We moved here in 2002 and for 6 years I've hated the landscape. Since I'm not an outdoors person I just kept saying .... "next year we'll do the landscape work". Then in Dec. 2007 we had a water line break which caused water to leak into our family room. The water line broke out next to the street. There's nothing like not having water over the Christmas holiday ....... yes there's nothing like it.
The broken water line was under our concrete sidewalk ..... So bright and early Dec. 31 (our 41st wedding anniversary) the plumbers were able to fit us into the schedule .... we spent the whole day together. If you're interested the whole story is further down in my blog.
So my saying "we'll do the landscape next year" ....... that year arrived 2008. I wanted to get rid of everything but DH loves those Christmas trees (as I call them) so we kept them. Our SIL, Shaun, did all the work for us .... aren't we lucky. YES.
River rock we love so he brought in 6 ton and covered everything. Did you notice how I changed the layout with that nice curve.
The we shopped for some plants and a huge pot of pre-planted flowers. We spent 3 hours planting day lily, hosta, oriental grass, creeping jenny, portulaca and some nice decorative rocks.
We had tons of Iris in the front too .... so I had Shaun move them to a little corner garden with Mickey & Minnie Mouse in the backyard. I do hope they survive.
We also have a very large fish pond in the backyard .... compliments of the former owners. It was so overgrown you couldn't see the water or fish (koi and gold fish). So DH tore out a lot of the old plantings ... now we have a nice view.
The pond has a beautiful waterfall but unfortunately it's in the shade and difficult to get a photo.
This is a Siberian iris (thanks Vicki). It grows inside the pond and returns bigger every year. I think this year we'll have to separate it after the season is over.
That's all folks .............. have a GREAT summer.