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Monday, April 27, 2020

Around the Yard


I mainly want to post this so I can have a good idea of the "before" of our yard and landscaping. I have planted a ton of plants but they are all so small and sparsely located that it really hasn't made a big impact yet, at least in the backyward. 


I have ample planting dreams that arise from watching many, many British and Irish gardening shows.


This sunny area near the house will be for raised bed gardening. I am going to try and repurpose our two box springs into raised beds. 


Orange County Extension gives away two free trees once every other month and I scooped up two slash pines and they are doing well. 


We hope to put a chicken coop near that Norfolk Island Pine by the shed in the background. 



My dream is to do big meandering beds around these large oak trees: camellias, azaleas, pretty much any shade loving plant.


These old rotting piles of logs will hopefully be a nursery to some edible mushrooms in the future.



The previous owners built an open tree house that I use as a hammocked reading spot. I am trying to grow jasmine and wisteria and passion flower up the beams. 


I have a lot of work to do in some of the beds but they are coming along. I love the two cacti that were here when we moved it. Hopefully they will stick around.


I tore out a whole row of scraggly looking loropetalum and put in canna lilies. I might add some more butterfly attracting flowers there too. It's a work in progress.


Our lawn grass is not really there. It is more of a mixture of about 20 "weeds". But I don't really consider them weeds at all. We are trying to get away from the urban monoculture of lawns and allow a diverse population of plants to grow, hopefully more native than not. As long as it is mostly green I am happy. 


I've had fun trimming the lemongrass and making tea. I also have rue, thyme, oregano, tulsi basil and rosemary in that pot. I hope to grow a wide variety of herbs and medicinal plants in the future. 


The butterflies and bees love this porter weed. It might be one of my favorite things I have planted so far. Its antenna like wavy stalks of tiny purple flowers looks neat. 


I have my rosemary by the door to greet friends and patches of lavender too. Is there any plant you consider a "must" for a garden or home to have? 

4 comments:

  1. Love all those trees and the reading spot! Rosemary and lavender grow really well here--great for pinching off a few sprigs for cooking and attracting the bees. I also love watching roses bloom and still have one of my mom's potted Disney roses that she had to leave behind when she moved to Orlando.

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    1. Thanks! The trees are cherished by me for sure. I think Adam could do without them but I will be fighting for them as long as I live here. I am falling in love with rosemary and lavender for sure! I struggled with growing lavender from seed here (they say it is too humid) but I finally caved and bought full grown plants and they seem to have a better fighting chance. :-) I made some lavender tea a couple days ago. You are right, the butterflies love it! Roses!!! Yes!!! I am going to try my hand at those this summer. I have never heard of a Disney rose. How cool.

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  2. Your property is so beautiful and dreamy! It must feel so wonderful to be in that space. <3
    I love all the landscaping and planting you've done thus far.
    I love all your ideas for the future, especially the hopeful mushroom area! (I hope to grow mushrooms here, too). ;)

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    1. Thank you, April! I feel very happy to have some ground to stretch out on and plant inside of.

      Here's to us in our gardening and mushroom growing dreams! (Herb gardens too!!!)

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