I haven't shared a picture of Lilly, our golden retriever, in a while and thought some of you animal lovers would enjoy this one. She loves stuffed animals, but tends to destroy them. Saturday, I found a garage sale that had a lot of stuffed animals for fifty cents each, so now Lilly has a new stash and she is very happy.
This is the side yard I have been working on, I hope to finish mulching tomorrow. I moved the grasses from the perennial butterfly garden and I really like them better here on the side. Carol, from May Dreams Gardens, had a post on large shrubs. I read that one with great interest because I'd love to have really large shrubs to block my view from this neighbor. They are guardians of a troubled teen, (14 yo), and the other day he was jumping on the trampoline while completely exposing himself. I had a little talk with him and told him if I ever saw him do that again I'd call the police. My husband had a talk with the "dad" and he seemed glad that I confronted the teen. I think they have their hands full and he said as much. The trampoline is a neighborhood hangout and you wouldn't believe the stuff that goes on while these parents are at work. Anyway a fence is not an option, so fast growing large shrubs sound really good to me, the larger the better. Actually moving to the country sounds even better, if only the housing market weren't so dismal right now.
If you look closely at the picture above, you'll see that the neighbor behind me planted a small forest in his back yard. While I personally don't care for the jungle look at all, I don't blame him for wanting to have complete backyard privacy.
Last fall I planted several small trees, two crab apple trees, one Bradford pear, (one pear was planted a few years earlier). I also planted several shrubs, two red twigged dogwoods, two burning bushes, (one died), and forsythia . With the crazy spring weather and the drought-like conditions this summer, the things I planted have been struggling to survive. Hopefully, we will have normal weather next spring and the plants will grow quickly.