Saturday, March 24, 2012

What I like about our yard vs how much work it is

Update:  Thanks for all of the kind and complimentary comments.  Those along with compliments from book club members as they arrived at my house on Thursday evening have helped me appreciate the yard we do have even more despite the upkeep challenges.

I recently wrote a post about trying to think through how to reduce the "chore generator" use of our yard and now want to give you an idea of both why that is important and also what is beautiful about the yard.  Keep in mind that I didn't include the side yard, the courtyard off of the sun porch, and the area behind the carport.  We were 15 years younger when we bought this and being naive Southern Californians just relocated to Atlanta believed the description of this as a natural and low maintenance landscape.  It is beautiful though and we enjoy looking at it.

Here's some of the front yard looking toward the side street.  

That is a sugar maple trunk.

I didn't show the part of the ground cover that is dying - just the healthy part.  That is a crape myrtle trunk

Now for the back yard.  Here is our small back patio - pardon the pollen LOL.

The small perennial bed just starting to come up.

The two water oaks that are very close to the house.  That is the carport on the left.

 Another view back towards one side of the house.

Yet more azaleas, shrubs and trees.

Part of the wooded area on our property.


  1. What a lovely garden you have. I liked our garden when we moved here 5 years ago, but have since decided that we are not gardeners as it is far too much work!:)

  2. You have a great yard! I love how you have a variety of "looks" to enjoy plus the great patio area. You have shamed me into getting outside and start getting my own gardens in shape. Did you ever take my garden tour last year? It will give you an idea of what we have--lots of trees, shade and hostas.

    1. Thanks Bliss. It is pretty - now if I could just shrink it to 1/4 the size that would be great! I'll go look for your garden tour on your blog.

  3. Your property is so pretty. I had to laugh when I read the title of your post. We live in a wooden area too, and it's currently a muddy mess.. Lots of work ahead! Enjoy your weekend!

    1. Thanks Leslie. I try to think of the yard work as exercise LOL.

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    1. Thanks so much! And thanks for commenting on my blog.

  5. I absolutely LOVE your yard! Wish mine looked like that!

    1. Thanks Sharon and be careful what you wish for LOL. It is beautiful to look at but requires a lot of our time maintaining it.


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