Landscaping at Skyler Acres

As you may recall, it was PawPaw who wanted a back yard.  Mama not so much.  But PawPaw prevailed, and then, of course he transitioned to the Bridge.  So here’s Mama who loves plants and shrubs, but doesn’t necessarily want to wrestle with them.  In one respect, we are fortunate because we have a long, rectangular yard  with no grass…it is all “natural”.  These yards are not easier than grass yards.  They always need tweeking and Mama has had her epic struggle with Virginia Creeper, leaf gathering, ivy (she HATES ivy),  weed and vine pulling. Last year, we had all the ivy ripped out….80+ yard bags…it was EPIC and took 6 days.  But it got things a lot more manageable for Mama. Here is he who wanted the yard, and Casey, who along with Josh and Noah appreciated it.Jim and Casey

Foxtail fern and geranium

This is Mama’s of Summer gardening. This is our fox tailed fern, a gift from Florida, and a Geranium in a pot from a yard sale.  It reminds us of Italy.Backyard birdbath, my house 2014

We are also great fans of whimsy.  Our bird baths are planted with moss and Sedum…and Scotties of course!Basil Parsley & Turtles

Mama also loves the Dollar Store, where these Turtles came from.  We try to create little tableaux.Bottle Tree exampleMama really wants a bottle tree.  I mean really wants.  Stay tuned!

Front Porch needs more plants

Our front porch steps need more plants….Mama got busy yesterday and potted a bunch of stuff for the back deck.  But she could come around to less is more…especially when it comes to watering all the containers…….

Mercury in Retrograde Ferns

These are our Mercury in Retrograde Boston Ferns.  Mama had just come home with them and tried to hang the one to the left.  It slipped out of her hands and fell between the front porch and that hedge.  Mama got really mad at Mercury in Retrograde cause it has been messing with us, so she removed her glasses and forced herself between the bricks and hedge, retrieving the fern.  Boy she was mad!  The pot  had cracked when it fell,  which was really going to send her over the top, till she figured that it could be duct taped. I call it our Redneck Boston Fern, but so far so good with the duct tape…keep your fingers crossed!Needs flowers

We stole this out of a neighbor’s yard can.  It was going to be thrown out so we liberated it and will put some flowers in it.  We think it’s pretty cool.  I was a bit embarrassed that we were liberating someone’s yard waste, but Mama said to pick up the pace on our walk and no one would be the wiser….Skyler at gate Sept 2012  Here I am snoopervising Mama in the backyard…..Noah loved the backyard too, but he could be trusted not to find a way to sneak off.  I keep telling Mama Scout’s Honor, but so far, no progress……MVG and Noah

Towers gift from neighbor

These towers were a gift from a neighbor.  Mama just placed them…they are heavy as can be, and have pegs to secure their bases.  Saint Frances (left) is talking to our Gargoyle (by left tower)  We think the Gargoyle looks like PawPaw….heh heh !  The deer will probably eat our Hostas, but right now we are enjoying them.  There is a lot of shade in our back yard, so the Hostas  (we have several kinds) get nice and big, and I guess the Deer say, “Yum yum!”  I myself am not interested in eating Hostas, so I don’t know what they taste like.Yard Art

Hah Hah….another one of Mama’s jokes…….She loves that Rooster too!Broken but beautiful

Here’s our front yard bird bath. Our Dragonfly has a broken wing, but you know who says it adds to mood. Sure.Casey on deck

Casey could also be trusted in the back yard. I am getting a complex.  Mama sez to chillax because I am staying on leash.  It was a condition of my adoption.  I will say that even on leash  I get to explore as much as I want to. Pineapples from neighbor

Here’s our last project.  Deciding where to put these pineapples.  They weigh a TON.  Mama barely got them home, and is not looking forward to moving them again.  But we do want them out where we can enjoy them…..we’ll keep you posted!



  1. easyweimaraner · May 17, 2016

    I so agree with your mama… it is great to have flowers and plants but the mama dislikes all the work around my back yard…why always the things we not want grow like… like… like weed? I’m not allowed alone in my back yard because my head nearly bursts with freakish ideas, so they always have an eye on me… like a jailberd…sacndalous. I hope you find the bestest place for this pineapples, they look fabulous… maybe you can create a small beach paradise around this two pineapples?

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    • Skyler Braveheart · May 17, 2016

      Easy, great idea! We looked at them for years in a neighbor’s back yard, and when she sadly died, her daughters said we should have them. So, we want to do a special tribute to our neighbor with them. Love the way you think!


  2. indyandlucy · May 17, 2016

    You have an exciting yard. Hope those Joe Rubber Necks stay out of it.

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  3. Lee · May 17, 2016

    We liberate great things also. Why our last liberate was an old milk can and a watering can. They are painted a sumac color now and one says WELCOME with a flower and the other say happiness in gold. Lee put a bow on the milk can in black and yellow. Our other neighbor wanted to buy it for their porch. Several people around us have bottle trees.
    Sweet William The Scot

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  4. Fozziemum · May 17, 2016

    Sweetie your yard looks lovely ! I hate watering and spend all summer doing so…but our houseyard is our oasis so i do it ..begrudgingly…we are in an almost winter..and no watering ! Yay…i love whimsy and i like your Mum upcycle all the time..i want to take this opportunity to also thankyou so very much for the love and kind words when we said adieu to our Angel Forrest..such kindness is a humbling thing….much love Fozziemum xx

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    • Skyler Braveheart · May 17, 2016

      Thanks so much! We could make our own bottle tree Mama thinks, but we would still need the base. I hope Forrest has found his way around the Bridge by now…I told my PawPaw, Josh, Casey & Noah to be on the lookout for him, and as we told you, they will definitely take him to Angus’s to eat and make new friends. It is always so dang hard to say goodbye, even when it is for the best. Mama thinks we will all be reunited one day, and that gives her some comfort. But just between us, she still cries for the others. That’s one reason she likes having our portraits painted. We hope your grief will ease a bit. It is so very difficult. Xxxxxxx Skyler

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      • Fozziemum · May 18, 2016

        We are sure that Forrest has made many new friends..we know we will catch up has no limit to earthly boundaries..we are having better days..still moments many moments but that is tol be expected..we have Doc to be strong for and he like us has bad days…i am very curious about the bottle tree ? Do tell! 🙂 loves Fozziemum xx

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  5. theguster · May 17, 2016

    Your yard is really shaping up nicely! We love the tree trunk you ‘liberated’ from the neighbor’s garbage. It’s always fun to re-purpose or recycle something. Be sure to show us a picture of what mama did with it!

    McDuff & Mom

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  6. Kismet · May 17, 2016

    WATCH OUT! Those aren’t pineapples, they’re grenades.

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  7. Skyler Braveheart · May 18, 2016

    Kismet, if you can lift those suckers to throw them, you are one muscular girl!

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  8. Susan Fowler · May 18, 2016

    Love that trunk Momma liberated. I also LOVE the concrete pineapples!!!! Color me jealous! It all looks so inviting =)
    Great job!!

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    • Skyler Braveheart · May 18, 2016

      Your back yard is looking extra stunning…the patio & landscaping is waaaay awesome. We have to figure out the best place for the pineapples cause we don’t want to have to keep moving them 😦


  9. onespoiledcat · May 18, 2016

    Oh I’m sure that yard is a lot of work……people think GRASS is a lot of work (which it kinda is) but “wild” is too. You have lots of treasures around to add interest – way cool!! Good luck – yards are a whole lot of work – I prefer just wandering them and exploring to WORKING. That’s for humans right Skyler???

    Hugs, Sammy

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    • Skyler Braveheart · May 18, 2016

      Thanks Sammy! Mama always pulling up some errant grass. Sometimes we wish our yard could be mowed and BINGO, it would be done. This has to attacked in little ” bites”. Or Mama gets overwhelmed.


  10. fergusnguinness · May 18, 2016

    Mama did a fun fab job with that space. Maybe she can drink a Margarita and you a water bowl relaxing back there.

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  11. Linda Rosenberg · May 18, 2016

    You have such a big back yard & quite the interesting collection of critters in it! We love it.

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  12. Skyler Braveheart · May 19, 2016

    Thank you Aunt Linda!


  13. Animalcouriers · May 19, 2016

    You must love your back yard – so much to explore! Never a dull moment for you we’re sure.

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    • Skyler Braveheart · May 19, 2016

      Especially when Mama accidentally gets in poison ivy and comes tearing into the house with her hair on fire, aiming for the shower! I get a big kick out of that!

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  14. speedyrabbit · May 19, 2016

    OMB Skylar your garden is Heavenly,I would love to explore there,xx Speedy

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  15. lauramarec · May 22, 2016

    We love all of your plants and the trunk you “liberated” from your neighbor’s can! it will make a great planter!
    You are lucky you can grow Hostas! I love them, but it is too hot for them in Southern California!
    I especially love your Scottie planter on your steps! Nice yard for the doggies, too!
    Have fun in your nice yard!
    Riley-Puppy’s and Tessie-Girl’s Mum

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  16. corkscot · May 23, 2016

    We love your yard. It is much more interesting than a Florida yard. What are bottle trees? We have a bottle brush tree, but I don’t think that there are bottle trees. Tell your mom that you can have a real pineapple plant. Just cut the top of a pineapple and plant it. You don’t have to water it too much. The best way is in the center of plant. Why don’t we get notification when you publish a blog?

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    • Skyler Braveheart · May 23, 2016

      Thanks so much! Bottle trees are either metal bases with “branches” or real trees whose branches have been altered to accommodate sliding bottles over them. The bottles can be the same color, or a mixture, generally they are wine bottles or shaped like wine bottles. They are a Southern thing, and lots of fun. Now you can find the metal bases at craft shows. We don’t have the right tree, so we’ll need to go with the metal base type. And love your idea to grow pineapples. We are zone 7 I believe. You can have a lot more fun plants & shrubs than us…like the bottlebrush, which we adore, but can’t grow. Not sure why my blog doesn’t appear in your email. Did you hit the “follow” button that appears in green when you comment? When you hit it it, it changes to ” following” That’s how your blog comes in our email.


  17. corkscot · May 24, 2016

    I have been following for a long time. I just hit the green following button and will see what happens. I have never seen the bottle tree in Florida. It seems that people drink a lot of wine here. There should be trees all over the place. I not sure of the Zone that we are in. The pineapple can be grown indoors. It does not take up a lot of room.

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    • Skyler Braveheart · May 24, 2016

      You would think there would be a lot of those trees in Florida then….they seem to appeal to quirky peeps like me, so they are not that common yet.. To me, they are part of the self tayght/primitive art school…that’s how I found out about them. I spent some time looking for a way to have one…my late husband was very resistant, but since he has his hands full at the Rainbow Bridge, and Skyler and I are running the homestead, we’re getting one. If you go to my FB page Michele van Gobes, or Skyler’s…Skyler Braveheart, I am going to post a picture of a neighbor’s tree. The one opinion the tiny photo of this blog is one set in a field that we pass on the way to our Vet’s. There is also a Firecracker shrub that frowns in Charleston but won’t grow here. My final desire is for the Beauty is very cool. The front and back yards are two different animals, one getting light and one mostly shaded, so part of the challenge is finding the correct locations for the items on the wish list. When the Bottle Tree finally goes up, I expect my husband’s urn to start vibrating……

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      • Skyler Braveheart · May 24, 2016

        Corkscot..woot woot! We just got notice that you are following my blog…that means it should appear in your email.


    • corkscot · June 9, 2016

      It says that we are following.

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  18. The Scottie Chronicles · June 7, 2016

    I sure like your Scottie in your birdbath. Toby will be with us until Friday. Having a big time!

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  19. Anna Waldherr · July 5, 2016

    I have whatever is the opposite of a green thumb is. Can only envy your garden. Love the dogs. 🙂


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