I thought I’d give you an overall of my backyard. This is a view from my deck.
I’m one of a few houses on our street where we all have deep front yards and deep back yards. Because it is a neighborhood built during World War II, the trees are very established and stately.
I put in these picket fences at least 25 years ago in order to separate the herb and vegetable gardens from the lawn. I probably have replaced them at least once since then. These are “Knock Out’ roses that aren’t particularly doing very well this summer.
On the other side of the archway are two plastic chairs for resting and enjoying the bird song.
Beside the chairs is my shade garden with mammoth honeysuckle trees and a dying crab apple tree and where the ‘Royal Standard’ hostas thrive.
Behind the fence . . .
On the right side are the raised beds with gravel walkways.
This year I very much limited my vegetable gardening to a couple cucumber and zucchini plants, and a bed of tomatoes. Next year, it will be even less with more focus on cut flowers, which have been a continual source of delight to me, the butterflies, and the bees.
The annual salvia have done particularly well with very little attention from me. All of this from just one market pack.
The snaps have grown well, but I have more greenery than flowers.
But the zinnias have been absolutely and ecstatically happy back here.
To the left of the raised beds is the shed/garden house and the herb gardens. I don’t actually grow many herbs anymore. It has become primarily a few perennials, a rose bush and comfrey.
The bee balm and lamb’s ears grow happily here together in front of the shed.
Cat mint grows in front of what used to be a greenhouse. I put a solid roof on it because it kept leaking and I wanted to over winter my chickens in there. So it is more like a semi greenhouse now, getting decent light, but not enough to function fully as a greenhouse.
And another shady spot to take a break and reflect on how much I love gardening and being outside with all of God’s magnificent creations.
Finally Friday – wishing everyone a great weekend!