more garden pictures
I know I have posted lots of pictures from my gardens, but this time I took pictures of the front and back yards too, so you can see the expanse of back yard that I have. Also, there are a couple of new blooms coming in the gardens. I hope you don't mind. They are all under the cut.
Back Yard Flower Bed
Sitting Area by Back Garden
Front Yard Garden
View of Back yard from South Side of House
Veronica in Bloom in Front Garden
View of Front Yard from South Side of House
View of Side Garden From North Side of House
Garden in front of Garden Shed
Jackmanii Clematis in Full Bloom
Front of house, Side View
More Lilies - from Front Flower Bed
Big Vegetable Garden - Tomatoes,potatoes, wax beans, green beans, beets, swiss chard, spinach, onions, turnips, spaghetti squash, carrots, perennial oregano, garden sorrel, sweet basil,English cucumbers
Small Vegetable Garden, Peas and pickling cucumbers, (the soil isn't really purple, that's just how it came out with the camera!)
Tiny Tim Tomatoes ripening
The south side of the house has an arbour that I built six years ago. It has a definite lean to it that I will have to correct shortly. I have Virginia Creeper growing on it. Also, on each side of the arbour I have lilies, Asiatic variety that will be starting to bloom in the next week or so. Alongside that side of the house, I have a large trellis that holds a clematis. The back of the house has another trellis that holds a new red clematis that I just bought this year. Also I have a beautiful red peony in this bed, along with day lilies, a yellow and the standard orange. Also, I have Siberian irises that have finished blooming.
The back yard has a large oval flower bed containing mostly perennials but this year I added some filler annuals. The black trailer farther back holds petunias. The flower bed in front of the gardening shed has evening primroses, ladies mantle, sunflower heliopsis, and a foxglove. Also, I added some annuals for more colour.
The side flower bed I had to practically redo this year, as I let it go last year (due to a bad back) and the evening primroses took over. I lost a few good perennials so this year I had to fill in, again with annuals. The front flower bed has a rose bush, lilies of varying blooming times, silver mound, blue grass, and other perennials too numerous to mention. I am sure I posted pictures of most them in bloom at one time or another. The same with the back flower bed, lots of perennials.
You can see from the pictures that the back yard is quite expansive, lots of grass, but I hope one day to have more flower beds, somehow connected. We have a septic field behind the flower bed, so I will have to be careful where I put things. I would like a pond too, but again, because of all the birches, it will be a tough decision to make. We also have a fire pit that we use in cooler weather. One of the challenges of country living and gardening is keeping up with the weeding. Because the yard is bordered by nature, weed control is always an issue. There is a creek flowing through the property on the south side, down the hill, so I don't like to use herbicides if I can help it. That is why, in the spring the back lawn is more yellow than green. Yellow with dandelions, that is.
Well, that's it for now. I hope I haven't bored you with this blog. I hope you enjoyed the tour.