Behind the tree, right in front of the house, we have some azaleas and a rose bush. All of this was there when we moved in, and I left it alone. Though we're thinking of tearing it out. One of the azaleas is diseased, and the rose bush grows kind of sparsely and not very nicely. And then there are some huge bushes that we definitely want to tear out. They're big and they block the view from our front porch, where we have a set of rocking chairs and a small table.
Around the side, we have 2 humongous rhododendron bushes. They are beautiful, and I wish you could see them better from the street. Also left by the previous owners. I planted a Stargazer lily, because it's my favorite flower. And this is also where we have our vegetable garden. Our staples are tomatoes, basil, and mint (fresh mojitos, yum!), and last year we very sucessfully grew cucumber and banana peppers, too. We usually do green peppers, too, and had great results one year, but terrible results last year. We'll try them again this year, though.
|Our first year, we laid the black tarp down to cut down on the weeding. It was a huge hassle, and since the cucumbers vine, we took it up last year. Didn't really make a difference. And I found I kind of liked the weeding.|
|Our very first pepper!|
Around the back, we have a beautiful Kousa dogwood.
|I built that retaining wall myself. I know, major props!|
And then the back garden. This is where we needed help from my mom and stepdad (Jeff). First of all, when we bought the house, the garden looked like an overgrown jungle. No, no...really;
|Oh yeah, we have a gnome! The previous owners left him behind, can you stand it?!|
Ok, those photos are from various times througout the year. But you get the picture. Canna lilies, calla lilies, irises, black-eye susans, sunflowers, lilies, a butterfly bush, dahlias. Everything looked incredible. But, like I said, I need low-maintenence plants. Cannas and callas are not low-maintenence. In order for them to survive the winter, you're supposed to dig them up and bring them indoors. We took a chance and left them there. The cannas didn't make it, but the callas survived last year. We're crossing our fingers for a 3rd go around this year. The sunflowers and dahlias are perennials and need to be planted every year. We skipped the sunflowers last year, and the dahlias I planted didn't flourish. We'll try them both again, though.
Oh, but the awesome-est part of our backyard?! The hidden playhouse! Tucked away into the big arbevita, the previous owners had built a little playhouse back there! We painted the walls with chalkboard paint and put a couple of little chairs and box full of chalk and games out there. Our friends' kids love it, and I can't wait to play with our kids in it!