1. This week marked 6 years in our house. I was largely pregnant with Noah and couldn't do anything with out yard that was truly DEAD at the time. To prove my point, this was the picture taken the day we brought Noah home from the hospital. Look at the lawn, not my big belly.
13. The following spring, this was my only attempt at foliage.
These bushes have since died and been recycled. The two lilac bushes and the cherry tree below, along with the bricks, are in that space now. This is the only way I can feel that there has been any growth in our landscape plan.
So over the next few years, we have attempted MANY different things. Each year for my birthday (next week), my parents take me to a local greenhouse and get me some plants for our yard. Some have taken, some have not. I have reseeded our lawn twice and I swear by Scott's 4 step plan for fertilizer. If it weren't for the %^&# moles, we would be sitting pretty.
Yesterday when I was sitting in the living room folding laundry with the window open, I got a wonderful breeze with the scent of lilac blowing in. I was so happy to know that something was successful in one of my little garden beds. Here are the best and worse of my attempts.
3. Hydrangea Week 1
4. Hydrangea Week 3
5. Hydrangea Week 4
6. Hydrangea Week 6 after the transplant
7. Hydrangea week 8
I think it looks A LITTLE better than a week ago
8. New hydrangea week 3
9. Lilac bush that will hopefully still bloom...it is definitely bigger. Last year it didn't reach the top of the window frame.
10. Lilac bush that's actually blooming
11. Noah's apple blossom tree that had blossoms a week ago
12. Aaron's cherry tree that is too young to blossom
13. Scant hostas that will hopefully fill in the next decade. I have tried flowers around this tree every year for five years. The moles eat them every year. I decided to put in perennials instead and then I won't have to worry about it every year. After my birthday next week, there will be four more added.
I know this yard is certainly not glamorous, but when I look at pictures from when we moved in 6 years ago, I feel as if we have done the very best we could. I imagine we will still be in the house 50 years from now, so 50 years more of changing landscape could bring amazing things.