I thought I would show a little of the yard at Radiance Manor. A prequel of sorts of the gardens that will come later.
I just finished mowing prior to taking these. Here is looking out the back door:
It is amazingly green around here for the end of August, can you believe it? I bet that means we will have spectacular fall color! Anyway – I brought over my friend the bowling ball as the first garden decoration 😀
This whole house has been neglected for years and the yard and garden beds were no exception. Much is overgrown. Here is the entrance to the back yard. We need to fix the gate.
I am not a fan of hostas, so I won’t be keeping these most likely. I have a friend who wants them, so hopefully they will get a new home. I might keep one and move it, but I have other ideas for this space.
This is what I call the shade bed:
What a mess! Lots of maples growing in there and some grape vines, I think. I see a lot of these, which I think are columbine? Or a weed LOL
There is Virginia creeper in there, too – that is lovely for fall color.
This part of the yard is also shady:
Those cedar will be coming out as they are way overgrown. I have lots of ideas for a shade garden in this space. You can see the outline of the old beds. If we take out these cedars, that is likely where a garden shed will go.
Then there is a large corner that gets the most sun. I guess this is the sun bed, then LOL!
I honestly don’t even know where to start here. I haven’t done much except poke around. There are these enormous weeds – these are at least 8 feet tall:
At first I panicked because I thought they were giant hogweed (which will give you severe burns if you touch it), but it isn’t. I don’t know what it is, but it’s not hogweed, thank goodness. If you want to see something scary, google hogweed burns.
There is some goldenrod:
With a ladybug! Yay! (Achoo).
There are some daylilies in this bed and tons of lily of the valley along the side of the house, too. The nicest plant right now is this hydrangea:
Aren’t those blooms gorgeous? You can see where it is in the very first picture. I have never had a hydrangea live for me. I tried growing them when we lived in Illinois and they kept dying. I don’t always have a green thumb. Hope I have better luck with this one!
It’s going to take years to get these up to snuff and I have to sort out a lot of ideas. I am getting a better idea of where the sun hits as we spend time working on the house. I can’t wait to actually get out there and start doing stuff. We just have been doing the lawn for now since the inside is the priority. The only thing I really need to do is make some spots for the plants I want to take with me. I will probably just have to dig them a spot and then move them again next year.