we spend a lot of time in the yard, i mean a lot. when zach and i went to our landscaping class in april they asked how many hours per week we spend working in our yard/garden. we guesstimated 20. but we enjoy the work and the results and try not to think of the short growing season. while the vegetable garden just went in yesterday, our front lawn and flower beds have gotten considerable attention already since the weather turned nice early.
what i love most about these garden beds are the flowers we grow that i then use as cut flowers around the house. i am particularly loving using the bleeding hear foliage as a background for other flowers. the leaves are just so sculptural.
we are also working hard this year to put in some more four season interest. we added a service berry bush that we’ll be pruning to grow more like a tree. in a couple of years when the winter is here, we’ll be able to look out and see the branches as a focal point from our large picture window.
all of these photos are from the front yard. we’ve started whipping the back yard into shape, but that space is much more our utility space, especially with three dogs and eight chickens.