We moved from a home with a Â½ acre yard to a new home with a much smaller yard.
This was our old backyard.Â Hours and hours were spent on it each week.Â The steep hill in the back was a killer to mow.Â Especially since DSH insisted on this cross-cut pattern each cutting.Â He kept the lawn weed-free and well-fed.Â This meant it needed to be cut three times a week when the weather was not too hot.
I, for one, thought we had better things on which to spend our time.
This is our new backyard.Â Cute.Â But small and manageable.Â We had a contest the other night to see if I could clean up after dinner and wash dishes more quickly than DSH could cut the lawn.
It was nearly a tie.
But, I wanted to addÂ my own touches.Â I knew that I wouldn’t be able to get a garden in this year and, quite honestly, theÂ area is so overrun with squirrels and rabbits I don’t know that I would have harvested anything.Â They ate my geraniums already and have eaten a lot of the plants in the beds, too.
I did bring along some of my herbs which I wintered over in pots.Â I added some that I had to leave behind in the raised beds at the old house.
Rosemary, basil,Â oregano, and parsley.
Mint and thyme.
I’m not crazy about the yews, but we don’t have time to take them out this year.Â So I added a sage plant in a corner where it can eventually grow larger.Â My friend, Lynn, gave us the glass hummingbird feeder.
I added an English lavender plant in another spot where it can grow into a large bush someday, too.
This is some columbine that my mother-in-law gave me from her garden.Â This cutting is from a vintage plant that originally came from her mother’s garden.Â So, this is a sentimental planting whose origins are much older than I am.Â How cool is that?
We have this nice sitting area off the soon-to-be game room which is off the garage.Â This space was begging for something like these large asparagus ferns.
I added some other flowers and even a few jalapeÃ±o plants.
I found two root-bound Stella D’Oro Daylily plants on clearance at the local home improvement store, broke them apart, and planted them in this bed back by the garden shed and alley.
We get some nice sun in the morning and the afternoon sun is blocked by the neighbor’s trees.
I think the back of the house is as cute as the front of the house.