"Get out of that sewing room and come outside!" says my husband to me.
I'll admit that sometimes I don't notice when it is a perfectly lovely evening; I'm too busy stitching. But last night was just so exquisite...so I went outside with my camera, and invite you all to take a stroll. I have not weedwhipped or gotten my garden into tip top shape for this tour...let's just have a convivial walk-through together...
Out the front door we go. That's my car, a '99 Subaru Outback which I love.
Here's a view of the entry we just came out of. As a color lover, you can imagine how much those reddish mottled bricks and 70's yellow siding has bugged me for 15 years...but I have learned to live with it...I guess. Anyway, what is that gray thing under the edge of the roof?
Some new tenants this year! This is a paper wasp nest that I think is some of the most beautiful fiber art I've ever seen. Do click on the picture to get a closer look. These guys don't bother us in the slightest, and it's been fun watching this nest grow.
You can see more of the loosely structured front border. It is an out of control version of the cottage garden aesthetic....
OOOOPS! Forgot to keep up with spraying the "Liquid Fence" and the deer hit last night. All those luscious begonia blooms and potentilla flowers nipped. Those @#$%^& deer!
Oh well, they can't get in here. They won't jump this wall, and the other side of this garden is all fenced in now. My roses are so happy.
Don't they look happy, protected by that little mesh?
This rose was here when we moved here, and I don't know the variety. I call it "Robert's Rose", because it is his favorite.
Now we're inside my perennial garden, looking down at the house.
This is another area inside my perennial garden, kind of an herb border. Herbs do so well here, they become bushes! I've got two varieties of santolina, a pink flowering sage, and a huge rosemary here.
This is the entry/exit to the perennial garden. You can see I have had to hack those odd conifers back. It is kind of goofy looking, but fun, too.
See the edge of that building, by peeking through the entry area?
That is this, the funky old greenhouse. We replaced the fiberglass walls a few years ago, but now my lobbying is going to pay off, and we are going to tear the whole thing down this summer and put up a nice one in it's place...on top of the foundation, with a deck, too! And with a real potting bench. What you see there is the old cabinet from the Scary Bathroom topped by an ancient piece of plywood that we used for a baseball backstop back in the TBall days.
It works, though!
Here's the view from the top of Robert's vegetable garden...he really wouldn't want me to photograph it until he has spiffed it up in there. And my production flower beds don't look like much...yet...give us another 4 weeks...
And finally, here is Babe. She lives in the pasture on the other side of our house. She's an old gal, retired, belongs to our neighbor. She looks rather comely in all those daisies, doesn't she? I see her everyday outside my sewing room window.
Thanks for coming along!