Backyard Update 2013

I haven’t posted in a long time about our backyard, which is a never-ending project in itself. Sometimes we feel annoyed by it, just the mowing and weeding, and how the plants never stop growing and wood never stops rotting, and its constant maintenance, it can be a bit much. In reality though we love our backyard so so so much. Its our own private (we are so lucky that neither of our neighbors looks into our backyard!) oasis. Our little peaceful nook of beauty that we have worked so hard on. I wouldn’t say either Mr. Gaunt and I are huge gardeners, or outdoor people, but we have put in honest work to our backyard, and we are proud.

Before and Afters are always fun, so I take you back to when we very first moved in, two years ago:


And to this year, June 2013:

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Now obviously the difference between March and June is pretty substantial here in the PNW, but you get the idea.

A few more Before and Afters for yah, before I let you know what we have going on in our yard this year.


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As you can see we removed some of the garden beds and planted grass. I wish our neighbors would have painted the side of their garage that’s in our yard. We have debated planting bamboo along the whole side there, but I worry it would become unmanageable like some of the bamboo I have seen in our neighborhood.

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The progression of this bed went from a disgusting mess of Morning Glory and Hops, which we had to chemically treat to permanently remove all the MG. Last year it sat empty with a few potted plants in it (and just yard mess), as I wanted to wait a whole year after chemically treating it to plant anything in it. This year we amended the soil and put our one major garden there. So far it seems to be thriving! Next year we may need to replace the boards along the bed as they are getting a little worn out.

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When we first moved in, this bed had 100 year old looking blueberries bushes in them. I was so excited, but alas they never grew at all. Last year I ripped them out and planted sweet peas in them. This year I amended the soil and planted more sweet peas (which are sadly not doing well), purple potatoes (that had already been living there, I saved them when I amended the soil) and all my squash, which I’m sure will take over the whole bed and spread across the yard, but that’s ok with me.



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There isn’t a huge change between last year and this year. The grass is nicer in June than March, and we cleaned up a little. It’s so easy to start piling up potted plants and tools and furniture, its important to keep your yard nice and not just a dumping ground for stuff.


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Obviously the patio looks way different from two years ago. More recently the crazy creeping time has gotten very thick, and we have some new to us patio furniture and such. This was absolutely the best thing we did for our backyard, we love it so much.

Now onto just a ton more photos of our current yard:





I planted a lilac tree right outside the nursery window this year. It will be really special to smell the blooms next spring while rocking my baby. Plus its a sweet little reminder of how we grew this lilac and our baby at the same time.


Don’t forget the Raspberries. I over trimmed them a little last year, so they aren’t quite as crazy as they were last year, but still very hearty and filled with berries that will be ripe so soon!



As adorable as this tin planter is, I don’t think the strawberries really like it that much, Oh well.




When people try to convince me that Morning Glory is beautiful, I should show them this photo. It’s so insane and wild and evil I just don’t even know what to do with it. The only REAL way to kill it is with chemicals. Ugh.



This apple tree was a stick in a pot alone in the yard when we moved in. I planted it here in 2011, and it has grown just a little bit. Last year we got one apple, hoping for a few more this year. It seems happy and healthy. No bugs.


This years we let this bed grow over and just mowed it down. Next year we may add some grass seed to it too. We decided what was best for us was to reduce the sheer quantity of gardens so we didn’t feel so overwhelmed. Next year I picture a baby pool here for the summer! Eeek!


Grapes going strong! Every year I cut them back a ton, and every year they go crazy again. There basically all that is holding that fence up. This year we priced out the cost of a new fence, and realized we didn’t want to drop a grand on a house we rent…yeah. Maybe when we buy it….some day…maybe.


So that is the 2013 backyard tour! Sorry for so many photos, but there is a lot going on back there! We hope to have  a few BBQs there this summer too when the weather gets a little nice.





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