Probably the most exciting thing that's happened in our yard all year is the coyote (or likely a coywolf) that ventured into our backyard on February 11. Interesting that when we lived at the edge of a small town with a large meadow across the street from us, we never saw anything like this. Nope, had to move to the city to see a coyote stroll through our yard!
We've (still!) been busy getting the house back together after the May storm, but the final touches––new guttering, deck painted, lawn furniture painted, lights and house numbers hung––are finally done and we're blessed to celebrate Christmas in a house that's in good shape inside and out. Truly a silver lining of the storm.
The lilac bush should make a nice screen for hiding the air conditioner at the side of the house.
We had inches and inches of rain in July and already this is what our early August forecast looks like! Everything is growing like CRAZY! And unfortunately, almost everything needs to be moved to a new spot. We're in a holding pattern right now, still waiting for repairs from the hailstorm we had in May. We have a sturdy new roof, but there's still a window to replace, new siding and guttering to be put on, and the deck to be power washed and painted.
Come fall, we have our work cut out for us! Almost everything in the flowerbed in the front has to be thinned out and moved. We've already moved some of the barberry bushes to a spot in front of my office window. The beautiful Japanese Magnolia is too tall and covers up everything else in the flowerbed, so it will get moved to a new spot, too.
Meanwhile, in the shade garden under the deck the roses keep blooming and filling my vases, the caladiums are lush and beautiful, and the sweet potato vine is trying to take over the world! The checkerboard patio needs to be mowed, but it's starting to look like it's been here forever. We're excited for fall when we can thin things out and start to see the flowerbeds take shape for next spring.