… in the garden! What were you thinking?!
I love winter because it means lots of fires in the fireplace, pretty snowy weekends and lots of time to sit inside and stitch… BUT, I get really excited when it starts to get warm and it’s time to play in the garden again!
Since we moved in ~1.5 years ago, Brian and I have spent lots of time on the inside of the house (goodbye, 3 layers of wallpaper in each room-only one more to go!), and this summer we plan to focus on the outside landscaping. We’ve done some minor changes, but I thought I would give you a ‘tour’ and let you see what we’ve done and what we have planned!
This is the area that has gotten the least attention to date. That all changes next weekend- bye, bye large evergreen, ugly trees!! We will have a blank slate, ready for: this or this or this
We’ll extend the bed a little bit on the side and likely remove the shrubs that you see on the far left, opening the fence up for a beautiful climbing rose. When you can see the porch, I’ll add some windowboxes on the railings that will spill bright colors down the porch to add even more color…
We added this bed in the front last summer, with a mix of different daylilies. This year, we will add a few hardy rose bushes to the back of the bed, adding even more color and height (and curb appeal!) to the yard. Here are the roses that we ordered: Citrus Splash
Another angle of the side yard-
Last summer we added the corner bed and stepping stone walkway to the backyard. The bed has two hardy rose varieties and both a fall and spring blooming clematis, making it a pretty and colorful corner for many seasons. Note, we have opted to go with smaller plants (yay for helping the budget!), which means that it will take a few seasons for the plants to ‘fill out’ the space!
We have (almost) added one more little bed to the side yard- where I am adding this climbing rose (when it arrives): Rose Night Owl
Now, for the Backyard:
So, one of the biggest accomplishments of last summer was exchanging the scalloped red brick edgers for a more natural looking grey stone. All of the beds have been re-edged, weeded, enriched soil added and prepped for planting.
This particular bed is a bit of a challenge for me… I’ve got a few blueberry plants at the far end (by the hose), and a massive amount of parsley- that WILL NOT die (even if I pull it all out!). I also picked up an un-labeled flower from the sale rack yesterday- it said it was fragrant and attracted hummingbirds (both requirements in my garden). I got it home and gave it a good look- pretty sure it is actually a lilac bush! There it is on the left, looking a little thirsty and unhappy in it’s new home…
Bed along the side of the backyard, and the back corner (photo reminds me I forgot to go and clean out the leaves in that back corner!). The edgers and hydrangea (endless summer nikko blue) were added last summer. This year, we’ve added a few additional lilies in the front, plus two strawberries and cream hydrangeas (thank you for overwatering them, Lowes, and then selling them for $5). I always keep my eyes on the sale plants, as most of the time they are over/under watered and a little care can bring them back to life! These were in pots with no drainage, and after a day in a different, draining pot and some sunshine, they perked right back up! One was added to the back corner (not sure that blue hydrangea in the very back corner will make it this summer!) and one to the front, in the middle of the lilies.
I also picked up some salvia to add as a little border, the guy at the store assured me that they were great for attracting hummingbirds…
And, that brings me to my newest, desperate measure to attract hummingbirds this year…
A new hook to hold my two new feeders! And, those plants that are popping up are guaranteed hummingbird attractors! Mulch and feeders will be in place next weekend!
And, last, but not least, the dogs’ favorite place in the yard- the massive dirt hole that they have created!
It has gone from this:
Unfortunately, the lack of snow this winter, left our yard really ripped up with all the ‘dog traffic’. So, we decided that if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em and added even more dirt and disruption to the yard! The end result is moving our vegetable garden bed to the back corner and regaining the space in the middle of the yard for grass growing, eventually a stepping stone path from the stairs and patio..
What patio, you say?
This new one!
Ok, patio might be a bit generous, but we wanted a ‘landing’ at the bottom of the stairs to make the yard a bit more appealing (and to give one more line of defense against muddy dog paws!). Bri finished digging out the area and laying the pavers yesterday. Next weekend, we will get started on the stepping stone path to the garden bed and then it’s all about growing grass and getting plants in the ground after the last threat of frost (I’m being cautious and waiting until mid-May).
So, those are really the ‘before’ pictures, and I’ll keep you updated on the progress throughout the summer!
Have you been working on yard plans? What would you suggest for my new front garden bed? Any ideas on how to grow grass with a small yard and 3 active dogs?
And, with that long update, I’m off to take a little cat nap before tackling the pile of laundry that is taking over our bedroom!