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.
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.
We are also great fans of whimsy. Our bird baths are planted with moss and Sedum…and Scotties of course!
Mama also loves the Dollar Store, where these Turtles came from. We try to create little tableaux.Mama really wants a bottle tree. I mean really wants. Stay tuned!
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…….
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!
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…. 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……
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.
Hah Hah….another one of Mama’s jokes…….She loves that Rooster too!
Here’s our front yard bird bath. Our Dragonfly has a broken wing, but you know who says it adds to mood. Sure.
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.
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!