Come on over for My Summer 2015 Yard and Garden Tour
I’m inviting you to take my yard & garden tour today. I use the term garden loosely as our vegetable garden consist of an above ground garden with tomatoes and squash only. I’m more of a flower gardener. Because I love trees, I’m sharing some of my favorite trees which surround our property.
We live in rural Georgia, out in the country. We are surrounded by trees, by our design on about 2 1/2 acres. It’s 10 miles to the nearest grocery store. Along that journey, depending on which direction we go, we pass farms growing trees, wheat, cattle, corn, cotton and much more. There are peach and pecan orchards along the way. It’s true rural, country living where the sun shines bright and the crickets sing loud at night!
Daylilies in the spring are simply a magnificent show of color. A friend gave me quite a few Daylily plants so I think of him fondly each time they bloom.
Daylilies make me think of Luke 12:27; “ Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.”
I’m easily distracted so I stopped and watched this video and had some praise time!
I simply HAD to share this video from my YouTube Channel of the song “Conside The Lillies” performed on one of the Gaither DVD’s.
I love trees! I snapped this photo in our front yard, early in the morning as the sun was beginning to peek over the roof from behind. We planted that poor little Maple tree quite a few years ago. It suffered a setback when someone visiting our home actually drove over it. My husband thought it had died but I didn’t give up on it! Maple’s are gorgeous in the Fall.
Just beyond that Maple tree is our largest flower bed which is currently overrun with weeds. It is home to, Azalea, Hydrangea, Japanese magnolia, Daylilies, a struggling pink Dogwood, Lantana, Juniper ground cover, Liriope and more. Those two large Oak trees provide a feeding frenzy for the squirrels! We had more acorns last year than ever before.
Getting grass to grow in our sandy yard is always a battle. We planted that huge flower bed to combat the sand! We compost with leaves, and pine straw as well as compost from our compost bin constantly. It’s a lot of work to grow anything in sandy soil!
Our little Flower basket girl was relocated to sit amongst the Lantana this spring. She had been overtaken by a large azalea and needed to be rescued. It looks like the Lantana are out to get her too but she loves all the butterflies attracted to the lantana.
This giant Cedar tree is one of my favorite trees on our property! I always think how pretty it would be lit up with Christmas lights but we’d need a boom truck with a cherry picker to do it! This majestic cedar greets us in the driveway.
The front porch is flanked by a small bed currently in need of weeding. This bed is home to Lorepetulum, Dwarf Nandina’s, Daylillies and Liriope. My Patriotic Repurposed Can Birdfeeder found a home on a shepherd’s hook in this flower bed. You can see our DIY Solar Chandelier on the front porch, still bringing romance to the evenings!
The Lorepetulum are beautiful in full bloom!
It’s a shame Azalea’s don’t bloom longer than they do. They are so beautiful for about two weeks in early spring.
This Ice Plant is probably at least 10 years old. It was originally my Dad’s. I have some planted in the ground which has been overtaken by a creeping juniper but this one is in a large outdoor container.
Young Variegated Liriope. Liriope is a southern landscape must have! I received these plants from a friend which is one of the best ways to add to your landscape.
We added this Birdbath in early spring this year, purchased from a local garden store. They actually make their own birdbaths and other yard sculptures. (Shop local!) Our yard is host to lots of bird, squirrels and rabbits. The birds and squirrels have been enjoying their new water feature. They’re working me to keep it filled between rains!
Nandina shrub bordered by Liriope
Begonia are also a favorite found in southern gardens. Although most people plant them in the ground, they are also used for container gardening. I selected the Begonia for my Chevron Mod Podge repurposed can containers. I had the fabric left over from our Porch Makeover last summer.
Crape Myrtle. Did you know that you can spell the name of this flowering tree either Crape or Crepe? Good to know!
Did I mention how much I love trees? That’s a Holly Tree in the center of this photo. Last year, my husband cleaned out most of the underbrush from this area on the side of the house. This is home for most of our squirrels. They like to build their nests in these trees.
Coleus, one of my favorites for containers on the porch or deck. These are on the deck. I planted these from seed and overcrowded the container on purpose for the effect.
Yellow Summer Squash plants. These have only been planted for a couple weeks now. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that they do well and we have late summer, early fall fresh squash!
Tomatoes! We lost ALL of our tomatoes in the past to those horrible tomato hornworms. Read my post about Signs, Treatment & Prevention of The Tomato Hornworm
This is our cedar above ground garden. We purchased it at Sam’s few years ago. It was the floor model so the manager cut us a nice deal! The flip side to that was, no instruction manual for putting it together, because they took it apart! My husband was able to find the manual online so woo hoo!
That blue bucket is our weed bucket. We toss all the weeds into it and then they go to the burn pile. We use the ashes from the burn pile in the flower beds.
We currently have tomato plants, squash and marigolds in the above ground garden. The marigolds are supposed to help ward away garden pests which would otherwise harm the tomato plants. We planted our tomatoes from seed this year! Why not walk on the wild side occasionally?
Just behind the above ground garden to the immediate left and right are Peach trees.
Marigolds are another favorite of mine. These are on the deck. I planted these from seed as well as the Zinnia in the photo below.
Zinnia on the deck planted from seed.
I often share yard and garden photos on my Instagram. Here is a video I made while having coffee on the front porch recently. There was such a nice breeze outside that day!
Thanks for touring my yard and gardens! I’ll be out there shortly pulling weeds! The front flower beds are affectionately referred to around here as the ‘garden of weeden’!
What’s growing in your yard this summer?