I've never taken a picture of the house and garden from this view before, as up until last winter, there were two big spruce trees in the way and you couldn't see a thing! Now, behind this pretty and extremely sweet-smelling mock orange shrub, there is a brand new garden. Preparing and planting this garden has occupied most of my gardening time so far this season. Frankly, I think I've already used up my gardening energy for the year!
Here it is from another view. I know it doesn't look like much yet. We gardeners (at least, those of us on a budget) must learn to be patient! The shrubs I've put in are teeny but will eventually help screen the veiw of the neighbour's house. The perennials are still small so there are large spaces between them - but I always tell people that planting perennials the proper distance apart will save time and energy later on, as they won't need to be moved when they get too crowded in only a few years. Plus, of course, you save money on not buying too many plants.
I was hoping to do the patio this year as well (roughly outlined by bricks at the moment) but at this point, after all that work and all this heat, I'm not feeling like doing much of anything. Perhaps in September I'll have the energy and motivation!
Yes, I realize that putting the patio in after the plantings is the complete backwards way of doing things and I wouldn't actually recommend that to anyone else! But I wanted to get those plants in ASAP to they start growing and maturing. It's all about the plants, for me! And since I'll be doing the patio myself there won't be any big machines needing to get in here. Besides, I'm just tired of this area being such an ugly, barren space - this is what it looked like last year: