Back from the Dead

Three years ago, when the neighbors put in their pool, something went awry with my yard; all the grass eventually died. After several attempts to spot treat, I went ahead and had the whole thing re-sodded in March. Finally, it’s coming back into its own.

I’m also happy with what’s going on in the front.

I stripped the deck, got a new rug, and fixed the outdoor lights. Now if I could only get rid of the mosquitos.

Mabel and Fannie are quite happy with their resurrected yard.

Fannie and Mable – Finally, grass!

March Madness

Apologies in advance for the horrible pun; I hate sports, but the sentiment seemed apropos.

This is a weird time of year.  Everything should be coming back to life, but the live oak is shedding all its dead leaves in copious waves of falling brown sheets.  It’s a losing battle.  Even the gnome is resigned.

gnomeI worked in the yard today, in the rain.  It was all by rote – muscle memory.  I had to get the sprinkler heads flagged before the aerator comes.  There is no longer any joy, though; it’s just the same.  But in the yard, as with life these days, there are the occasional bright spots – a newness I’ve been looking for.  So like the rose and the iris in the garden, I cherish the newly discovered and shared Syrah; the vibrant conversation; and the best sauerkraut and sausage I’ve ever had.

fairie rose

irisbush

Spring

Things are coming along in the garden.

 

 

clematis

My yearly clematis photo

 

east bed

The east bed – filled in and mulched

 

new fountain

A new fountain

 

northwest bed

The northwest bed

 

northwest corner

The northwest corner

 

passion vine

Passion Vine Flower

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winter

This weekend has been gray and dreary – typical Winter – but not cold enough for my liking.  In mid-December, though, it got quite cold for a few days – upper 20s.  Cold enough that most of my perennials died off.  And last week, it got down to 18 degrees for a couple of nights, killing off the rest.

I took that as my cue to start afresh in 2017.  I pulled out everything from all the beds except the major architectural plants.  I’ll start amending the soil (or at least trying – it’s probably a lost cause at this point) and hopefully replanting in April after the live oak leaf drop/pollen explosion is done with.  But here’s the current state affairs…a bit bleak.

 

back-yard

The Back Yard – 15 January 2017

 

east-bed

The East Bed – waiting for vines and ground cover

 

north-bed

The North Bed – A clean slate

 

fannie

Fannie

 

mable

Mable – a bit blurry – she never sits still

 

elm-tree

The Naked Elm Tree

 

holly-tree

The Holly Tree