I spent some quality time today shoveling dirt onto the other side of the fence, via wheelbarrow. It went to the other side of the fence because it was full of rocks and there was nothing much else to do with it, and I was getting very tired of seeing tupperware bins of dirt in the backyard. The result: the backyard is pretty much cleared of nasty weeds and rubbish. We have a clean slate on which to create what we like.
As a comparison, here's a couple of before images:
What these pictures don't quite show is how sagging and sad the old fence was. And this is how it looks now, with everything cleared and new fence:
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah. So easy on the eyes to have all that clutter gone. One step closer to a livable outdoor space.
The flowers are doing fairly well.
Bright colours of pansies, with a green thing in the middle that I think is some kind of flower, although I don't really know. The pansies thrive, but they have a way of toppling over as if the stem can't hold the flower up. I'm always boosting them up. Not sure if they need more water, or I knock them down when I water them, or we didn't plant them deep enough, or what. But they survive.
This is something we planted last year, which thrived but didn't bloom. It came back strong this year and actually bloomed! I had totally forgotten what it was supposed to look like so it is a nice surprise.
I wasn't sure if this big pink flower (maybe I should have written down the names) might be too fussy for our flower boxes, but it's doing well.
These two are rather high maintenance and wilt if I don't water them every five minutes. Surviving though.
This box is doing well.
This bush is has added several flowers since we planted it - see close up. In hindsight, was rather awkwardly placed under the bleeding heart, but at least it gets as much sun as possible.
And we'll end with some gorgeous purpleness.