|there is a house behind there somewhere…|
|front porch looking into the front yard.|
|entrance sidewalk to front door|
It was a pretty “jungle” but definitely needed to be brought under control for this newbie homeowners and self-proclaimed beginner gardeners.
|One delightful, if not a little overwhelming, gift in the garden is this fig tree that envelopes the right side of the front door sidewalk.|
Looking out into their cute little courtyard…. oh, wait, you can’t see their cute little courtyard because this rosemary willow has totally taken over the back staircase and sitting area.
|This sitting area is completely shadowed by the fast growing rosemary willow.|
So the weekend after #2 son and daughter-in-love moved in, hubby and I flew up there to help tame the garden and give a little guidance in landscape maintenance. First step for these former apartment dwellers was to get the right tools. Here’s our stash from Lowes, full of Corona Tools – bypass pruners, hand pruners, folding hand saw, shears. Good tools take an overwhelming task and makes it manageable.
|These Womanswork nitrile gloves are a must for anytime I get out to garden.|
|I’m not at all squirmish about getting my hands dirty but I do love that I can pull off these very dirty gloves after a morning of work and still have clean hands!|
|With just a small strip of grass in the front of his home and a small empty lot to the side, Robert son can quickly and QUIETLY mow with his Fiskar StaySharp Reel Mower. I had been able to see of one these mowers in action at a Garden Writer’s event and helped direct Robert to the right mower to fit his needs.|
|Well-made Pastry Alliance provided some delicious and affordable breakfast food before we began our task – they were an easy morning’s walk to get our pre-gardening stretch in.|
Plus, they had some cute window boxes complete with strawberry vines – fruit with our pastries!
The front garden was overrun with Monarda (Bee balm) so I began by thinning this out. In the process, we found this cute little garden art.
|We also found this Alstromeria|
|We used our Corona garden shears to cut back the Musa (Banana Trees) before we dug them up and moved them to the side of the house.|
|A few hours after cutting these banana trees, they are already putting out growth from the middle of the trunk!|
|Lady was so wanting to help!|
|There were plenty of distractions!|
I think my pruning job sent the young couple into a little shock. I call this tough love – (but they are thanking me now.)
So then I stared in the courtyard. There were some real treasures that would await them if they could just get TO the courtyard like this beautiful Japanese maple
And something was lurking behind all this overgrowth
Follow the unweeded path
Eureka!! A nice like water feature with a working small fountain. We’ll work on cleaning this up later.
We discovered a raised bed with asparagus and chives
The courtyard is now accessible.
There were also some scary, but beautiful little garden helpers like these garden spiders.
Then we returned a month later….
Arrived at night and was encouraged to see the regrowth.
In the morning I found the helenium still trying to find it’s way after being overshadowed by the banana trees, but loving all the sunlight they were now getting.
The roses were flushing with new bloom
The newbie gardeners are starting to feel like they have something manageable!
And the courtyard is ready for quiet evenings or outdoor entertaining. One small step for this momma, one giant leap for the new gardeners.