Thursday, 10 July 2008

yard progress and summer pictures

Ever since we put in our garden, I have had a constant battle against the weeds and grass trying to work their way up to, around and into my garden beds. My walking on them just wasn't enough to keep them at bay, and since I like things to be neat and tidy, this project was an important one for me to get done this year. Here is a photo of the work at the beginning:

I'd started the edging of my path, and clearing out the weeds and the grass that seem to flourish right where I don't want them.

And here is where I am at now:
So lovely that I could sit and stare at it all day (hence my chair set up for sitting and admiring the hard work). It's not done yet - we still have down the side of the house and we are thinking of adding a top layer of some sort of small rocks but for now, this will keep the weeds away and less weeding means more playing in the garden.
And the garden is blooming and buzzing.

The amount of bees feeding in our yard is beautiful. The flowers are literally alive with them and their buzzing songs make great background music as I'm weeding.
An incredible about of blackberries on our 3 year old bushes.

If you click on the photo, it will become bigger and you can see the insane amount of blackberries coming our way. I'm visualizing blackberry jam...


sheila said...

Nice transformation, Samantha. I like neat and tidy too, even if SOME people I know refer to it by other words...

If our yard wasn't so sloping I would probably do that too, but it is and I can't.

I'm interested to see how fast the transformations in plants are compared to us here on the coast. Your plants morph much faster.

Mary-Sue said...

Absolutely stunning! I like neat and tidy paths but then English Country chaos in my flower beds! I'm working on the n&t paths but not getting very far. SO fun to see your progress! Love that you're so good at taking "before and after" photos! Never occurs to me to take photos until the after!

Anonymous said...

What a transformation! And I can't believe the abundance of blackberries!

Sheila is right! You are bounds ahead of us on the coast!

Good work!


Samantha said...

Isn't that funny! I thought the coast would be ahead of us because of all the rain you get, helping everything grow.

Chaotic definitely describes my flower beds Mary-Sue ;-) That's why I like the paths so neat.