After yesterday's epic wordy post, today is full of pictures :-)
From the very top by the gate looking down the quite steep slope.
To my left, actually to my very left are three very unsightly wheelie bins, one each for general waste, recycling and garden waste, but you really don't want to see them :-)
And to the right.
This area on the left is one of my favourites. The stunning red maple, crocosmia at the front, and a large zebra grass, still quite green. Behind them is my bay tree. Bought for us as a moving in present many years ago. It didn't look too happy in it's pot by the front door, so we took it out and planted it here. It's several feet high now and I love it.
The bay tree.
On the right is my rock garden. This is the area we completely did over recently (see here).
The little shrubs I bought are really taking hold now and are that lovely spring green. The hand rail got a coat of wood stain this week, but it was totally the wrong colour so we need to go and get some much darker stuff.
The hibiscus is covered in buds.
Down to the next level and the strawberry patch is going crazy. When we worked on the top section, we took all the strawberry plants out, dug over the bed then replanted them, spacing them out better. They seem to be really happy now.
This is the view from the bottom right, yes we do have a trampoline in the garden, which gets constant use, even from the dog.
From the bottom left looking back up the steps. The steps and the wall are not the prettiest, but we work with what we have. Hopefully all the plants and flowers draw your eyes away :-)
Now to the back, not so much prettiness or fun planting as this is more of our functional space. Although we are planning a few small changes this year.
These steps Chris built with help from his Dad to replace the dangerous concrete slopes we had. They need a coat of stain, but I haven't quite worked out how to do this with a puppy around.
Looking across the lawn to my veg patch on the small L shaped bit, with Chris' parking spot next to it. You can see we've started adding a little fenced entrance way into the veg area. Chris wants to add a gate, but I'm thinking of more of an archway that I could plant a climber of sorts.
From the far side across to our neighbours fence. I have a small bed attached to the decking but it doesn't get much sunlight so I have trouble growing things there. I plan to add some shade loving plants here.
Our veg patch is in a sorry state. I am so behind this year and have not planted a thing... there are just weeds growing.... oh and this little furry thing :-)
Hoping to get it done this weekend.
Here's just a few of the things blooming right now, or about to bloom.
1 - 3 - Alliums
4 - 6 Aquilegia
1 Bellis Daisy - these were cheap bedding plants at Aldi but they have filled out so well and I love them!
4 Really not sure what this is.. my favourite trick, buy something, plant it then forget to make a note or keep the plant details
5 Lily of the Valley
7 My peony about to burst
8 First californian poppy
9 Salix or Pink Willow tree
Hope you enjoyed the tour :-)