Because we have not yet landscaped the house after our major renovation, the yard nearest the house is loaded with weeds.
The lush green grass was seeded in the fall of 2013, the rest of the yard is haphazard weediness.
When Charlie seeded the back lawn we should have done the entire yard.
The olive tree looks fine but the yard near the house is patchy with plantain, crabgrass, and clover.
The areas that were left undone are now covered with crabgrass.
The large American boxwood and 3 hydrangeas are staying — everything else must go.
In the east corner of the house are the only original plants from before the excavation. Due to the lovely hot weather and regular rainfall the unwanted vegetation is taking over.
I’m hoping to eventually have a hedge of hydrangea on this side of the house mainly to hide the parged foundation.
The hydrangeas had been pulled up and transplanted back to their original spots.
The blue and pale green looks so fresh.
Three Nikko blue hydrangeas are blooming again this year.
The choke cherry trees and tall weeds have taken over the children’s garden.
Our children’s garden which was created a few years ago has been overcome with the dreaded choke cherry tree — loads of saplings.
With some vigorous weed pulling the border starts to emerge.
While Charlie was mowing he took some time out to chop down (actually pull up by the roots) these cherry trees — I cannot tell a lie.
Variegated liriope edge the bed which hold daisies and day lilies.
This area already looks more civilized.
I hung a mirror on the front of the shed in which I caught reflection of Charlie clearing out the herb square.
He also stooped down to pull the unwanted weeds from an herb bed near the wee little house (our shed).
A patch of pink Joe Pye weed and yucca spears grow under a Japanese maple in the east yard.
It is a constant effort to keep things tidy in the yard but we’re trying.
Do you chop it down or pull it up by the roots?