It’s been awhile since I’ve paid much attention to cat hats and my Notso Kitty Shop…. Don’t worry– I’ll focus on them again shortly! In the meantime I’ve been pretty busy. Not only is work threatening to put me through hell again for the next few weeks, but I’ve been trying to finish up my yard in time to enjoy it for Summer. Positive progress has been achieved in the yard– here is a review of all I’ve been up to.
We started with not much– I had planted a few random plantings in the back and side yards. The front had a little bit more in the way of flowers— but this needed work too. The following three pictures are the before pictures of the backyard.
The following two pictures are a before picture of the side yard
The next few pictures show a before of the front of the house
As you can see from the before pictures, not too impressive. But the after are much better. We did the most work in the backyard by de-sodding half the yard and planting three large red maple trees that will hopefully fill in even more in the years to come. We got landscaping suggestions from the team at Mahoney’s Garden Center— but in the end I decided to go partially with my own plan instead of following their design exactly. The red maples, inkberry shrubs, pink hydrangeas, and rhododendrons were all Mahoney’s suggestions….. The green hydrangeas, excess ferns, and different types of heuchera were all my own doing. I think it looks pretty great.
The next few pictures show the “after” of the backyard work Todd and I did
We also added a Kwanzan flowering cherry tree to the back in a corner where previously nothing stood
I didn’t forget the side yard. While I was busy buying plants for the backyard, I managed to pick up a few things for there too
Even the front yard has been filled in a little bit. I also de-constructed our greenhouse foundation and made “fruit patches” in the other side yard. Right now the fruits I have growing include strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and tayberries. I can’t wait until their big enough to produce delicious berries!
I’m so happy that the yard is finally starting to come together. Aside from all the landscape-type plantings I’ve been busy with, the vegetable garden has been quite productive as well. I’ve already harvested my first crop of lettuce! Perhaps I will post more about my flowers and vegetables at a later date. Until then, I’ll be chilling in my more enjoyable yard.