OK, OK, I know I’m no Jane Brocket but I kind like my little slice of garden and am pretty proud of it. When we first moved into our home, there were a LOT of gardens; seriously A LOT! Which is fine if you like to pull weeds garden, and if you are retired. But, when I moved in I was lazy pregnant with Cake and I worked full time so I informed S. Geek that although the gardens were causing me great amounts of stress because our lawn was the ONLY lawn on our block that wasn’t dandylion free beautiful, that they needed to be scaled back. The first year, we hired a landscaper to come in and dig up some gardens, take out a couple of tree stumps, and reshape our front gardens. We were also hoping to get the masonry done on the raised garden in the front but even though it’s only a few bricks it was going to cost a small fortune to fix. After that first year and all the heavy lifting was done, S. Geek and I agreed that we’d undertake one big project a year until we were satisfied. It’s really getting there, but hoooo dolly, there’s still so much to be done. So here’s a little tour of my little slice of land.
I love the weeping carragana tree, if we had the space on our property I’d love to have a weeping willow, so beautiful!
This spot is not one of my favourites, again the hosta’s and there’s another plant back there but I don’t know what it’s called but it just sort of blends in, even when it’s in bloom. So one year, I’ll dig it all up and figure out something new for there. Not this year though!
Really, I was hoping that the garden gnome would keep all the earwigs away! They are attacking my pots! After they kill this current pot I’m just going to put them away and give up. Damn earwigs!
Into the backyard, we have:
My red currants are actually nestled right in to…
If you’ve ever considered backyard composting, let me tell you it is not nearly as hard smelly as you think it is! I plan on posting the how to’s in an upcoming post so stay tuned!
So this is one area that I’ve bee working a LOT on.
The magnolia tree on the right is beautiful, especially in May when it blooms for about a week. Another snowball plant, more hosta’s and there are some daisies in there too, albeit small and a bit trampled on by little people. S. Geek and I are trying to decide what to do with the giant cedar tree to the right. You can’t even see how BIG it is in this picture, it’s at least 30 feet tall and 15 feet across. We’ve thought about taking it down but I’m pretty sure it will fall into Ottawa’s no tree cutting unless you’re a big company putting endangered turtles at risk bylaw. And besides that, the cedar does have a purpose, it hides the end of the clothes line. So, we are still trying to figure it out. Either way something will happen because although it offers privacy, it attracts mosquitoes.
And on to the works in progress…I’m running out of daylight so I better get this show on the road!
This used to house another little cedar bush, and tulips if I remember correctly. We S. Geek is taking out the dirt, and the brick and then we’ll drop down some stone dust and put new brick on top. We have a little change house to put up there since I’m sure my neighbours are tired of all the nudity happening at our house.
OK! That’s it for the light, it’s done! Sometimes getting the kids to go to bed 15 minutes earlier so that you can run outside and quickly take pictures is a good thing but maybe next time it should be 30 minutes. I realized as I was posting all of these that I have absolutely nothing with colour in it in the ground! Huh…never really noticed before. Actually wait..no, I planted some purple lilacs at the back of the yard, so in 5 years it’ll be all colourful out there for a few weeks. Good enough for me!!
Before I sign off, just a quick note on all the lovely thoughts from yesterday’s post. I don’t want all my darling readers to be thinking that I’m depressed or attention starved. I just really wanted to be HONEST with you about myself. I hate when I am reading someones blog for any length of time and there is nothing real. Like all it is, is perfect kids with a super clean house, and they spend loads of family time together and whatnot. I put a rosy glow on my life most of the time because I believe in thinking positive but I struggle too. I am weak and I am learning and striving to be someone productive and to use my voice.
Too long have a struggled to define my role in the world, but not made an effort to go out searching! So that’s what Tutus and Rainboots is, it is a path, and I am so happy that you are here with me.