The biggest landscaping story has to be the abundance of forsythia. It seems to go on forever, and grows about a foot a month. I'm not sure we'll ever be able to tame it!
|April: In full bloom, along the red fence Badly in need of a prune!|
|April: The yellow wall along the side fence in the back yard.|
|April: But wait, there's even more around the north side of the house.|
We may soon do away with these shrubs in favor of a driveway expansion. We certainly have plenty elsewhere.
|May: trying to tame the yellow beast and give the little lilac a place to grow.|
|May: I believe we filled up close to 40 yard waste bags this spring.|
This does not include the piles of branches we have been burning in our fire pit all summer!
|May: It seems we could have created another whole hedge from what we got rid of.|
|May: We could actually see the ground underneath for about a month.|
It's since grown back with a vengeance.
|April: Mystery plant sprouting up along the north fence in the back yard.|
|May: It's filling in quite nicely, and helping to disguise the less than|
attractive cinder blocks on our neighbor's side.
|May/June: I'm pretty sure the stuff on the right is some kind of weed.|
Goldenrod maybe? I will be hacking that down next year for sure.
|July: Just in time for the 4th, the day lilies reveal themselves.|
|July: This mystery plant has cool purple bell shaped flowers,|
right next to the day lilies.
| May: This large lilac was in full bloom, just behind the red fence in the corner.|
We can see it from our bedroom window.
|May: Azalea in full bloom.|
|May: Another Azalea on the patio.|
|May: I planted the new bleeding heart from my friend Leah. It got a little dried out looking recently.|
I hope it comes back ok next year.
|June: These shrubs are giving the forsythia at the garage side of the house a run for their money.|
|June: A giant hosta emerged in front of the red metal fence.|
Above, is our second large lilac bush.
|June: 10 days later, the rose bush that is squashed in the|
corner of the fence by the lilac was in full bloom.
|June: There are offshoots of the bush in the corner,|
but they got pretty overtaken by the day lilies a few weeks later.
|July: Hostas and Sedum on the front corner.|
Next year, hopefully we will add some evergreen ground cover to this area.
|July: Hosta just starting to bloom.|
|June: Shriveled poison ivy along the sidewalk outside our fence, after two applications of poison.|
|June: Sidewalk after Greg finished clearing away all the dead stuff.|
He managed to do it all without getting a rash, and he is allergic!