Thursday, May 2, 2019

Backyard Beautiful

Greetings faithful blog readers,

Spring has sprung in our backyard, and as promised, I owed you a post on our progress.

If you've been reading this blog for a few years, you know that I once referred to landscaping the yard as "a weekend project." I think I was serious. Brendan has spent the last four years showing me just how wrong that statement was. Our yard is a never-ending project, and one that Brendan takes on the majority of the work for. I'll get out and weed and plant some, but mostly, Brendan is our landscaping man. We put in everything by ourselves (except the trees), and to appreciate the progress, please start by looking at our first backyard building posts here and here to see what we started with (seriously just dirt). Keep in mind our goals (drought resistant plants that require little water and plants that attract hummingbirds and butterflies) and our challenges (we live in a desert...it is literally 112 here all summer, and we don't want to use pesticides). If you have any questions about specific plants, please comment, and I'll make sure to get answers from Brendan.

Without further delay:

This grass is called "legacy buffalo" and we put it in plug by plug (using a drill!) three years ago. It comes in really green, stays green, almost never has to be mowed (maybe 3X a summer), and gets watered 2X a week or less in the summer.


Remember our little herb garden? Does anyone need oregano or rosemary or mint? The herb garden is a bit out of control (probably my fault, but I was a little busy last spring).


The other bed will look fuller as spring turns into summer.
 

My favorite part of spring is seeing all our flowers bloom: soon we'll have hummingbirds and butterflies.


If you want an ocotillo, learn from our mistake: you need to hardly ever water it, or it will die come winter. 


Here are some good photos showing the side-yard pre-grass. Last spring, my dad and Brendan put in grass plugs just weeks before Willa was born. The fruits of their labor:




And in the front yard, the drift roses are in full bloom (note: this was after pruning them!) 


All in all, I'm very proud of Brendan. I look back at where we started, and I can't believe how far we've come. He's built us a yard that we really enjoy in the summers, and one that is pretty to look at too. I can't wait to get our patio set up and start enjoying dinners and cribbage on the porch once summer is here in one more week. Plus, I'm excited to set up Willa's baby pool and water table in the grass. 

Happy Spring, dear readers. I hope to check in more frequently once school is out. 
<3 

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