This is my first day back to work, and on my way out to the car this morning at 7:30 I took a few photos of the horses in the barnyard and the garden.
The temperatures are supposed to be very cold for the next five days, which is not great because there’s no protective snow cover for the garden plants, but I don’t think we’re supposed to get a lot of wind, which is the good news.
In this next photo of the backyard, you see the remaining patch of lawn. That’s the grass that is slated for removal this coming season. I’m planning to plant narcissus by the hundreds and daylilies by the score here. For starters.
The photo below is the existing main garden in the backyard. This one I intend to shrink by pulling the far edge up by 5 or 6 feet. You can’t actually see the far edge in this picture–it disappears over a little hill. It’s just a tough edge to keep weeded, because it’s on a slope. I don’t want to build a stone wall there, so I’m going to let the lawn back in and re-group a little farther uphill. I plan to take photos of the whole backyard project as it develops next season.
I ordered three new peonies from Khlem’s Songsparrow nurseries. Elsa Sass, Mrs. Roosavelt, and Orchid Annie. Here are photos of them from the internet: