Sunday, July 24, 2011

Shaddy's Summer Passion

All spring and summer, I've been spending time in my yard.  These three hydrangea plants under our front window only produced ONE flower which is pictured below.  I've watered and fertilized the plants as you can see.  I guess a lack of flowers isn't uncommon here in southern Wisconsin according to K & W Greenery.

This is it!!!  It's so big I had to stake it up today or it would be lying on the ground.
My husband lures me to a chair beside his firepit on summer evenings.  It doesn't take much to get me to take a seat beside him these days. 

Visitors receive this greeting when they approach our front porch.

High humidity outside and air conditioning running inside created this artwork on my sliding glass door one early morning last week.

This berm adds life to the southeast corner of our yard.  The birch tree behind it is giving me fits as it drops yellow leaves.  This has been going on for several weeks.

That's the birch right there!!  Everyday I spend a good chunk of my time picking up the leaves it drops.  I've been watering it since I was told it is very sensitive to heat and lack of moisture.  I'm getting plenty of exercise; I'm thankful for that!! 

I added this cute little birdbath to our berm recently.  It doesn't hold much water but it sure is cute.

Isn't it grand?

This pagoda dogwood adds life to the southeast corner of our home.  If you click on the photo you'll see our little wheelbarrow full of red impatiens.

This is another view of the same corner.  As you can see, I've got the sprinkler going.  Our grass is as green as it can be thanks to my constant attention to its need for moisture.  I love the challenge of attemping to have a perfect lawn. 

This robin appreciates the water in this birdbath.  I love watching the robust splish splash when robins bathe.

In the southwest corner of our lot, this vinca vine garden used to be a sandbox.  The ladder leads to the fort overhead where I've been doing some journaling recently.  

I wish I could sit still for more than two minutes in this cozy corner.
We had pretty good luck growing grass where the septic tank repair was done.  Some areas still need work and there are tons of weeds but at least it's mostly green.

I adore our little shed which sits in the northwest corner of our lot.  That's where I go for the lawn mower on Tuesday and Friday afternoons, my designated mowing days.

This view is from the shed along the north side of our lot towards the road.

That's another birch tree.  It's just as naughty as the one in the front yard.

The rabbits have been eating the impatiens at the base of our pin oak.  I sprinkled some granules on them this afternoon.  They won't hurt animals but will repel them.  I hope it works!! 

This view is from the front corner of our house along the north side looking toward the backyard.

We're back to the front yard again.

I sat in that chair on the front porch while I composed this blog post.  We've had rain recently so I haven't had to run the sprinkler here, there and everywhere.  It's nice to have some time to share these photos with you.




Anonymous said...

You and Lon have created a lush oasis there. Beautiful!

Natasha Alexander said...

Wow, your yard is spectacular! Thanks for sharing your summer with us.

Cheryl aka Shaddy said...

BETH AND NATASHA: I appreciate your visit here and am inspired by your lovely comments. I hope your summers are everything you want them to be.

Parrot Writes said...

You have created a masterpiece yard! Thanks for taking us on a tour. I love the little areas you have created and made beautiful! I hope you are taking some well deserved time off to enjoy it all.

Cheryl aka Shaddy said...

LINDA: Thank you so much!! I can't seem to sit still for long but I'm enjoying my work. Some day perhaps I'll get brave and try planting some of the flowers you have in your garden. Unfortunately, it gets so hot here I'm afraid I'd lose many of them.

Have a great week!

Walk said...

Your work isn't in vane, beautiful yard. The burch just wants you to have something to do outside, you know how somethings just want your attention all the time. I enjoy you pic's thanks for sharing.

Cheryl aka Shaddy said...

WALK: How are you doing down there in Oklahoma? I hope you've been able to get out in your yard to putz around.

mistress maddie said...

Shaddy, now that was quite the grand tour! Now I see why your always in your beautiful grounds-so much land! It really is stunning. I'm loving the bird bath and the fire pit! I'll be right there, get the stakes and marshmallows ready!!! I just got back from two weeks at the beach, I have got to catch up here!

Gullible said...

Wow. I am really impressed. I evny your lawn. Looks really lush and healthy. As for the birches, we are having a lot of trouble with leaf rollers this summer. Hope yours are okay. I think the birch is my favorite tree.

Rob said...

Just beautiful work!

Cheryl aka Shaddy said...

MADDIE: I hope you had a great time at the beach!! Thanks for taking the tour and for your kind words. I mowed the grass this afternoon and I'm sitting on the front porch admiring it as I respond to your comment. feels good to be sitting down.

GULLY: Something's chewing on the birch leaves. Lon is going to spray them with "SEVIN" asap. The sooner the better. The lack of rain caused the yellow leaves that drop. Thanks for your words of praise--they'll keep me motivated on days when I'm not as energetic as I'd like.

ROB: Aw, you're sweet!

Anonymous said...

Looks like you stay very busy in your yard; so beautifully maintained and many interesting plantings.

"Runner Rocky"