While I’m enjoying a little downtime until I build some stories of the tropical variety, here’s a little update on my yard, based on a reader’s request!
Not long ago, someone asked me how the ‘no flowerbed’ backyard was going, and what did it look like now with the grass grown back in?
At the time, I had just had the lawn thatched, so it wouldn’t have made a very nice shoot!
Now that the grass has had a little chance to come back, here’s an update. And how I REALLY feel about the yard with no flowerbeds in sight now that I’ve had a run at actually living it.
You can read the other posts to catch up to this story HERE
To mini recap, last summer I had all my flowerbeds removed out of the backyard because I just couldn’t keep up with everything.
And I didn’t desire to hire out more help than I already was. This summer alone, I’ve got the lawn thatched, and soil / flower bed edges recut and some pruning done. Then in the fall, all the hedges and some trees will also be trimmed yet again.
Not to mention all the work that the outside of the house needs… egads. However we’ll chat about that in another post. It’s a BIG topic I’d love your opinion on.
Anyway, the above shot is the shed corner of the yard as it looks today.
That’s a grapevine growing along the fence that continues over the shed.
And here is the left side of the yard.
Trees, lawn and a honeysuckle vine… that flowers! Whadda bonus.
In spring, there were lots of groupings of snowdrops popping through where the old flowerbeds use to be. I had forgotten there were buried bulbs and honestly, it was pretty, like walking through forest grounds.
In the hydrangea corner of the yard, the lawn came in really well along the fence.
HERE is what the before looked like. It’s come a LONG way.
I still have not yet hung a thing on the reclaimed wood fence I built in THIS post.
However, the right thing will eventually hit me.
You may also remember the post about how I prune my hydrangeas to get the most blooms HERE.
I don’t generally prune out all the old dead wood, so this session was a big one.
And luckily, the hydrangea somewhat forgave me and is already putting on one pretty show, even though it’s still considered early on the west coast.
I’m just so grateful for that hydrangea bush. It truly saves the day flower-wise in the backyard.
Aren’t they pretty?! We haven’t had a ton of super hot weather yet. Later in the summer the edges of the petals tend to burn.
However right now, everything is fresh and vibrant and so brand new looking! And still working on blooming.
I’m looking forward to seeing it in its full glory soon!
So… every summer I tend to do something new with the shed.
This year I even downscaled that!
I was about to do something totally different, so proceeded to remove the sawhorse potting bench by starting with the top planks.
You can see last summer’s potting bench version HERE
After pressure washing everything, I placed the pots on the sawhorses so I could mow the lawn, and fell in love with the look as is!
I like the open look of the flowerbed and the sawhorses seem to have jobs, with one holding up pots and the other organizing tools, so they stayed.
Without a flower in sight! While flowers would enhance, I think it looks nice as is as well. And doesn’t require any watering.
The crazy-train grapevine and trees seem to fill in the blanks. Literally. 🙂
I could trim the grapevines, but they sure produce a ton of grapes, so why not enjoy it?
I left the Potting Shed shutters intact, which are aging gracefully.
The shutters use to be an old rake sign HERE
As for how I’m enjoying less flowerbeds and more green?
At first I went through withdrawl. It felt bare and empty giving me no real reason to linger in the yard to tinker around.
However as the grass slowly filled in, I spent more time on the front yard where there are still flowerbeds, so I applied my efforts there instead. Plus, with less fuss in the backyard, I had WAY more time to do other things, feeling like I’m actually keeping up with things, not making a mad dash off the yard to avoid the horrors of unkept beds and such. (I did this frequently!)
Today, I’m quite enjoying a quick mow then trim to be all the back yard needs! It’s so easy to care for and honestly looks so neat and tidy, I don’t miss the extra fluff!
I am debating on adding more forest-like plantings, such as ferns, stumps, etc. inspired by my forest bike rides. I think that would help soften edges without a ton of labour. I hope…
It’s funny. When I was chatting with my pet sitter, she asked me if there was anything in the yard to water. I smiled ear to ear with a big fat, “Nope!” Such freedom with that statement I tell ya…
While the yard is far from perfect, I have honestly been enjoying less effort required to maintain my home AND yard. This has been such a long journey that is starting to pay off. One day I hope to walk through my place and KNOW there isn’t’ anything more I need to gut and clean!
If you are also struggling to keep up, perhaps a few less beds and a little more lawn could offer you also a sense of calm…
How are you managing with your yard? Still going strong with lots or are you also scaling back abit? Do you think you could live with a yard ‘this simple?’
Read all the instalments to this series HERE