A plethora of life has happened. This is where my yard is at this point in time. It’s a huge yard with a very small garden area on a rocky, windy slope with a great view of Mt. Washington and the Olympic Mts. Feral domestic bunnies have a propensity for eating phlox, black eyed Susan’s and flowers in general, so filling in my front bed has been met with challenges including rocky gravel glacial till soil. I don’t use a shovel, I use a matlock, both hand held and large one with a pickax on one side. What has amazed me is how fast nature includes organic matter into the earth. I read that you don’t build up the soil. It’s the soil that incorporates the mulch pulling organic matter into it. I have found this to be amazingly true. a small taste of the front yard that has a smattering of color. Here I am going down one of the two paths I needed to create for easier access to the lower yard, and clearing the hillside of weeds. Pictured from the lower yard. Blueberry bushes draped in netting because birds like them as much as me. Hostas were transplanted from the other home in the spring. The rocks were hauled from around the yard to help create transitional paths along the bottom of the hill and create beds on the sloping landscape. Latest formation of a bed. Am thinking raspberries?? The second stairway and a second path both lead to the deck, up the hill. One of two small raised beds is the white metal container for a few veggies, if the deer don’t eat them. Potted plants were my initial success, but with hot summer weather have become a challenge to keep watered. Sitting area by walkout basement door, plants, pots, retaining wall and upper sitting areas. Cheap camping mats for foot comfort on old rough rocky cement. Upper sitting areas and wrap around bed. Some day the different varieties of clematis will cover the trellises and fencing in this area.. The dormant grassy area is a driveway that encircles the lot. I have lots of seating areas for taking breaks and enjoying the day.