Even the entrance to the potager which took a hard hit this past winter will soon bloom with purple iris and English lavender.
The “surprise me” squares in the plan above are saved for overplanted seedlings our friend with a monster-sized garden shares with us. We never really know what to expect – onions, peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, etc.
We can’t wait to harvest the first crop which will probably be radishes and radish greens.
Here is a layout of our property known as The Glade. (Double click the picture to enlarge and read labels.)
The whole thing is about two-thirds of an acre. The house sits towards the front and the rest is garden, grass or woods. Note the desperate need of landscaping from the street view which used to be hidden by a fence.
In the spring the trees and azaleas bloom profusely followed closely by iris and day lilies.
Looking at the house from the east side yard are some bushes, trees and groundcover that will be removed or repositioned after the renovation.
I have a lilac bush which is green and lush but only puts out a few blossoms. The daffodils and primroses are almost gone.
In addition to the house the stationary structures include Glade Cottage.
The Wee Little House (shed)
and the Woodshed.
Sort of semi-permanent are the vegetable garden
and the compost bins.
In a couple of weeks we’ll add a rain barrel to that list. In the photo below you can easily see the shed but the compost bins are hidden under the trees.
Looking back toward the house is the eyesore of our heating oil tank which really needs some camouflage. I have always meant to at least paint it to match the house but only got as far as the primer coat which looks like rust. Ugh. This view is from deep in the back yard.
Back in the west side yard we’re working on a shade perennial garden. This is the part of the property you see as you approach the house from the street.
And another view.
And that is the comprehensive tour of outside of The Glade. We are really set in a clearing in the woods which, I believe, is the very definition of “glade”. Thanks for taking the tour.
Have you appreciated your yard lately? Share a few photos, it’s lovlier than you remember.
Charlie has already started getting the garden ready for planting. He follows the principals of Square Foot Gardening set forth by Mel Bartholomew. This year Charlie finally has a full area of fifteen 4 foot by 4 foot squares. He built these squares from old fencing that we snagged for free one day while driving down the road. A former neighbor was having a new fence installed and the installer was happy for someone to take the old fence off his hands. So we took it apart and hauled it home. This is the last of it.
Charlie tops off the squares each year with the rich compost he nurtures in the compost heap.
The garden is really Charlie’s baby but he tries to grow the things to please his family and friends. I know on the list this year are Sun Gold (cherry) tomatoes, haricots verts and cukes. The green plants in the foreground of the above shot are leeks still growing from last summer. In the black pots are seedlings of Japanese red maple trees. Can’t wait until the garden starts yielding. We’ ll have an update on planting and tending the garden later in the season. Here is a look at a past garden (much smaller back then) just to get you excited.