Remember that book, The Secret Garden?
I think I found one of those in our backyard.
On Wednesday we had a backyard BBQ for our friends (more on that later) so I wanted to get our yard cleaned up so there would be room for everybody.
We have a tiny yard, and most of it was at one time a garden. Nobody has weeded in years so it is now full of 10-feet high weeds and overgrown bushy and viney green things. Out here in Seattle everything grows like nothing I've ever seen so a few years of neglect equals a lot of growth.
Our new upstairs neighbors got me started on the yard cleanup idea by hacking down a huge thorny tree back there. The yard immediately looked so much better that I thought I'd work on it too. I had the foresight to take a before and after picture so I could post it on my blog and brag about it. The before picture is above. The after picture is below:Can you believe it's even the same yard? Well it is!
Not only did we have a great time at our BBQ, but I discovered all kinds of awesome things in our garden like strawberries(!), herbs and lavender. Our upstairs neighbors came out to gawk for a while and we discussed what our "yard vision" is going to be. We think it would be neat to clear out part of the garden so we can have a hammock, but now that I've discovered all this good stuff in our garden I'm kind of reluctant to get rid of it. Hrm...
Meanwhile I've been inspired and I spent some time tonight working on our front yard, which isn't quite as sorry looking but is also badly in need of attention. Now I might go explore a neighborhood nursery this weekend and see what little plants I might want to add to the empty spaces I'm creating. This yard thing is so much fun it may turn me into a gardener yet.