There are 10 vegetable beds installed now, 9 of which are active. The 10th is new and waiting for soil. The truth is that once veggies are planted every spring, I have a responsibility to be vigilant and maintain (weed as needed, hunt slugs and other pests, harvest, etc.) but they pretty much take care of themselves. There’s only so much I can do … which has freed me to focus on flowers and ground cover. To that end, we’ve been working very hard, slowly but surely (emphasis on slowly), to remove lawn and replace it with flowers and ground cover.
Front yard, lawn is slowly being replaced with various types of ground cover.
To each their own tool. I’m more of a shovel and pick kind of person. But hey, a trowel will get the job done too and it’s a much more meditative process!
Flowers are a whole new area for me and other gardeners have been wonderful, gifting me both with plants and their knowledge.
This was planted last summer as a tiny little one flower plant. It’s now fulfilling its job as a rapidly spreading ground cover whose name I am embarrassed to have forgotten. Anybody?
Here’s how the front is progressing. Would be a lot faster if we could hire a landscaper but it wouldn’t be nearly as much fun!
The hostas from Ed that I planted last year.
Beautiful fragile little flowers starting, also courtesy Ed.
First blooms of Thrift. At least first in our yard. They likely bloomed in Ed’s before.
Japanese Maple. Oh, and that’s a little guardian fairy on the left that a mysterious stranger left in our yard one dark and stormy night.
We’re also taking up lawn and planting flowers in the back alongside all the veggies.
This phlox was given to us by a gardener friend. The rocks on the right are what I had to dig up before I could plant it!
Star of Bethlehem
The blueberries I planted this spring. Ideally I would be removing the flowers so the plant could focus on settling in but I just couldn’t bear it. What can I say? It’s been a long hard winter.