|Backyard Side-Fence (note busy road on other side of neighbors)|
|Backyard Fence close up|
|Backyard Fence toward front yard|
We spent most of the 1st year patching and painting and fixing the many crawlspace issues. Even though we did a quite a bit of work on cleaning up the overgrown yard, we only scratched the surface....things like putting up rain gutters, pulling the ivy that was growing into the windows' trim, accessing the sewer line, and cutting down 3 trees. This year Lee is working on the yard with deadly earnest.
Along the left side of our back yard there are two large oak trees. The previous owners had made a lovely cleared garden under their canopy using azaleas, hollies, magnolias, mock-orange and other shrubs of which I'm yet unfamiliar. It was entirely overgrown with masses of weeds in between the leggy shrubs.
Lee's since chopped down the weeds, put plastic landscaping cloth over it, then covering it with black mulch. We took down the clothes line and made the anchor post into a place for hanging flower pots. We also got rid of the rose bed in the middle of the yard that had 3 roses that were no longer flowering, and cut down a smallish oak tree near the shed.
Next on the to-do list is to clear the fence of this mass of mess. There's a shrub, Nadinia, that grows with great gusto around here and is used as a hedgerow on the other side of our house as well as along the back fence area. Its prolific along the fence here as well as the side of the house. Most of this will go, period. Last night I transplanted my very sickly heuchera from the front flower bed to this shady bed. Its unlikely to survive, but was worth a shot. I also replanted my hanging basket of purple Wave petunias here as well. We'll be leaving on vacation soon, and don't want to burden the neighbors with daily watering of the fussy containers. The container of Shasta daisies was replanted by the Salsa Garden.
Yep, there's a chain-link fence in there...somewhere. I would love to replace it with a pretty privacy fence, but we're not sure we are staying here....no sense in throwing more money at this place. For now, we'll clear out the weedy stuff an keep/prune the better species in hopes of disguising the fencing.
|Blueberries along back fence|
|My Salsa Garden|
This last picture is of our little veggie garden....about 6' x 2'. It consists of a cutting tomato, a Roma tomato, and a Patio tomato. There are also 3 Bell pepper plants and a row of radishes.
Can you see the red scalloped tiles? We found these buried in the grass behind the garage, and they work great to close the gap that leads to the underside of the workshop. We bought some more at Lowes to wrap around the side, too. Good bye bunnies and skunks and mice and whatever else has been living under there.
I'm linking this post to The RunARound Ranch Report Good Fences Thursday. If you get a chance, mosey on over there and join the fun. There are some amazing pictures and sites to discover.