This month in the yard: June

I am adding a new series to the blog so I can keep a record of our ongoing changes and remember what blooms when. So, here’s our first installment of “This month in the yard…”


The latest excitement in the back yard is that my parents gave us one of their patio table sets which prompted me to buy an outdoor rug (love chevrons) and some new cushions in my favorite color… brown! We also added a Dynamite Crepe Myrtle as part of a long-term effort to create more of an enclosed courtyard feel on this patio.



I was wandering through the yard taking pictures when I stumbled on Michael working. Bryan had him installing bird netting around the blueberry bushes. Michael is pretty handy with basic tools for a little guy who just finished kindergarten. I’m proud of him.



Since the back patio is now designated as a space for grilling/eating and blueberry farming, the side yard is even more ‘officially’ a place to play. I moved our patio furniture to the side patio. We’re still planning to add a porch or pergola (when?!) and a side entry into the house. I planted several new flowers and shrubs this Spring, including angel trumpets from cuttings my father-in-law nurtured over the winter in his garage.



My lemongrass is growing!

This is one the little redbud trees my father-in-law dug up on his property in Tennessee and brought us a few summers ago. It’s hanging in there but greens up after every other redbud in town blooms in the Spring. It’s weird.


In the front yard, we have some new trees to replace the pin oaks that died. We planted more Japanese maples and another flowing cherry plus I added quite a few perennials including Cana Lillies, Asiatic Lillies, Lantana and Stella D’Oro Day Lillies. I also created a new bed at the front corner of the house to makeover the disasterous Pampas grass area we removed.


I moved my favorite little Japanese Maple – the one I nursed back to life from the “Home Depot Sick Bay” – over to this spot and have nearly killed it by accident. I’ve learned you cannot use fertilizers of any kind near a Japanese Maple. Yikes! I’m digging it up in the morning to move to a non-fertilized spot with fingers crossed it can be saved… again. Do trees have 9 lives like cats?!? So bummed!


Some annuals to bring quick color to the new flowerbed…


Dizzy wakes up irritated with the universe. Can you tell? haha


My new Cana Lillies are blooming! Very exciting!

OK, that’s our first installment! I will do this again around the first of July.


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