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Pictures of the yard

Category: My journey into Gardening | Posted: Tue Oct 23, 2007 5:13 pm

ok so here are some pictures of my yard.
In these pictures you can see the yard pre-deck. The shed is on the wall you are looking at in the first picture.

I planted 3 hydrangeas down the front side of the deck. I'm trying to accommodate my husbands wishes to not use lattice under the deck. So I figure I will cover it up with pretty bushes.

This is the shed that is next to the deck. The thin bed between the walk way and the wall is all cleaned out now as well. I want to plant a climbing something, so any ideas on that are welcome. It gets full sun. The little tree was a pecan but i had my hubby rip it out, because i didn't want root problems that close to the house. I just planted a "Loropetalum" but i didn't pay attention to how big it was before i planted so i have a feeling it's 15 ft size will definitely outgrow that little space. I know "DUH"

These two pictures are of the tulip poplar bed before and after. Yes thats the same tree between the small shed and the swing. I planted hostas, ferns and just recently a bunch of bulbs. I have more ferns to plant. But I am holding off to see what it looks like next spring once the hostas and ferns fill out, and the bulbs come in.

We are working on the lawn to get rid of weeds and fill in all the blank spots. But i have a great vision.
HOpe you all enjoy my story, and if you have any suggestions, please throw them out.
My next blog will be picks of the deck now and from different angles.

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Where I am so far.

Category: My journey into Gardening | Posted: Sun Oct 21, 2007 8:03 pm

Ok, so let me start by saying I live in Auburn, AL just to give you an idea of my gardening challenges, also I just got married back in May and I moved into my husbands house that he shared with his previous wife. She must not of been much for gardening because I pretty much have a blank slate. This is my first house where I can do as I please. I am focusing my attention on the back yard which is where we find ourselves spending all of our time. We have 2 big trees a tulip poplar and some sort of maple, not the kind I was used to in Virginia, growing up. But I digress, due to the shade under the tree there was no grass and the yard slopes down toward the back left corner. So there was a lot of bare roots and just dirt. My husband wanted a new shed and we both thought a deck would be nice. So we built a 14X20 ft shed onto the back of the house and a 28 ft octoganal deck around the Maple tree. We now have a wonderful place to relax, have fun and entertain.
While I enjoy gardening so I can reap the benefits of the scenery, I am not one for spending lots of time with upkeep, and neither is my husband. I am trying to fill the yard with plants that are relatively self sufficient. I love hostas and hydrangeas. Hydrangeas are my favorite plant of all time, and I love taking care of them, pruning them and talking to them. I'm aiming at having a yard full of many different varieties. Behind the deck is a big blank area where there is/was a lot of privet (I hate this stuff). There is nothing there because there was no light. My husband told me there used to be grass back there but since the tree grew bigger and the privet grew up it died off. So for years there has been leaves and a few weeds. We recently cut back all the privet, but still have to cut the stumps and try and halt their growth (please wish me luck). So now the sun comes in more, but its mainly filtered all day long. I hope this will be ok for the hydrangeas, I don't see why not, I read an article about a woman who had them naturalized behind her house on a hill side with lots of trees, she said they got filtered light all day and they seemed to be working well for her. I was torn on rather the ground would be rich, due to all the leaves that have been decaying for years or hard clay like the rest of the yard and Alabama. Earlier this year I tried planting a hosta and could barely break the surface. Well I finally got my hands on a hand me down tiller and had my husband get out there and chew up the ground. It seems to be nice soil that has a mix of clay and organic material. I am planning on planting Hydrangeas along the fence line, creating a path around the deck for eye appeal and to aid in pruning and plant care. I figure that whatever I plant will get plenty of natural mulch from the leaves. I would like to naturalize the area as best I can. I figure close plantings, and letting the leaves fill in the gaps to keep weeds from taking over.
I have already planted three hydrangeas along the front side of the deck
I have also put in a bed around the Tulip Poplar, I edged a 10 foot circle around the tree with large stones and I planted hostas, ferns and I just planted bulbs for the spring. I am hoping to plant more hostas and ferns in the spring.
We are planning on planting monkey grass (the clumping kind) by the side of the shed to cover the gap between the shed floor and the ground.
I like the idea of different varieties of the same plant. Different types of ferns, hostas, hydrangeas, etc.. So thats where I am so far. I will keep you updated as my yard progresses. I have many ideas, some I have executed others I found I could not do because of certain limitations. My husband has some ideas I don't exactly like but I'm tying to incorporate his style into the yard as well.
Well thanks for listening to my rants.

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