April 16, 2012

We've been working in the back yard

Well, maybe not all the live-long day, but certainly enough that I now realize exactly why serious gardeners have those knee cushions. The main section we've been dealing with is a huge row of... um... a long dark grass-like plant... that we transplanted to the small flower bed in the front of our house. It was always odd in the back yard, and now it's prettying up an area that used to house three dead bushes. Win-win. However, that meant that we needed to brick in the now empty spot where those grass things used to be, which was a half-fun half-backbreaking project. Fortunately I had a couple of dedicated helpers:

We also decided to add some ground cover to that spot, picking Irish Moss after an extensive research into which type of plant we would have to maintain the least. Here is how it looks now (pretty much all the bricks in this picture are new):

Meanwhile, on other other side of the garden, greater access to the sun has meant a riot of life. Watching all these things emerge from the ground in the last two weeks has been amazing. Well done, whoever created this flower bed!

Here are some flower closeups. Bonus points to anyone who can identify anything in these pictures. I only know the hostas.


Laura said...

The large pink flower is a peonies. They're a bulb and so lovely. You can get them in lots of shades of pink, but the deep red is my favorite. And, it looks great with the pale pink.

Linda said...

I think the larger small white may be a type of vinca, with the smaller one being snow in summer??
anyway, lovely, lovely. On the peonie front, that looks like a ruffled one.

Susan said...

The white flowers are violets and the pink are peonies. So pretty!