With the abundant rain that we had this summer, my garden ( or yard ) became quite ‘cottage’ style. I’ll take you on a little garden tour if you like.
Starting when you pull in to the one-car gravel parking space, while some of you may have seen the picture on the left of the collage, what’s been going on after I took it is that this tomato plant that I “tucked in” there amongst the flowers started really taking off. Perhaps more than I bargained for :) There are lots of green tomatoes there now.
Walking around to the front of the porch, there are some shasta daisies, a bit of lavender, lantana, hibiscus, and another ‘tucked in’ tomato plant. It is bigger now…this picture is a few weeks old. It has myriad tomatoes on it at the moment.
To the other side of the front steps…I had to transplant a thunbergia vine that I had growing originally in a pot on the porch, and while I had sweet alyssum in two planters, one had to go into the ground since it was growing so profusely. I also have lantana, dahlias, zinnias and finally the sweet pea is blooming here too.
Walking around to the side now, looking up you will see the morning glory vines climbing the front porch.
Then as we go along, there are cleome, zinnia, sunflowers, and russian sage, next a hydrangea bush, and further on some tall grass plants.
Behind the tall grass plants is where I have the garbage cans and you really can’t see that from the street. The back yard is fenced in for the dogs….though I own a strip alongside the fence and behind it.
Here is a view of that strip…generally the spirea there blooms spring and fall / this year it never quit :) In the far back is a Snowball bush which is just lovely in May.
Entering the back yard through the fence, you will be dodging the pink rose of sharon bush that doubled in size this year and all of the happy bees buzzing around it. Years ago I had a small bush here, as well as various flowers. Once I planted the tall grass and both it and the bush took off, there was no room for any more flowers but also very little weeding to concern myself with.
The other side of the back porch steps have a Japanese lilac bush ( not in bloom now ) another set of tall grass, and toward the corner there is a grouping of a tomato plant, hollyhocks, and I also have morning glories back here.
From the far end of the yard…so you can get an idea of the space, in that dogs and kids still have room to run :
There was a clothesline here when I purchased the house. While there is now a tree through part of it and a bush through another, I still have room to hang blankets, sheets, quilts, etc.
From the middle….along the fence there is a small compost pile behind the smokebush, and cucumbers ( almost done now ) tomatoes, basil, marigolds and sunflowers.
Along with those sunflowers, cleome is blooming right now, and a few flowers planted later on that I don’t remember …( not in bloom yet; I think they are statice )
Going up the side now, there is trumpet vine to your right, hollyhocks, a purple rose of sharon , barberry, and russian sage to the left. Daylilies bloom there in the early summer.
When I first moved here, I planted bushes here and there and they were all quite small, so I filled in with some perennials and annuals and I had a lot of weeding to keep up with. Now everything is filled in and aside from keeping up with wild onions in the spring and bindweed in the fall, I have little weeding to do. I will, however, have much bush trimming work this fall, as they’ve all grown immensely with the rainy summer that we have had.
Now, we can either go back to the backyard and kick that kids ball around or….some of the tomatoes have ripened and are simmering in a pot on the kitchen stove with garden basil, and local peppers and onions. Want some pasta for lunch? :)