Business up front and party in the back.
I was trying to think of a clever title for a post about my yard, because it really is the show-stopper of my little home. The inside of my house is ADORABLE but once you get past the general cuteness, you’ll realize it’s really just a little blue and yellow box filled with matchy-matchy furniture and kept really clean. My yard, however, is a different story. It literally took my breath away when I walked into my yard for the first time on a house-hunting trip. It triggered what I can only describe as a maternal instinct – a feeling so strong my heart fell into my stomach and I knew I needed to be the person to care for this yard and watch it grow. Or maybe I was just queasy from the price tag and 30-year commitment. Whatever it was, it sucker punched me and I never looked back.
I’ll be the first to admit, I can’t take credit for the bone structure of the landscape design. It has evolved over 100 years and who knows how many owners. I will, however, take credit for it’s current haircut. And I gave it a mullet. Party on, dude.
Business up front:
The front of my yard is small and sweet. There are some nicely manicured beds with perennials and a few shrubs. Fronted by a postage stamp-sized lawn (that I struggle with every year) and a beautiful stone pathway my dad built for me two years ago. Oh, a HUGE pine tree in the corner that I worry will topple over in a windstorm and crush me to death in my sleep.
My yard has a ton of curb appeal and sweet little old ladies like to stop to talk to me about it on weekends when I drink coffee on my porch or pull dandelions from the lawn. It’s a sweet little old lady yard.
That secretly likes to rock out on air guitar behind closed doors:
My backyard is actually a little ridiculous when you break it all down. There’s a deck. There’s a porch. There’s a pergola. There’s a pond and a bridge and a waterfall and a freakin’ yellow brick road. My backyard is a secret world of Oz. I sometimes wish I never have to leave.
It’s a work in progress that I can dream about during our long, cold and dark Canadian winters. And it’s a peaceful, quiet place I can escape to during our short, cold Canadian summers. There’s definitely never enough time to enjoy it before the snow flies.
Our summer is literally only a few weeks long, and even then it sometimes snows in the middle of it. Getting any type of plant to grow can be a challenge, and finding time to sit down and enjoy the results is often even tougher. There’s always a ton of work to do, and never enough time or money to do it.
I have several projects planned for my yard this summer and can’t wait to see what actually shapes up over the next few months…I’m busy writing a list of all the things I still want to do back here:
Do you have big plans for your yard this summer? I’d love to hear about them. See you next time around.