The front yard garden continues to evolve as it becomes more established.
Above is the view from the front door. As you can see, there are a billionty maple tree whirligigs everywhere. I hate those things! We had several really high-wind days and the trees let go of a buttload of them. Luckily with the mulch pathways, not many of them will be able to take root, but I hate the way they clutter everything up.
Holy crap, until I looked at this photo, I hadn’t realized QUITE how many whirligigs (and leaves from the red maple) had gathered along the edges of the front yard. I need to do some sweeping (or maybe shoveling). You can see in this shot that some of the planting areas are really coming in, while others are still straggly and a bit wimpier than I’d like. They just need time.
Here’s the view from the neighbor’s driveway (former evils’ house). I’m hoping the flipper will pull up the rubber border thingie the evils put in – it’s ugly and it’s filled with red lava rocks which I despise. And I’m sure they wouldn’t mind having that six inches or so of driveway back. The Candytuft ‘Snowmound’ can be seen just past the barberry hedge here, and it has been blooming for awhile.
This is the area where I ruthlessly pruned the butterfly bushes and russian sage and whatnot – it’s starting to fill in again. You can see the ‘Evil Ways’ butterfly bush on the far right (bright green foliage). The lilies, iris, and salvia are all coming in in this area. Some of the salvia is already blooming (purple blooms just to the left and up from the center of the photo above) and more should be blooming soon. The sedum is also looking good.
View of the same area, from the other side. The iris and verbena have been blooming right by the front door, which is cheery. I’ve had a lot of things blooming in isolation/not near anything else that’s blooming, but hopefully soon I will have more profuse blooms throughout.