evolution of a lawn–retrospective of the back yard

It’s the last day of winter break. I’m doing what many of my colleagues are doing: finishing up course syllabi. But it’s time for a break! So I’m blogging, even though there’s no way I can actually garden right now! I thought I’d write a little about one part of the garden, and go back through old photos from this past year. I’ll start with the back yard.

The back yard is presided over by a venerable apple tree. Here it is in ice-coated splendor a few weeks ago–on December 22:???????????????????????????????Sitting on the Aldo Leopold bench under the tree, facing Northeast and looking out over the barnyard and trees beyond is one of the pleasures of the garden.

apple tree and bench in early April 2013
apple tree and bench in early April 2013

Here you can see the wild daylilies just emerging, and the tulips and narcissus also poking up.

later in April under the apple tree
later in April under the apple tree

This is late April–the first narcissus are blooming!

sitting under the apple tree with Tater and daffodils, April 29
sitting under the apple tree with Tater and daffodils, April 29

???????????????????????????????Here, above, is the apple tree garden on the first of May. I spent a fair number of hours out here in early May, straightening the slumping stone wall, and eradicating more of this patch of lawn. There’s one of the coffee cups I invariably leave scattered throughout the garden. The photo below is from the same day, looking at the back yard garden from that same patch of lawn. home may 1 024

???????????????????????????????And here, below, is a picture of the same garden from what I think of as the bottom, looking up toward the house. I’m doing basic early Spring “housecleaning”–raking out last year’s stems and such. There is no wall around the bottom of the garden, which is something I added later last summer. This is part of that effort, which involved weeding, edging, mulching with hay and building a low rock wall. ???????????????????????????????The picture below shows the “bottom up” view. The apple tree is in full glory–this picture is taken in early September. You can see the heliopsis that for years took over the bottom part of the garden here. Later in the fall I pushed those out and planted lots of tulips there, and added compost.

September 3 015The little rock wall is hard to see between the grass and the flowers.

crowded with echinacea, phlox and heliopsis.
crowded with echinacea, phlox and heliopsis.

???????????????????????????????This is mid-October, after I removed the heliopsis, and added the compost. Now you can see the wall again. ???????????????????????????????I am hoping that this area is bursting with tulips and narcissus in a few months!

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  1. Michele Whalen says:

    Ah the beautiful pictures of your gardens without ice and snow covering them. Thanks Anne!

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