Sunday, April 02, 2017

yard report



we have made some changes in the front since we moved in. there were no flowers. there was no rock border at the sidewalk. it was all like the part to the left of the flowers. the big rocks we used for the border were scattered among the smaller rocks. the fence had no gaps. that hardly mattered when there was only grass inside it.




now we have a gate. made from the fence boards we removed. robin promises that she will paint flowers and a sun on the gate. the broadleaf plant is a harikiki, native to new zealand. the previous owners left it and the owl.




this is before





no grass now. no lawncare. and the flowers inside will now get morning sun. some have flower buds.





the roses, also a legacy, are doing well after severe pruning.





well poop. some turf left. the greens in the boxes all overwintered. that's new lettuce  in the closest box.





the white lattice is for new peas in their new location. there are two pea plants that overwintered struggling to survive behind the older funky yet somehow pleasing lattice.






this is what it looked like when we started. they didn't leave the cat.





this area needs some work.




before pg&e reclaimed their right-of-way by removing seven feet of our deck.

14 comments:

  1. Glad to see you are getting there, takes time though but looks nice in the end

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    1. thanks. it does seem never-ending. i guess that's the nature of gardening

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  2. Your yard looks wonderful. Living here in eastern Canada I can't imagine overwintering greens. They sure wouldn't last here.
    Thanks for sharing the progress of your yard.

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    1. it is nice to live by the ocean with its moderating effect.

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  3. It looks nice. Your house seems quite charming.

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    1. it is a nice house on a dead end street. reminds us a bit of san jose, where there are a thousand streets like this. but in arcata there is really only the one of this vintage.

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  4. I'm pretty sure you wouldn't be happy unless you were gardening and then enjoying the visual and gustatory results of your labors.
    Looks good (especially the fresh lettuce!)

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    1. i don't do exercise for its own sake so i do a lot of digging and carrying and more digging and weeding. endorphins and fresh greens.

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  5. Wow! Looks good. Love the gaps in the fencing. Open space. Everything sparkling and alive in that clear light which speaks coastal Humboldt County during its sunny stretches. Thanks for writing!

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  6. welcome. thanks for reading. it does all sparkle in the sunlight. and we get enough gray skies to really appreciate sunshine.

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  7. Gardening is always work in progress. Looks splendid.
    Paint the fence, looking forward to this!

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    1. Sabine-- I plan to paint that gate as soon as I can figure out how to paint a sun and some flowers on it. I have an idea, just not sure how to execute it, especially because I have never painted anything artfully in my life! I am inspired though.

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  8. It all has a rustic look that is very appealing. You guys have done a really nice job.

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    1. Pat-- Thanks so much for that. It is work in progress and labor of love!

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