I decided that I need to start taking pictures of the garden throughout the months to see what’s growing where and when. I should have started this way earlier, but better late than never. This is what we’re rolling with now:
I cleared out the chinese lanterns. They are pretty but also very invasive. they had runners EVERYWHERE, so I’m sure I will find more before we are done with it. These Perennials are the backbone of the front yard. I am making lists of new things to add to fill in the gaps. I don’t really need anything big, maybe just some low growing stuff to put in front/under these main items. I do want to add an Autumn Joy Sedum, where the blue X is. I just took out an old stump there and it will be a perfect spot for it.
This is our front walkway. It used to have that ugly red lava rock instead of bark dust. I am working on finding something to fill the narrow space. On the other side of the walkway (below) the last short-term owners tore out a lot of nice flowers and put in these evergreen things. There was another one of the little christmas tree looking things but it died. It might be nice to try to get this back the way it used to be but for now it’s OK.
Side of driveway. This also used to be full of flowers that were torn out, replaced with these evergreens and some more red lava rock. One of the evergreen shrubs died. I wouldn’t mind too much if the other three bit the dust. Just sayin’.
I just dug out an old stump from here. No idea what it was. This is where the sedum will go. They are pretty neat looking and have a lot of color.
I don’t really know what to do with this area. It seems pretty disorganized. There is a lot of stuff in there that I don’t know what it is, so I’m not sure if it’s doing what it’s supposed to do. I’m not really doing much over here right now. I may just clear out a bunch of it and start over.
Side yard. I just cut back the yellow loosestrife here and I need to divide it. Fluffy green stuff to the right of it is iris. It also needs to be cut back and divided but I will wait until it browns up. To the left is one of my Dahlias. They need to be staked. I will definitely get a cage in place next year. They are too big and flopping over now.
A giant lilac (should have pruned it way back right after it bloomed. Oops) And a dying Japanese Pieris. I don’t love the pieris here so if it bites the dust I won’t cry. I will not enjoy digging out the stump. In between them is what I think is white valerian. Also floppy.
More floppy dahlias. I staked these ones. I also cut back the crocosmias and probably need to divide those bad boys too.
Dahlias next to butterfly bush. I don’t HATE the butterfly bush. It stays flowering a long time and you just have to prune it aggressively in the spring. They are supposedly invasive but I am not seeing that here.
This is either lambs ear or jerusalem sage. Maybe. Also a weird placement. Way too close to some lilacs. Which are invasive little jerks. I think some are popping up in the backyard now too.
Dahlias are pretty. They seem to last a while in a vase too!
The bane of my existence. The backyard extension. Hot, dry and chock full of blackberries that refuse to die. This area needs a lot of work. For now I just try to keep on the new shoots of blackberries coming up. Ideally I’d have this area landscaped, maybe with tiers and something low-maintenance – rocks and grasses. Different style from the front yard.
I see you. Die, die, DIE!!!
See why they call it a butterfly bush?
I also have two buckets (yes buckets) full of bulbs that need to be planted this fall. Most of them I dug up when I was working in the yard, so back to the yard they will go. Some of them *may* have come from the foreclosed house across the street. They had a really pretty kind that I don’t have, so I will “trade” them. I weed their yard, so it’s only fair.
BUT WAIT – THERE’S MORE!
Today I got a little present in the mail from the former owner:
It’s pretty unbelievable about just how much is missing from what was there just two years ago. Though now it is nice to have some real plans to work with!