I really love where I live. I've probably told you before if you are bothering to read this blog, but this is the house I grew up in. My dad is wonderful to let us live here, though honestly I doubt he could sell it in this economy. And hopefully one day we'll be able to buy it from him. But we'll see. For now, we love living here and he has promised not to kick us out any time soon. (And meanwhile, I'm praying that somehow the finances will work out... the house is about a step above what we could afford otherwise at this point in time.)
My dad is a great guy, but a gardener he is not. We have some lovely bushes that I helped him pull out of a dumpster years ago. They were deemed unfit to beautify Hardee's, so that tells ya something. He likes grass, really. So we have lots of grass, but not much else.
I have been working on clearing out our front garden bed for a while. I remember growing up that we had geraniums and petunias and mums in the fall growing there. I recently tore out a bunch of yucky ornamental grass- so boring! I'm leaving the border as my dad suggested. That stuff is invasive though. The garden bed gets a nice amount of morning sun. My goals is to have a sort of natural-looking flower garden. Next fall I plan to put in daffodil bulbs. But this spring, I'm going for the cheap route and will try my luck with seeds. I'm going to try delphiniums toward the back, and 4 o'clocks and dwarf sunflowers. And maybe throw some rosemeary in there too. Or whatever else strikes me.
But for now my girls are having a grand time digging. I would like them to be able to play in there, though obviously they will have to mind the flowers. We're working on clearing out weeds and leaves right now. I hope to add some more dirt/mulch at some point.
Anyway, this is what I really want for my girls, and why I'm so thankful for this house. Plenty of space to play outside and dig in the dirt, to watch things grow. Today they were excited to find worms, of course.
Charlotte would do this for hours. Really, I could save lots of time and money running around if I just stayed home and let them mess around outdoors. I really should, I know.
In terms of sister dynamics, Charlotte is the "leader" of course, and Gwendolyn is usually the follower. Occassionally she will get impish and aggravate her sister (on purpose! *gasp*) but mostly she is pretty cooperative.
She does look a bit impish, doesn't she?
I am sort of a nosy person... I really like to know what people's houses and yards look like. In case there is anyone else out there like me, well, here is my front yard! First, here if the view from where I sit when the girls are playing in the front yard. My front steps.
Have I mentioned that I have wonderful neighbors? They are retired, and avid gardeners. We love living next to them, their yard is lovely. It makes our look terrible, but I still enjoy it. I can see the forsythia is starting to bloom.
Looking at the steps where I sit, from the yard. Note my Starbucks coffee. And the UGLY bushes that I will replace when I can.
Finally, here is a thicket on the other side of the front yard, away from my neighbors with the nice yard. It belongs to non-gardening neighbors. The redeeming value is it blocks the view of the side street. But not for long, I think climbing vines are killing trees. The girls like to go in there and play. I let them, for now, but not when the growth really starts up. It will be full of honeysuckle this summer, and goodness knows what else.
So that's our front yard, where we spend lots of time. We love it, though I hope we can make it an even better place to be! At least my kids can't ruin anything, that's for sure!