Eleven years ago, when Peter & I got married, we had a new house built. We chose a corner lot because it gave us more privacy in our yard. I retired 2 years later (Peter was already retired), and have worked hard at landscaping our yard ever since. The first year we planted trees and shrubs, and started a small garden on the front and side of our porch.
The second summer, once the yards were completely sodded, the men in the neighborhood worked together on fencing the yards.
Each year since, I've built up the gardens with compost, peat moss and top soil and added new gardens and lots of new plants. I have just a final 20' section, inside the fence on the north side of the house, which will connect two other gardens and finish the landscaping plan. Well, "plan" makes it sounds as if I know what I'm doing... It's really been much more trial and error to see what worked, and some plants and even shrubs aren't where they started out. Our church plant sale has found homes for other "mistakes".
Over the process, I've discovered some favourite plants, including clematis, peonies, hosta and coral bells. Tulips and daffodils. Geraniums and sweet alyssum. Ecinachea, perennial phlox, black-eyed susans and columbines. Bleeding hearts and sedum.
Now my favourite nursery is having its end-of-season sale with most plants 50% off, some even more, and I'm going to have one more lovely shopping trip to pick up plants for this last 20' section. Once they are in, I will plant the 5O King Alfred daffodil bulbs and 50+ new tulip bulbs that are waiting in the garage.
We have some pruning to do on the maple, apple and flowering crabapple trees, and the lawn outside the fence needs to be fertilized and top dressed once it's had its final mowing.
Thanks for reading. If you are a gardener, I hope you're enjoying your yard work too.