforcement

After we got all of the railroad ties secure, we had to fill the bed up with dirt. We just so happened to have a massive pile of black gold (a 50/50 blend of garden soil and compost) that we’re adding to our vegetable garden this year. Dave loaded up the bucket on the tractor with some black gold and we started filling in the flower bed.


making a quick and easy flower bed
Making a flower bed goes by a lot faster when you have a tractor and a lot of friends with rakes and shovels.
There's Nice Guy Ted! Hi Nice Guy Ted! Thank you for the flowers!
There’s Nice Guy Ted! Hi Nice Guy Ted! Thank you for the flowers!

Then came the fun part… planting all of these beautiful bulbs! We have a beautiful mix of day lilies  tulips, crocus, caladiums, blue iris, hyacinth and daffodils. We decided to go with a more “natural” looking flower bed and didn’t really care about everything being perfectly symmetrical or spaced. I think we have about 100 bulbs in our 4’x20′ bed, I can’t wait to see how it all turns out! But that, my friends, is how you make a flower bed in less than 3 hours.

The last thing we’ll need to do is place a gutter on that side of the garden shed and connect it to a rain barrel attached to a soaker hose so it can water the flower bed evenly and efficiently. But that’s another project for another time. Like, next week hopefully.

planting perennial and annual flowering bulbs
Autumn and Nice Guy Ted planting the bulbs
All done! In the next few weeks we should have a pretty sweet lookin' flower bed
All done! In the next few weeks we should have a badass flower bed for our badass friend Robby.
These should be blooming as early as next week. And I completely forgot which bulbs they were. Shoot...
These should be blooming as early as next week. And I completely forgot which bulbs they were. Shoot… I guess we’ll find out.

7 Responses

  1. Abby
    March 14, 2013

    What no Old Man-face Chainsaw pic?

  2. March 14, 2013

    Oh I’m putting that one up on the facebook album

  3. March 14, 2013

    This is so awesome! What a great way to remember and honor your friend Robby. I often times wish we had a tractor – looks like it makes work on the farm so much easier!

  4. whyknocht
    March 14, 2013

    Hyacinths or crocus maybe.

  5. March 18, 2013

    […] little bit about Nice Guy Ted. You may have seen him in our earlier post, Flowers for Robby. He saved about 80 perennial flower bulbs for us so we could plant a memorial flower bed for our […]

  6. April 2, 2013

    […] Anyway, we’ve started to notice some signs that spring has arrived; the hyacinths in Rob’s flower bed have started to bloom, we have a seriously broody buff orpington, the greenhouse is full of […]

  7. May 13, 2013

    […] few months ago we made a flower bed for our good friend Robby. The hyacinths started blooming a little too early and lost the battle […]

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