My husband used to tolerate yard work but never loved it. I think it was forced on him so much as a child that he really has no use for it. If we could have an apartment with a woodworking shop he would be content. I don't blame him. So, when we moved to this house in 2005 he was thrilled that the HOA dues included mowing of both the front and the back yards. That was especially good for us because we have one of the biggest lots in this garden home community.
Well, somewhere around 2007 we decided we needed something besides just grass. Now, let it be said that I am fine with just grass but it was a little plain with just grass and a wood fence. Stark is probably a better word. So, we called in a landscaper and had a good deal of work done. We extended the patio and had quite a bit of greenery put in. It was lovely and it was all LITTLE.
Over time we have lost some bushes, some have been damaged in the weather and some things we just lost interest for. We have replaced, changed and added new stuff.
We talked about just removing everything except for the holly trees and just planting grass again. I am sort of up with that but I think he hates to do that so we are going to take everything out except for the hollies, crab apple, Japanese maple and hackberry and plant Asiatic jasmine as a ground cover and call it done. We will be keeping the big rocks though. I am done with flower pots and hanging baskets and all that sort of thing. I want to hose the patio down, get a beverage and sit down and just enjoy green. We will be keeping the big blue pots by the gazebo because they work well with purslane.
|It looks under control but it isn't -- SO overgrown|
|You can't see the plants because of Ouch,Damn and Treacherous|
|Magic Mushrooms -- yum!|
|The Farmer in the Dell|
|This is a huge Hawthorn bush that is totally covered by that Asian something or other|
|Screwy Japanese Maple Tree-- part of it died and broke and now we have this -- it may turn into Japanese Maple Bush|
|from the backside looking back at the house|
While I was out giving direction (haha!) I was looking around at the rest of the yard. I am not an outdoor girl so I am usually surprised by what I find out there. I heard a good deal of chirping -- like an argument -- and saw two female cardinals flying at each other. When I walked closer each flew into a separate tree. I think they each have a nest. Then, I heard more chirping and looked up to see a large male cardinal. Maybe it was him they were fighting over? Hmm..
|not a good picture but this is the male cardinal and he was pretty big|
Then, there was a squirrel running amok around the yard and over the fence. I don't see squirrels regularly as we have no pecan trees around. If I see them they are only passing through.
Apparently as my husband was pruning and trimming he found a spot where something has dug under the fence to the property behind us. I am thinking that is the passageway of the racoons that run through the yard. We have had racoon, coyote, fox and rabbit in our yard. However, since they built the apartment behind us we don't get to see those things anymore, just people coming in off the street dumping trash in the dumpster that the developers thought would be well placed right behind my house. Yes. Another story.
So, anyway, look closely because I think all of this is going to be history and I can't say as I mind.