When we moved into our house 16 years ago it had only the most basic builder's landscaping in front, a large but plain rectangular deck in back, and a few spindly gum ball trees. Brush and poison ivy grew along the neighbor's fence at the back of our yard. As I am extremely allergic to poison ivy, I won't soon forget the hours we spent clearing it out.
Our yard is a labor of love. Many of the plants and structures trigger happy memories . I truly 'see beautiful' every time I step out of my home. I would love to share some of that beauty with you...
Step out the back door:
|This is the first flower bed we created after Ted fenced the back yard.|
The cherry tree replaced a huge tulip poplar that we had removed
due to the risk of it falling in a hurricane. (Yes, that is one of Toby's bones at the bottom of the photo!)
|Ted added a pergola to one end of the deck and a huge gazebo to the other side in time for daughter Lauren's wedding. He trained the Carolina jasmine over the top over the next several years.|
|The bushes in front of the pergola survived being crushed by a neighbor's tree during Hurricane Isabel.|
|These wax myrtles are native plants that give food and shelter to songbirds.|
|We don't use herbicides or fertilizers on our yard and are rewarded each spring with a purple carpet of violets.|
|This is where those skinny gumball trees originally lived. Now it features clover, gardenia, St. John's Wort, Easter lilies, day lilies, irises, daffodils, and azaleas. The bird house is used every year by a pair of chickadees.|
|Can you believe the size of this rosemary bush? It's been here for years now and it's still going strong!|
|I love the contrast of the dark purple plum leaves with all of the bright green.|
|Ted spent years growing and pruning these bushes to make an archway.|
|Not sure, but I think they are viburnums.|
into the front yard...
|This tree used to be a dogwood. Then it was split in a storm and we had to cut it down. The next year it threw up a shoot and spontaneously grew tall and straight with no help from us. But mysteriously, it's not a dogwood!|
|The Mystery Tree (Bradford Pear?)|
|The azaleas at the foot of the Mystery Tree are about to bloom.|
|The "Anniversary Garden". For our 25th anniversary, we built the garden as our gift to each other.|
|This incredible double plum was one of the few trees here originally. It has doubled in size, and now blooms and shelters a nest right outside our bedroom window!|
|Ovulate cone - carrying last year's seeds.|
|Staminate (male) cone - source of all that pollen.|
Happy See Beautiful Friday!
Have a beautiful weekend of seeing beauty!