The Yard in Mid-April

Here are some pictures to show how the yard looks now. It’s a bright sunny morning in mid-April and I’m late getting started gardening for the year.

The front beds

The front beds

Just out of sight to the left is the parking lot. I don’t have a lot of room to work with. The low brick wall at the upper left is the border between my house and the next unit.

I removed two tall nandina bushes on either side of the entrance. That led to a run-in with the condo association. They wanted to assess a fine for removing them. I convinced them that they were obstructing the entrance and offered to replace them with day lilies (Stella d’Oro). Needless to say, I don’t try changing the foundation planting any more.

Across the back of the near bed is a row of dwarf nandinas. I don’t really like nandinas, but these turn a nice red in the fall. The plant in the foreground is thyme. It has a habit of sprawling and needs to be kept cut back.

This is a shot of our backyard.

Our patio and back yard

Our patio and back yard

On the left is our patio with newly-planted pots of flowers. On the corner in the biggest pot is a poor straggly rose that has somehow hung on for many years.

It may be hard to see in this picture, but there’s a retaining wall across the back of our yard made of railroad ties. Above the wall is a number of tall bushes or trees that limit the sunlight back here.

The grass is a fairly new addition. Only in the past two years has the condo association seeded our yard – but that’s the subject of another post.

In front of the back wall are four Encore azaleas, just starting to bloom. In the middle is a hydrangea (Nikko Blue). I cut it back last year and it’s just starting to leaf out.

Behind the pots on the patio is the bed I dug out of the clay. It runs along the edge of the patio and turns a right-angle against the low retaining wall that separates our yard from our neighbors.

As you can see, it isn’t much to work with.

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