I realize I am late with this entry but if no one sees it I will at least hold myself and my resolution accountable this year.
We have a long back yard and it is divided pretty much into three areas; backyard 1, 2 and 3. Back yard 1 is the one in need of lots of work. Presently it is overrun with forget- me- nots and dandelions in the grass, in fact, the grass is slowly disappearing due to their spread. I have not been adding many plants to this area as the beds need to be reworked, re-sized and rearranged (not in that order :). As well, two years ago we had the house stuccoed and despite the great work and a new clean look, cleaning up after a renovation is still necessary. I have had a plan in mind for quite a few years and I truly hope to make it a reality this summer.
This is the front corner of the house. The terrace has stairs that lead down the side towards the back. Some of the route to the back is gravel and some is grass. At the end of the house is a door with side windows. There are original stone steps down to the door. One small project is to link the stone stairs of the terrace with those of the steps to the back door. I would simply like to put in some flagstone to link these two areas. Then, the idea is to continue the new flagstone path to the back garden where we would put in a flagstone patio.
|Side at steps to door. Rose of Sharon in flower.|
|This is the back of the house.|
Here is where you will have to use your imagination.
This yard is surrounded by trees except for one open area that leads down to yard 2. Presently in this space is a concrete table and three benches that will be removed as they are disintegrating, and the remains of an old apricot tree that finally died last spring. We will have to do some regrading of this yard. And with the aggressive forget-me-nots which I will never forget, probably replace the topsoil.
I am considering growing either native hydrangeas or viburnums in front of the windows, in an arch, so that they will provide a backdrop to the new patio. I would like to add a small native tree to the right of the house and am thinking of a dogwood (hopefully the Anthracnose is not in the city).
I can not find any photos that show parts of this garden, however looking at the photo there are 3 rhododendron on the right sitting in front of a cedar hedge. Across from the house is a garden bed that needs to be enlarged and moved closer to the house as it backs onto a variety of trees that continue to grow into the bed. To the left of the house is a garden shed, another future project. Across from the house and to the left is the opening to the rest of the back yard.
|view to yard 2|
Project number 2 starts here as I believe the next step is too large to take on as well. That step is to change the slope from yard 1 to yard 2 into stairs or terraced stairs down. The forsythia in front of the black walnut tree would be removed. New plants are needed especially on the right side to help control erosion. But that is for another time.
Naturally if anyone has some ideas or any kind of input I would love to hear it. Winter is a great time to think about the garden.
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