Thursday, October 17, 2019

Fall is Here!

It's not just a clever name. There are so many leaves in our yard right now. I hope we have another couple dry days so we can clean up the yard. As the outdoor season draws to a close, I thought it would be fun to look back at the progress we made in the yard this summer.

In May/June, Jeff planted the parking strip.
This is how it looked when initially planted
This is how it looks today. The plants that lived seem really happy.
In August, Jeff remodeled the backyard rain garden.
This is how the rain garden looked with the huge thimbleberry plants.
Here it is today. The thimbleberry still pops up once in a while, but we'll keep after it.
We also managed to clean up and plant the bed beneath the black walnut tree.
This is how the area looked in Aug. What a mess.
Planted with two small paw paw trees and quite a few shade-loving perennials (mostly hosta
and ferns). Hopefully, they have time to get established enough to survive the winter.
In September, we put in the Hidden Garden behind the garage. 
Here it is in late-May, after 8 hours of clearing out the shoulder-high weeds/blackberries,.
This is the Hidden Garden a few days ago. Right now, it's buried in so many leaves, it's hard to see where the plants are. We're going to have to get out there and rake up the leaves or our new plants will get smothered over the winter.
And, of course, we finished painting the shed. FINALLY. When the ground dries enough for me to feel safe crawling up on a ladder out there, I'll remove the masking tape.
I hope to continue our good momentum this winter. I'd like us to work on garage organization, as well as a few small salvage wood building projects, especially building stairs for the shed.


  1. Wow! That's a lot of improvements in one season! Congratulations on all of your accomplishments.
    I think you should have a cup of hot cocoa to celebrate!

    1. Yes, after so many years of no progress, I'm pleased with what we've finished this year. Here's to hoping the momentum carries through the winter as well. :)