Flowers in the back yard

Once upon a time, not so very long ago, we had this really sad back yard. Past gardening failures had convinced me I should stay well away from everything green as I was never going to be able to keep any plant alive for any longer than perhaps a week or two. With the notable exception of weeds, of course.

Then the impossible happened. My older daughter persuaded me we should turn our drab back yard into a real garden. And so our gardening adventure began.

Being on a budget and with our Ehlers-Danlos playing up when we least needed it, our dream garden wasn’t happening overnight. In fact, we’ve still got a long way to go, but we are getting there. Little by little.

The other day I went to the garden centre again. After my latest trip to the garden centre, back in April, I still had roughly €70 left in my garden fund. And seeing that I’m still adding €10 a month to the garden fund, I grew it by another €20.

This time I only spent about €50, so I’ve still got €40 left to spend on still more plants on my next visit to the garden centre.

How do you like my selection of new plants?

backyard-plantsIt doesn’t look like much, does it? But it was all I could take with me on my Spazmobile and besides, if I buy too much at once, I won’t be able to get my new lovelies in the ground before they die.

How’s this? Hard to believe there were only pavers there a little over a year ago, eh? I really like how my back yard is coming along.

backyard1Let me show you what I did.

I planted celosia, sage and catnip in the raised bed closest to the house. Sadly, my hydrangea is not looking as good as when I first bought it, but it may still pull through. Apparently the bed didn’t get enough shade for my ferns to thrive, and they got sunburnt. Poor things. Hopefully the catnip will protect them from too much sunlight.

backyard2And did you notice the white chair? It’s the same dingy thing you saw in my previous post on the back yard. Amazing what a lick of paint can do. I wouldn’t hazard sitting on that chair though.

Now let’s have a look at the beds closest to the shed. My chives, parsley, rosemary, mint and lavender are doing rather well. The cook in me just loves our little herb garden. He also loves the enormous rhubarb plant. I can’t believe how big it’s grown!

New additions since April are the strawberries, which DD-21 got from a friend, and the grape and raspberry which I brought home from the garden centre. They need lots of sun, and this is the sunniest spot in our back yard.

backyard3On sunny days, I like to drink my morning tea sitting on the wall just in front of the grape, watching the bees that visit my chives and lavender.

I planted yet two more ivy plants along the fence (I’m still going to need one more), and added six new lavender plants to the border along the fence. Another four will complete the lavender hedge I have planned there.

backyard4A few more shrubs will complete that part of the back yard, methinks. Another lilac perhaps?

One word. Eucalyptus.

eucalyptusPretty, eh? This variety should be winter hardy, but with my gardening luck it probably won’t survive till next spring. Still, I like it. And if it doesn’t survive, I’ll just get me something else next year.

Flowers anyone? Feast your eyes on these!

Celosia and sage.

flowers-sageSuch vibrant colours!


catnipAnd wouldn’t you know? The cats are crazy about it.


chivesBoth gorgeous and tasty. The bees love the flowers, and I’m a happy guy.

Last but not least. I think I’ve got an oak growing in what once was a mini water garden. Not sure what to do with it yet. My back yard isn’t nearly large enough for an oak tree, but it seems such a waste to just throw it in the compost.

oakleafWhat do you think?


About Liam

Poet, writer, aspiring minimalist
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2 Responses to Flowers in the back yard

  1. Josh Moll says:

    Oaks become BIG, so I advise you to pull it out and trow it in the compost. But if you can’t bear it, plant it in a park 🙂 Looks good!

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    • Liam says:

      Thank you. I know, oaks become huge, and I can’t possible grow an oak to its full size in my postage stamp sized back yard. I might try to keep it in a container. It should stay small that way, but then we’re really talking bonsai, and that’s a lot of work. A park might be a good option, but I’d be worried the landscapers would pull it up and throw it away. Maybe the woods would be best?

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