Recently I started playing a gardening game called Gardenscapes in which you get to restore a neglected garden to its former glory. It is a lot of fun re-doing the fountains and hedges, reviving and cleaning up old plants.
In the real world I do that in my backyard too. For many years I have lived in my house and neglected the yard. We had grass put in when my boys were young. The last four years I became interested in gardening when I inherited some of my mother-in-law’s plants. I realized gardening is a great mental and physical benefit so I started hauling out almost all of the grass in the backyard to create my garden. I am so glad I did because my garden now is so colorful and lush. I have put in a lot of back-breaking work but when flowers bloom, it was totally worth it. It has frequent visitors such as birds, bees, ladybugs, butterflies, slugs, and worms of all kinds. There is a healthy ecosystem in my backyard.
Although it looks like a “jungle” as my mom and kids like to call it, I really like that the inner garden is disguised by the big trees and bushes maturing over the years. It makes the garden feel like a “secret garden”. Below, I have two official entrances to my garden, each are flanked by trellis arches with clematis and passion flowers growing on it.
Did you see the passion flower fruits that are hanging off of that trellis? I was so excited to see them since I didn’t know whether the kind I grew would bear fruit!
The above picture is the right side of the garden and starting from the front right is my sage, magnolia souvlangiana tree, blue chicory, purple daisies, pink rose bush, and pink Strybing Beauty bush next to the tall brugmansia tree on the far right.
The scenery above is a view into the front of the garden. In the front I have a holly hock bush, pink geraniums, foxgloves on the right with the yellow Charles Grimaldi brugmansia in the back. On the far left, I have the purple and white foxglove bushes, a White Bouquet tansy ground cover, orange At Last roses, and an orange tree behind it. I have some poppies growing in this area that hasn’t gotten tall enough to make it in the picture.
Finally, below are a collection of some new flowers blooming these past few weeks. My pink Pompom poppy finally has a couple of flowers that didn’t look diseased, most were in very bad shape. I tried growing them many times but this is the first year that it flowered.