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West Side Yard

 

We live on a corner, so our front yard and our west side yard both have street frontage - lots of it. It's like having two front yards sometimes. Here is what we have done in the west side yard. Click on any thumbnail to view a larger image in a pop-up window.....

 

This is an overview image of the house border garden on the west side of the house. This side of the house has the AC unit and the chimney, so we have tried to pick items that mask or draw attention away from the extras...
We have a trumpeter vine growing in our arbor bench and this was the first year it bloomed...
We also have yellow roses twining around the arbor bench in front of the brick chimney...
We planted Johnny-Jump-Up seeds along the front walk a couple of years ago. Now we have clumps of Johnny-Jump-Ups appearing all over the yard - mostly in the front along the walkway but they\'ve been working their way to other parts of the yard too. I like them a lot...
This is a closer look at the tallish flowers we used between the AC unit and the hose reel and utilities to try to draw attention away from them and to the flowers...
The West side of the house also has a Hospital Bed where we put sick or temporarily homeless trees, plants and shrubs, and behind that is a raised bed where we have lilacs and Rose of Sharon bushes and Bearded Iris...
These little annual flowers are called 'Pinks'. They are in the Carnation family...
These tomatoes aren't sick, its just that the hospital bed is such a good place for them...
At our little old house in Lexington we had a mature Rose of Sharon bush, and we both liked it a lot, so we recently planted a few little Rose of Sharon saplings in the raised bed and they're doing well. This is a flowerette bud...
...and this is a furled Rose of Sharon blossom, just ready to bloom...
...and this is an unfurled Rose of Sharon blossom. The bushes have all the flower stages at once...
Mid- to late-summer brings the daisy-like Black-Eyed Susan blossoms, with their bright yellow petals and dark button centers...
The shade of a rescued maple tree keeps the birdbath cool most of the day...
Here's a little tiny rescued pine tree under the wing of the rescued maple tree...
This Dwarf Boxwood shrub wasn't doing well out front in the pole-light garden at all, so we moved it back here and it's doing well now. It's since been moved back out front but in a different location...
This Purple Azalea is another rescued shrub we moved to the Hospital Bed. it's actually taken from some runners on one of our front yard Azaleas, and is big enough now to be moved to a permanent home...

 

 

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