Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Let's Face It, there's work to be done here

Backyard Side-Fence (note busy road on other side of neighbors)
Backyard Fence close up
Backyard Fence toward front yard
   We moved into our new home (here in VA) the 1st of March 2013.  The inside of the house needed a very good scrubbing.  The previous owner was an elderly man who passed away the year before it went on the market.  Consequently, the house needed much attention, inside and out.  The yard needed a good "scrubbing" as well.

  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 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
   Since we're talking gardens, let me share a couple more photos of our garden.

My Salsa Garden
   The previous bed continues by running along part of the back fence (sorry can't find my picture of that), but has nothing purposefully planted there, so we planted three blueberry shrubs in there last Autumn.  They're doing pretty well.  The birds really like them, too.

   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.


  1. Oh my, Karen, you know so much about plants! I don't know a weed from something precious. Fun seeing your yard and your little garden!! Have fun on your vacation.

  2. Hi Karen. You certainly had your work cut out for you when you bought that house and you seem to be making good progress. Lots of lovely plants and now your vegetables. All looks great but better to not plough too much money into it if you are not staying there.

  3. i can understand the overgrowth happening while it was unoccupied. really nice trees and all though! i like the brick homes, too.

    thanks for linking in!

  4. Sounds like so much work. I'm sure it will be worth the effort once it's all done.

    Thanks for stopping by to view my "Good Fences" post.

  5. homes are always a work in progress and you are making progress with yours, its looking good.

  6. The work will be long and hard, but oh the end result will be so worth it.

  7. The trees are gorgeous. You have accomplished a lot in a year!

  8. I see you have your garden priorities in order - tomatoes and peppers! Essentials in my book! The only other things we have are green beans, carrots, and berries. But peppers and tomatoes are must-haves.

    And oh, the joys of home ownership. It's a never-ending project. :-)

  9. Love that you planted a salsa garden. Hubs makes some every year and we never have enough to last. Sounds like a lot of work, but it will be worth it. I like the idea of turning the clothesline pole into a place to hang baskets.

  10. What a lovely garden. I love tomatoes and peppers. All your hard work is paying off with the results ...a beautiful garden..Have a happy 4th of July!

  11. Wow, you said you moved in your comment for me; never thought this much work you had. I DO admire your effort and talent; as others said you are rewarded with the good result♡♡♡

    Sending you Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*


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