Back Yard: Perennials

Every spring gets me like this. I want to dig in the dirt. I want to plant perennials, garden, and fill my porch with happy annuals! Then I get overwhelmed because I’m barely keeping up with my To Dos on the inside of my house. I try to remind myself that a little bit of work outside each season will eventually add up to something beautiful. I’m trying to be patient.

Since getting our big landscaping project done last fall, I finally feel like this is the first year where I can actually enjoy planting and planning instead of spending the entire summer trimming back trees and weeding. You know, have fun instead of taming the chaos. Remember my monster compost pile from last summer?

compost

Whoa, right?

Want to see what I’ve been up to these days?

So, first things first. I’ve done a lot of clean up. As I mentioned earlier, I cleaned up the play area. Then, I donated most of the decking to the old hot tub to a guy that’s using it for his kid’s play house. So sweet, right?

Lastly, I also got rid of all of these patio pavers leftover from where the hot tub used to hang out.

patio_pavers

It feels good to be rid of it all and we finally have some room to play with. I’ve been aching to do this every since we moved…I finally planted a tomato garden!

tomato_garden

Eventually, I’d love to have raised garden beds and grow more than just tomatoes, but this is a sweet start. Considering this is what it used to look like:

hot_tub_mess

I’m totally thrilled with my mini garden. Plus, my helper is fantastic. We’ve already got a few green tomatoes.

garden_helper

And you know what surprised me this spring? We have a lilac bush back here, next to the tomato garden!

lilac

It was being strangled by the neighbors grapes and smothered by one of the trees, which later we removed after it had already bloomed so I never noticed it. Oh, it smelled so good!
lilac2Next, I addressed the side of my deck where my happy Clematis greets me each spring. Note to self, must plant more clematis. It’s so beautiful!

clematis

I added more Columbines and some fresh mulch. I’m praying they come back nice and full next year.

side_deck

I’ve got a few annuals on the deck, like basil…

basil_helpers

And pansies too:

pansies

I want to do much more – hydrangeas, peonies, clematis, hosta, maybe roses and a snowball tree. But, I’m also trying to be reasonable with how much more I can get accomplished this spring. I hope to have another surge in the fall and plant a bunch of bulbs but that’s always a busy time with coaching so we’ll see. I’m happy with the little I’ve done already.

Are you playing outside too these days?

2 thoughts on “Back Yard: Perennials

  1. You have done amazing projects. I didn’t know you donated the wood from the deck. You are so nice. ::)) Just imagine, thecandace what it all looked like just a couple of years ago. WOW! It has taken me 15 years to get a few things done. You should be proud of yourself. Lilacs are so flowerful – looking and aromaful ::)) as well. I bought a ton of geraniums (red) and planted them. They are my favorite. I will pick up more bushes this year and maybe a rose. Take the time to lie down on the grass. The earth will heal you. Who knows what else you will see at the level? Hugs. lv mamap

    • It’s come a long way, hasn’t it? It’s to reflect once in a while instead of worrying only about what’s left to be done.
      We are the same, I love geraniums too. My favorite are the pink!

      I will lay in the grass one day. With ice coffee and a big hat.

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