Yesterday was our first day of school for the 2012-13 homeschool year. While I had planned a usual day of lessons and such, that's not quite the way it turned out. You see, a few days after we returned from our camping trip, the children became ill with gastroenteritis. As it turns out, it was the adults' turn to have fun with the pain, nausea and other oh-so-pleasant symptoms over the weekend. That's right. The weekend before homeschool was to resume full force. I went to bed Sunday night but didn't get up early Monday morning. I guess I just needed to recover.
It just so happens that it's time for the 2nd Annual HSV Garden Challenge! So what I did yesterday, in lieu of formal lessons, was bring the children out of doors to plan our garden. I started my gardening at the beginning of February, as I always do. But there is much to be done. This yard is not the most... well....ok the yard needs work. We moved into this home June of 2011.
Today's entry into this garden challenge, as dictated by HSV, is to lay out our plans. So here we go...
|The west side of our house. I've begun with some Mexican Petunias, |
Sunflowers and Zinnias. I do plan to dig out and create actual flowerbeds soon.
|This is our Azalea. It blooms in March and October here in |
It looks rather pathetic at the moment.
|Our Azalea just a few short weeks ago.|
|Morning Glory vines will climb this trellis|
|The back (south side) of the house.|
|This weed-covered ground once grew Gladiolas. |
Sadly, my lawn guy cut them down with a weed-eater last summer.
I plan to dig around to see if I can locate the bulbs, clear out the area and re-grow them.
|In the center, we have this. I'm not sure what type of tree it is|
but the landlord keeps having it cut down. Recently, it began turning brown.
I suspect he sprayed a poison on it.
|Frankly, I thought it was lovely and would|
like to know what it is. I've not been able to identify it.
|I've planted some Sunflowers and Zinnias here but plan to |
grow more things as I get the weeds out. Since this is the sunny side,
I think I'll be planting some Lavender somewhere along the back of the house.
|The east side of the house. Of course, the sun rises over here|
but it's shaded most of the day. I've not decided what to plant.
There is much to be done. Lots of weeds and a palm tree stump to contend with first.
|And now the north side.. my front yard. In this bed|
I already have some things planted from last year like Arabian Jasmine,
Plumbago and a rose bush. But there's much room left for flowers once I do
|The Arabian Jasmine is blooming|
|..and so is the Plumbago|
|..but not the rose just yet.|
|As this area has been laid with concrete slabs, I've decided to create a container garden here.|
|I need to identify the cactus and the plant behind it.|
|I'm certain this is some sort of Bromeliad. We found them growing in the woods |
to the east of my yard and planted some here in the shade. Yesterday, we planted some red and
white impatiens in this flower bed, too.
|The driveway (Lorelai made a heart-shaped.. pool?.. in the driveway with her BFF the other day.|
|Front yard (north side)|
|Side yard (east)|
|Our fire pit|
|Back yard (south)|