Almost a year ago when I started this blog, I was going to convert the wilderness that was the back yard at my house into a reasonable approximation of a garden. 10 months later…
1. The back garden before
and more before
I wish I had taken more thorough “before” pictures.
2. The back yard “during”
It has been a long road fraught with obstacles to get to “after” pics!
What happened the last time I was (almost) ready to post “after” pictures:
3. Ta Da!
On the garage roof: my veteran geranium, zinnias, Italian parsley (apparently this is the spot it likes), snap dragons. I have ambitions fill the edge of the roof in future.
This is my best “overview” shot. That vague shape of mulch is my path and everything on the outer edge is a bed.
I have ambitions of encouraging the moss in the center so much it becomes a moss lawn. That brown patch in the front was an experiment with buying sheet moss – didn’t work, sheet moss is definitely dead.
4. heading straight ahead from the path behind the garage, first
The vinca is a “found” plant – I didn’t plant it, just encouraged it. Also pictured: wild violets, current bane of my existence.
which I hope will be hardy outside. Not pictured because it’s dormant, I planted a bleeding heart on the other side of the column. There will be snowdrops, bluebells and daffodils in the spring, too, if I’ve managed not to disturb them too badly this summer.
5.I planted hostas in the right-hand shady corner, against the back fence and under the pretty but highly invasive trumpet vines, that I am tolerating.
Ferns and begonias in the left hand corner
6. Annuals along the lefthand side of the fence – this is the only consistently sunny side of the yard.
Next spring, I will plant some chrysanthemums in the ground in this spot and fill in with summer-blooming flowers.
7. Here’s my little “raised bed” – the food section of the yard
I can’t figure out how I want to hang/install my wine bottle tiki torches which is why they are dotted all over the yard.
More Quick Takes over at Conversion Diary. Happy Friday!