|I'm waiting for these to turn golden yellow.|
Several years ago my interest in gardening started to grow. I had some outside space including the yard, a sun porch and flower bed out front, and I love having family over even in my small house and small yard. In spite of how the yard looked we still had family barbeque's during this time. I wanted it to be pretty and welcoming and a place where I could learn to garden and plant some of the things that I liked. At this time I new nothing about choosing plants, flowers, vegetables and shrubs that were appropriate for the conditions in my dappled shade and part sun yard. The soil was clay and nothing had been done to it in years. The previous owner of the house had planted some Spring bulbs, ferns, hosta, and sedum. The ferns were beautiful but through the years they died out, why I don't know. Many of the plants are still here except the ferns which I loved the most.
Age has a way of changing you. As my daughter grew older and more independent my interest in gardening grew. When she graduated from high school I really had more time for me. I started with the fence. One Winter the middle section fell! Time for a new fence. I regret not getting a vinyl fence with some color but it will be here to stay unless I change it. They make newer vinyl fences in different styles and darker colors. I would have loved another wood fence more ornamental maybe cedar or redwood. Better yet, I would have loved a brick fence. No money for that. So, here is the yard before I really made some effort.
|Part of the fence missing. Fell during the Winter. Time to do something. This is the same yard. If I can do something, anyone can do it too, maybe even better.|
|Lovely, no privacy!|
|This was also my first year at seed starting. I grew some of the coleus and the hyacinth bean vine.|
|There are so many birds in the yard I thought it would be nice to watch the birds at the feeder. Birds that I didn't want took over and the cardinals had a hard time feeding. The next nemesis were squirrels. They ate more seeds than the birds.|
|And of course family came to enjoy the yard.|