As I mentioned in the spring, we had a few updates that we intended to do to our yard this summer. We made a pretty good dent in our list. I thought I would share some pics of what we did before it is all covered in snow.
We made quite a bit of progress in our play area.
The first was the shade which I shared before. We also built our climbing wall by simply affixing a sheet of wood over the fence and attaching rockwall holds in various places.
Between the climbing wall, the sandpit that we dug, and the teeter totter the boys had plenty to keep them entertained outdoors.
We also worked on our side yard where the hot tub lives. This area was a big dirt pit before.
We put in our scalloped edge of rock, but alas we did not plant any shrubs. We were not confident that our sweet doggy would not dig them up, and didn’t want to tempt her until she is a bit older and has outgrown her digging and detruction phase.
We did however plant that beautiful tree you see in the corner of the yard. It is called a Blazing Autumn Maple. We think she is pretty. Here is another picture where you can see where the hot tub is situated. Eventually I would love to turn this side yard into a pretty flower/shrub garden for me to play around with. We will just have to see how Tango (our dog) does outgrowing the digging. I hear some dogs never outgrow it! Ahhh!
In the barrel pot, Paul planted a few pepper plants. They didn’t produce much, only a few peppers. He was certainly proud of that crop though!
Speaking of crops, our garden did wonderfully this year. We planted mostly tomatoes, cucumbers and squash. We produced just enough to enjoy for our family.
Here is Paul tending our tomato bush.
Here is one area that didn’t get any attention. This weird corner has been overgrown with an Alphalpha plant, and we cannot seem to curb it. Anyone out there thinking of planting one, don’t! Nothing can coexist with this monster. Don’t know what they were thinking when they planted it, but it is quite a nuisance. Here is Mr. Nuisance with our hammock even being overgrown. We may just have to til the entire area up. Which is unfortunate because there are a few Columbine plants living under all of that Alphalpha.
We planted many things in the front yard too, but I didn’t get any pictures before it all turned brown and lifeless. I could kick myself. It will have to wait until spring. Here is what we planted though.
3 Peonies along the driveway
2 Lupines along the driveway
1 Hydrangea against the house
I did manage to get a picture of our front door we painted though! We changed it from Red to a color called Wrought Iron by Behr. It is a dark dark dark blue. I think it compliments the house and shutter color well. Ultimately I would love to repaint our house gray, but that is another post and another year away.