We have not finished--I planted three bushes and fifty four pots of asian jasmine ground cover today and my back said ENOUGH--but we'll finish up tomorrow. This is the last of the ginormous overgrown bushes that were here when we bought the place, and I can't wait to have them gone! I've cut all the front branches down, and most of the branches on the end bushes, but you can see how the middle ones are all up in the eaves! There's actually a window back there, and maybe a third of the rest of our house! Granted, it's only the garage, but still.
|Maybe a third of the way done? Piles of brush...our neighbors don't love us right now.|
|See the window peeking out? Now we'll have to put blinds up in the garage. :~)|
|This is from last summer...a few weeks after trimming that @#$%0 hedge. There's a garage behind it...not that anybody can tell. There's also maybe 30 x 10 feet of planting space in that area, and I am reclaiming it!|
The irises are coming up up up, and while the grass hasn't greened yet, the flower beds are becoming colorful with snap dragons, herbs, and roses getting ready to bloom.
|Crystal Fountain Clematis (I think that's its name) getting ready to bloom!|
|Thrift. A flower named after one of my favorite activities.|
|Tomato plants, with Sweet Alyssum to attract bees.|
|Lemon balm and (I think) Siberian Iris.|
|Same bed, with St. Joseph's lilies & amaryllis...and Schultz's furry behind.|
|That sprawling thing is the Peggy Martin rose. She's come a long way from the 18" start a year ago.|
|The corner bed, with verbena and iris blooming. The blank areas will be full of lantana, oxeye daisy, coreopsis and Dusty Miller in a while.|
|Rabbit's keeping an eye on the society garlic.|
We spent yesterday afternoon out on the deck. Or, I did, while Phil practiced his chip shot from one end of the yard to the other. The cannas in the back are starting to grow--they're only six or eight inches tall yet, but they seem very enthusiastic (if you have access to Medina Granules organic fertilizer, give it a try. It is wonderful, even if it smells like catfish stink-bait the first few days.)
|Our favorite place to hang out on a balmy late afternoon.|
If you're still stuck in a winter zone, I hope the photos brought you some hope for Spring!