Friday, June 27, 2008

Yard Work

Everyone has been posting such lovely pictures of their yards. Our yard is definitely a work in progress. It was well on it's way to being a great yard several years ago when we made the decision to add the guesthouse for my mom. Well there went the front and backyard. We had the driveway ripped out, removed trees and the front yard leveled. Since then it's been one project after another. Seth has been very helpful with the front yard and besides needing a tree it's well on it's way to looking great. We moved thebench/trellis seat to the back yard after the wind damaged it last fall. I just couldn't bear to part with it. It's in shabby shape, but I don't think the morning glory vines in the backyard will mind.
Not sure what these little beauties are but they're pretty. Seth tends to pick the seed packets by his likes and dislikes.
I've never had any luck with daisies but Seth has some great ones growing in the front yard.
This is Seth's hollyhock forest as I like to call it. These were all seeds that my aunt gave me years ago before she passed away. We even have an awesome "black" hollyhock. It's really very dark purple. We save the seeds every year for the next year, but mostly they self seed.
Hollyhocks up close and personal.
This was taken earlier in the spring and it's the front yard. I think this was March.
This is the yard last spring, 2007. It was looking okay. What you can't see is the ground in the yard is not level and all the Bermuda in the flower beds. The bobcat the contractor used just wrecked havoc back here. Hubby and father-in-law are spraying roundup on the Bermuda and then will begin the tedious process of hand leveling it. The yard is too small to accommodate any kind of equipment now.
Last of the built in brick flower beds. I had to remove the last rosebush because of disease. We had all new cement poured when we did the guesthouse.
This flowerbed creates an "L" around the back of the house.
Oh please don't look closely at this patio. It needs a lot of work.
I love the little tiny tunia plant.
Here's what is left of the bench.
Of course we have morning glories growing here at Morning Glory Cottage.
This is what we started with. Yuck!
Now. We pulled out the cannas and hope to eventually put in a raised bed in the corner.
Behind the chairs.
This is the guesthouse. Seth put in the window flower box just recently for me. You can see the grape on the ground. It needs a new arbor. The old supports rotted away. Hopefully this will begin to look better soon. It looks a little bit better than what we started with 8 years ago. At least there's no broken glass and some greenery. But that's another story for another post. Have a great weekend everyone!

1 comment:

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hi, Amanda, thanks for leaving me a note. Looks like you've been busy outside and doing lots of planting. I appreciate all the votes & I'll probably just leave it red, that's my leaning right now. Why mess up a good thing??

I wish I had more time to visit all of you!