One of the things we did not like about our house when we bought it almost 10 years ago was the shape of the yard. We don't really have a "back" yard - we really only have two "side" yards and a front yard. Our garage takes up most of the space that would be considered "back" yard. One side of the yard faces the street and is not fenced in. The other side (the side we refer to as the "back" yard) faces our next door neighbor and is fenced in. This side is where most of our family activities take place. The pool is there, the fire pit is there, the vegetable garden is there, and most of our flowers are planted there.
It's taken several years, but we've finally got it looking about 90% the way we would like it to look. We've added flower beds all the way along the inside of the fence and on the front of the outside of the fence with lots of bedding plants for color and fullness. The bird feeder gets a LOT of traffic and we see lots of squirrels working on the corn cob feeder. Aside from putting a full 6' fence across the front of the property, we've gotten most of our desired work accomplished. Eventually the taller fence will take shape, but for now, the picket fence is working nicely.
The clematis we planted to climb the bell stand is progressing nicely and has several blooms about to open fully. I can't wait to see their full faces!!
I just love the softness of an asparagus fern! We have two in pots on the back steps that are very full and healthy.
Puss enjoys sunning herself on the pool deck out back. She's lost her body's weight in fur this summer! Behind her you can see how well our hosta is doing along the back side of the garage.
The Forever Plant (sedum purpureum) just outside the garage door is growing well, as it always does. I like it best when it's just about to bloom, like it is right now.
Derek and I planted several packets of seeds of flowers in our front flower bed... these are the only two that made it! :( We're grateful for their heartiness and are enjoying their color tremendously!
And finally, the flowers that our Hens & Chicks produced are so lovely....
We have had an abundant vegetable garden this year as well... lots of cucumbers (NO REALLY - LOTS), tomatoes and eggplants. Racoons OBLITERATED our corn crop, so we don't have any of our own corn this year, but my daughter in law brought us some from her grandparents garden. It was so delicious!
That's all I've got today folks. Hope your week has been blessed. I've gotten to spend time with both of my parents, my husband and all of my children and grandson this week so far - - I'd say mine has been beyond blessed!
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