Here is the right-hand side of my "Adventure Garden", so called because I purposely put in multiple pathways so my kids could run around and get into the garden. This side of the garden has had several years to mature and is looking pretty good - irises, tulips, iceland poppies and cherries are blooming right now. However...
... this is the view I rarely show! At the top left of this picture is where there used to be 2 spruce trees (taken down this past winter.) I've really struggled to get anything to grow on the left side of this garden. As you can see, the *bleeping* iceland poppies (we have a love-hate relationship) have taken advantage of this and seeded themselves everywhere, and the poor perennials I have put in have just never been able to thrive thanks to the shade and dryness from the spruce trees.
That is all about to change! I have put a new lilac and 3 new roses across the back of this hill, to provide a backdrop of green, and now I have a wonderful view of the back-neighbour's flowering crabapple! I am hoping over the next few seasons that the left side of this garden will start to look as good as the right. Stay tuned!
To see this garden at other times of the year, click here and scroll down.