Who can believe that even more months and calendar pages have disappeared? My last post was in October 2016! But jumping right into the past few weeks for an update, I decided to battle the voles and moles in the front yard because it has sunshine for some sun-loving plants. The back yard is mostly shade and well-established with shady perennials.
To dress up the plain front of the house we now have a simple decorative picket fence with a gate.
It's about a foot away from a ground level deck and gives the feeling of a porch. Neighbors have stopped by to admire and approve. I'm glad. I removed some sod, turned earth, added compost and manure and have begun to plant. My next door neighbor shared daisies, iris, lilies and rudbeckia. I transplanted hollyhock, hosta and astilbe. I planted marigolds beside pole green beans hoping to keep bunny away. Bachelor button seeds sprouted almost before I could turn around.
Here we are within the city limits and before the earth could settle there were fresh deer tracks across the garden space! I've never seen a deer here. There are houses everywhere and traffic and people and bikes. Yet the deer is checking out my garden! Stay tuned.