Operation Fix My Yard is currently underway, but it’s being held up by the extremely uncooperative weather.
Our yard is, for lack of a better word, ugly. Well, not the whole thing, but pretty hefty portions of it. The area around the cemetery is in pretty good shape, although it’s dotted with stumps from trees that were cut down by previous owners (makes mowing even more difficult than just dodging graves and headstones). There are even some daffodils growing in good spots that brighten that part of the yard. But most of the rest of it is in poor shape.
We can’t really do anything about the grass right now, since the best time to re-seed is in the fall, but I can tackle the landscaping around the front of the house. Here’s what it looks like now:
Obviously it needs a great deal of work. Those funky shrubs are coming out; we might transplant them over by our storage building, but I haven’t decided on that. There’s also what looks like a mum down by the corner of the house that’s got to go. In their places, we’re putting in lots of flowering plants in shades of white and purple, along with some herbs for color and scent.
Thyme makes a nice green ground cover, so I’m starting with it closest to the driveway. Follow it up with white, lavender and purple pansies, then some more thyme. We were going to then plant some Johnny Jump Up, a lovely deep purple and yellow, but my mom commented that the stuff spreads like dandelions, so we might re-think that. Miss Saigon Dutch Irises, white calla lilies, lavender, and delphiniums in shades of white and purple. With more thyme and maybe some rosemary to fill in where needed along the ground.
The other side of the driveway looks like this:
That bush is coming up, as are the daffodils that apparently cropped up behind it. The daffodils are definitely going to get transplanted, though, even if it’s just to the other side of the porch. In the little brown bush’s place, we’re putting in an Oregold hybrid tea rose bush.
We’ve also got a packet of Chinese lantern seeds. These pop up in awesome green bushes with great, bright red paper lantern-esque pods that hang down. I might plant those down by the willow tree or to each side of the driveway for a splash of color: