(by The Paper Kites) 

I finally had a chance to get out in the yard a little bit last week!! Though I know that our winter was nothing compared to some of yours (like Natalie's!), it was harsh for us. Everything is blooming later than usual, and some of my plants that generally stay alive through the winter had died back to nothing. A few of them didn't come back, so I had to fill in some gaps. I moved a few things around and planted some new things. I'll try to remember to take pictures once everything has filled in, but for now, here's a bit of the front yard:

And here's the back:

I added a bit of our leftover stone to this area. It's not perfect, but it'll help keep the mulch in the bed. I plan to do something similar with the stone on the other corner of the back yard, but this is all I had time for over the weekend.

What I'm most excited about is the plant in the corner:

It's a fairly new variety of esperanza called "Orange Mahogany", and I'm really looking forward to seeing how it does! Y'all may recall my excitement over my yellow esperanza that came back from the dead. It has done well for the past few years and is showing promise this year as well. I've been wanting this orangish one since I first heard of its existence before Christmas. I have planted it in the opposite corner from the yellow one, so I can see it when I look out my kitchen door/window. I'm sure I'll post pictures for y'all if she does well!

I also got this neat Bleeding Heart vine:

I've had a hard time growing vines here, but we'll see how this one does...

I haven't mulched the rest of the back yard, and most of my plants aren't blooming back there yet. My Knock Out Roses are about the only thing that's blooming right now:

See those sticks on the right side of the picture? They're from a shrub that I thought was dead. I hacked away at it and planned on digging it up. Then I started seeing leaves all over it! It's actually quite atrocious right now, but I plan on shaping it up a bit when I get a chance. Because I can't pretend that all is perfect, here's how it looks at the moment:

How's that for keeping things real around here?! :)

What's going on in your yard? Are you growing anything pretty right now? Any garden fails (like my horrible hack job)?



Brooke said…
so pretty!! I love flowers, but don't have the patients to work on them.
so, so pretty!! i have not been able to do much yet. we just had snow over the weekend. lol but the weeds will start growing in no time, so i need to get out there soon!
Zion said…
Ooooh it looks great! Yeah, here it's just when we think it's spring winter pops back in for a visit, but May is guaranteed to be springlike! Keep up the good work on your garden, it's gorgeous.

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