I have some new readers (welcome!), so I'll briefly describe the home and garden situation here. I was ever so lucky to be able to buy my home, "Dog End", back in 1997. It is a vintage 1949 house and it is all of 630 square feet with two small outbuildings and a carport, so I was a Tiny Home aficionado before the Tiny House movement!
I did not, however, have a Tiny Yard -- the lot size is 5000sf, and if you deduct the house, driveway and carport, and the two little outbuildings, you have over 3500sf of yard left. When I bought Dog End, the yard was all grass. There was a Douglas Fir and a Western Cedar (still here!), and a decaying cypress (gone) but otherwise, just lawn. I soon discovered that I hated mowing grass.
So I got to work taking out the lawn and replacing it with shrubs, flowers, and paving stone pathways. It took a long, long time, and it is definitely still a work in progress as I love to experiment with new ideas. As the growing season moves along here, I shall post periodic updates.
This is from last year around this time:
I have a nicer lawn chair now.
This time of year, the garden sprouts bluebells and forget-me-nots -- they are "weeds" (in that I never planted them) though I like them and rarely yank them out unless they're too close to the roses.
This was taken last Sunday:
I am very fond of garden statuary -- last time I counted, there were 35 stone critters out there.
I also have random Bleeding Heart plants that I didn't plant, either. I love volunteers!
I added a conch shell to the beach scene area:
I'm contemplating sticking a 3-1/2 foot tall lighthouse behind the pelican statues. Meanwhile, over at the new arbor, a Steller's Jay found a good perch:
While weeding this weekend, I discovered another plant I never planted (this happens a lot -- though I do actually plant a lot of things myself, honest!). I have no idea what this is but it's quite lovely, and very tiny -- about one inch high. I nearly missed it entirely:
Tomorrow and Sunday is the annual Florabundance plant sale sponsored by the Arboretum and held at Magnuson Park's Building 30. Get there early!