the backyard, almost there!

I basically did nothing but garden in the back yard for two solid days, with a few hours off to go ride my horse. I’m leaving August 5 for a ten-day road trip, and really wanted to get the back yard done before then. Back in early June I re-edged the whole long lower edge…

back yard coming along…

This will have to be a quick post because I am short on time. This morning I took some pictures of the work I’ve been doing in the back yard. Mostly weeding, laying down newspaper, and putting on used wood shavings from the stables.        

major construction work in the back yard today

I didn’t get “before” photos, so my “after” pictures will not be as interesting, but I’m in the middle of a major effort to get the back yard garden in shape. I’d have to call it an “intervention”, keeping the grass and weeds from getting too entrenched. They are growing at an impressive rate.¬† At…

garden visitors, human and not

This weekend a relative visited us and we spent quite a bit of time in the gardens. It was great to see the garden through her eyes–everyone sees different things. She left this morning and we packed the back of her car with some hosta divisions and a few other things for her garden. We…

the heat wave

More like a heat ocean, since it doesn’t come and go like a wave–it seems stuck here. Hard to do anything outdoors with these temperatures. You’d think that a major, long thunderstorm like we had the other day would have cooled it off, but it was still blazing hot yesterday. Ugh. Then in the evening…

high summer flowers arrive

On the roadsides, black-eyed susan, viper’s bugloss, white clover, yarrow and lots of other flowers make a gorgeous garden, telling me it’s high summer. In my own garden, that means echinacea, daylilies, beebalm, false sunflower and phlox, among others. The rain has been unrelenting. Hay sits rotting in farmers’ fields, weeds and flowers alike are…

misty moisty morning

Cool and misty outside this morning. I walked around happily with my camera and was suprised by a pink daylily that opened overnight. It’s one of the new ones I ordered from Oakes Daylilies in January–it arrived last month and I planted it in the back yard. Yesterday I smothered the grass around these new…

keeping up with the weeds…or not

Mostly, not. Take a look at this:This is my nice new rock wall in the back yard. The fresh green baby grass has made itself¬† completely at home outside and inside the barrier, as you can see. *sigh* I will be going to get some mulch soon–and I did a few hours of weed suppression…