Since it was so pretty outside today…
I decided to go walk around in my “whimsical” back yard. This time I thought it would be fun not only to share the garden’s progress with you, but also to try and get photos from perspectives I may not have considered before.So I got some close-ups. You will notice in this one that there are pine needles everywhere. That’s because my pine tree is kind of right above this part of the yard. It’s hard to clean them off, but having the rocks around the plants helps out.I’m super excited about my new “iris garden”. I recently transplanted these from the garden my dad had planted years ago.
The photo on the left shows how Daddy’s iris looked on February 22, and at the right is how much they had grown by March 13. Mine don’t see to be growing that fast, but they have grown some.
I have resorted to surrounding my iris with rocks and pebbles, because I have seen squirrels digging around at the bases like they are looking for the roots and/or bulbs. And since I seem to have an overabundance of glass gems, I thought it would be fun to sprinkle them around in the rocks. Which brings me to another interesting, if not somewhat alarming piece of information. Something besides squirrels has been in my yard. I had been noticing that something had been digging around in my potted succulents as well as the ones in the garden. I saw it one night when I heard a noise on the patio. Thinking it was a neighborhood cat, both Foster and I went to the sliding glass door and looked out.
As I turned on the patio light I saw the back of an animal with a huge fluffy brown tail walking away from the steps and heading toward the plants you see above. “Wow,” I thought, “that is one big Maine coon cat!” And then, when it reached the plants it turned and looked back at me and it was a raccoon!
My reaction was twofold. First it was “Hey, a raccoon! There’s a real raccoon in my yard! How cool is that?” and the second was “Oh my word, there is a raccoon in my yard! This is probably not a good thing! What if it has rabies?” It was too dark to take a picture and I wasn’t going to open the door and go out there, so our visitor took the opportunity to scurry off.I know that for some of you, seeing a raccoon your yard is no big deal, but we are talking about not the outskirts, but pretty much the center, of Fresno, California. It’s not really raccoon territory. But around that time there had been several “raccoon sightings” not far away, so at least people believed me when I told them about it. At least I hope they did…
So I decided to add pebbles to all my potted succulents, but where to put them?
It so happened that I had “rescued” this vintage step stool from my mom’s back yard last August. I originally wanted to repaint it (turquoise, of course) and use it as a plant stand in my patio.
But then I decided I liked it the way it was. (Plus I was too lazy to paint it after all.) Complete with the “shabby chic” mosaic turtle, I think it looks pretty good!
A few more random views…
The nopales in the cactus area are doing nicely.
The “big plants” seem to enjoy the partial shade of the patio, and maybe someday I will work on the “secret garden” area on the side of the house.The “long and winding curb” is holding up well.
And finally, a look at the fences at each end of the yard. (Truth in blogging #1: The grass is green because of the rain, not because I’ve been doing a good job watering it.)(Truth in blogging #2: Not everybody gets to go out in the back yard.)But your feet stay ever so much cleaner that way!