A lot has changed in the backyard since last year. I planted grass, for one thing. This is the first time I have ever planted grass in my entire life. I have killed a lot of grass over the years, but NEVER planted it. Turns out it is kind of difficult to grow. Well, if you have a puppy that insists on running across it and trying to dig it up :)
The pond. The white trellis fell over a couple days ago. Well, actually it was picked up and twisted around by the wind. It was a strong wind, because that is not a light trellis.
The water lilies over wintered with the fish in the pond. They seem to be fine. I replanted them and there are many leaves already floating on the water. Soon water lilies! I also added some water lettuce, water hyacinth and parrot feather. I also added 40 Japanese trapdoor snails. There is a toad that lives in the rocks around the pond. So lots of wildlife in/around the pond. I wonder what happened to all the salamanders and frogs I added to the pond last fall?
Only 6 garden beds. I took out 7 beds. I wanted to cut back, because it seems like - yes I can grow a ton of food in my backyard - but why am I doing it? A lot of stuff went to waste last year, because I didn't have enough time to care for everything. I want to have a garden that is productive and looks good too.
View from the porch of the grass.
I'm really happy with the changes that I made. It's pretty and now I have more time to enjoy it, instead of only having time to take care of it.
Can't remember what the garden looked like last year? Neither could I :)
Click on the links below if you want to see the yard last year.
May 2010 - easiest on this post to see the difference between this year and last year