Prepping the garden
I had known this fence was going to be replaced for years, so I had already moved the bulbs. English ivy smothered everything else. The most difficult plant to deal with was the “Mermaid” rose, which had threaded itself through the fence and trees. “Mermaid” is one prickly rose! I cut off an old section tangled in a crape myrtle that was slated for removal, then tied the new canes over to one side. I flagged the whole rose with orange construction tape — not so much for the protection of the rose but for the protection of the workers.
One thing I’ve learned about workers: They’re efficient because they’re focused on getting their job done. That focus is so narrow they don’t “see” a garden. So I marked off the path through the garden beds with more orange construction tape. This is an edging that speaks to construction workers: It says, “Don’t take a shortcut through here. Don’t dump materials here. Don’t pour cement here.”