We've spent a couple weekends now working in the garden, and while it still has a long way to go, we've made some major improvements. I don't think a garden is ever "done" the way a room can be done, so we'll just call this progress. For a little comparison, let's check out some before shots. Warning: grab your smelling salts.
This shot was taken a few weeks ago. The green spots in the yard are almost entirely weeds. The brown patches are our failed attempts at growing grass last year. The brick house is our neighbor's, as are the awful wires running alongside it. Our neighbors rent so it's not their fault. I've considered getting in touch with the landlord to do something about the wires, but I can't imagine it would be a priority for them. I'm also envisioning a Curb Your Enthusiasm situation.
In the weeks since that shot was taken, we've weeded (that alone took up an entire weekend), and planted and actually watered grass seed. So far, so good. I also pulled up the day lilies and other bulbs that were planted in the beds along the side of our neighbor's house. Part of me hated pulling up perfectly fine plants, but the truth is that they were starting to look a bit junky, and I wanted plants with enough height to hide the wires. Whatever we planted needed to be OK with some shade, so we put in gardenia bushes along the fence, and hydrangeas along the side by the wires. If all goes well (and that's a big if with my gardening track record), those hydrangeas should get nice and tall and cover the wires.
Do you have outdoor spaces? What are your plans for them this spring and summer? And is your thumb green or black?