Karma's When I Feel Like It Blog

June 22, 2013

Want to come have a look around my backyard?

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My summertime hangout
I spend so much time here each summer – happy summer, by the way! – I thought I’d show you around a little bit. I haven’t really “prettied” things up for you all that much, I hope you don’t mind. You might notice the bits and pieces of a life lived here in suburbia if you poke around some.
step down, have a look around
Come, step down off the deck. The garden is doing nicely. I was worried about it for a while after the wet, cool, spring we’ve had, but these last few days of glorious sunshine and perfect temperatures have given me hope all will be well.
garden looking good
I did some weeding on my first day off from school for the summer. So far so good. I planted tomatoes, cucumbers, hot peppers and summer squash this year. Kinda funny story: I decided to cut back a little on the amount of plants I plant this year – figured spacing them out would keep them healthier. I decided not to grow squash at all since they always get away from me and grown into giant clubs before I get to eat them. I came home from the garden center and realized I had purchased yellow summer squash instead of cucumbers! Oh well! I planted them anyway.
tiny yellow summer squash
I did go back and buy cucumbers.
cucumber plants
Summer without fresh cucumbers would be like summer without fresh garden grown tomatoes!
early girl tomatoes
Anyone who knows me knows that would be simply unacceptable! I was thrilled to find these little early girls when I had a look around the other day.
Hot peppers are on the way too:
hot peppers on the way
Here’s the little table that holds my gardening supplies. Some of the stuff here is new, some of it old. I found a pair of scissors here this spring that apparently spent the whole winter outside!
my garden work table
Let’s head out the gate now and look around the rest of the yard. Hubby crafted this new gate for me since the old one had rotted away. I installed the new length of garden fence it is attached to myself! (You can see it in the picture of the whole garden up above)
new garden gate
If you look to the left, you’ll see the remains of childhood past.
Of childhood past
My girls spent many wonderful hours playing here. I do miss those days. Teddy does occasionally make use of the space.
Collie cave
Just past the swingset, you’ll see a large bushy area of daylilies.
A swarm of daylily plants
Years ago my mother’s friend gave me a few daylilies that she had removed from her yard. This is what has happened from the planting of maybe a dozen plants! They will be in bloom next month sometime.
Farther down the fence, you can see where hubby has had to make some impromptu repairs. The fence is actually our neighbors’ but we do use it to help keep our dogs fenced in. The various strong storms of the last few years have taken their toll on this fence.
fence repair
I’ve randomly tried different varities of flowering plants along this fence. Wildflower mixes, plants that didn’t make it in other parts of the yard, cast-offs from neighbors and friends. Some have survived some have not. I’m often surprised by the little flowering jewels I’ve found along the fence.
Still blooming after all these years

Hidden jewels

Looking across the yard from the fence, you can see the expanse of lawn that I mow. It takes me about an hour and a half to do my whole yard. You can see another beloved object too:
The still-loved tire swing
The tire swing. Every now and then, someone still jumps on for a little swing. Friends of Meghan’s stopped by the other day to say hello to the dogs and then spotted the swing. A group of high school seniors all had to have their turn on the tire swing.
Heading back up the yard, you’ll encounter the pool.
more work to do
As you can see, it isn’t in great shape. The liner ripped over the winter and has to be replaced. Hubby and I will be at work on that nasty chore this weekend.
Past the pool, back near the deck again, are the raspberries.
after a strong pruning this spring
I gave them a good pruning this spring. It seems to have done some good. The crop of berries looks much more promising this year than last year.
almost raspberries

Come around by the buttefly bushes (also strongly pruned back this spring!) and you are back at the deck.
zooming butterfly bushes
It looks to be a glorious summer. I can’t wait for all my favorite season has to offer! Ahhhhhhhhhhhh!


  1. What a comprehensive view of your back yard, Karma! I enjoyed lingering here for a few minutes. The tire swing reminded me of my childhood. We used to have one. By the way, do you have lots of recipes for summer squash? You’re going to need them. Enjoy your favorite season!

    Comment by Kathy — June 22, 2013 @ 10:45 am | Reply

    • I don’t have a lot of ideas for summer squash, unfortunately. I actually prefer zucchini to summer squash, but hubby seems to like them quite a bit so I hope they’ll get used up. I can try giving them away to neighbors too!
      Thanks Kathy.

      Comment by Karma — June 24, 2013 @ 7:38 am | Reply

  2. What a nice day it was! I enjoyed the walk around your garden so much. Perhaps you’ll invite us back when the butterfly bush is in bloom? Maybe by then we can also enjoy some raspberry lemonade?

    Comment by Carol — June 22, 2013 @ 10:48 am | Reply

    • Thank you Carol. You can definitely come back and see the butterfly bushes. Raspberry lemonade sounds lovely!

      Comment by Karma — June 24, 2013 @ 7:38 am | Reply

  3. Happy Summer, Karma! I know this is your favorite season. I really enjoyed the tour of your backyard, and reacted almost like a kid when I saw the tire swing (by shouting “tire swing!!”). Would you believe our daylilies are almost finished? We’re deep into summer here now.

    Comment by Robin — June 22, 2013 @ 4:01 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Robin. There’s just something about a tire swing isn’t there? It is finally starting to really feel like summer here now. I hope your air conditioning is working and you aren’t getting eaten too badly by the deerflies. I’m still looking for a solution to those so I can enjoy going for a walk with the dogs.

      Comment by Karma — June 24, 2013 @ 7:41 am | Reply

      • Well, I’ve tried just about everything Karma and here is what works for me: Long pants, long sleeve shirt (preferably white and definitely NOT blue as they are attracted to blue), hat, and mosquito netting over the hat. The deer flies still swarm around my head, but they can’t get through the netting. It didn’t take long for me to learn to ignore the deer flies.

        Comment by Robin — June 24, 2013 @ 11:24 am

  4. I enjoyed the walk around your garden Karma. Your plants are far ahead of mine here in Nova Scotia. I want a butterfly bush too !

    Comment by sybil — June 22, 2013 @ 8:15 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Sybil. You should definitely plant a butterfly bush. They are easy care and grow quickly. If you planted one now, I’m sure by next summer you would have plenty of butterfly visitors.

      Comment by Karma — June 24, 2013 @ 7:42 am | Reply

  5. Great tour of the backyard Karma! I have one patch of lilies (yellow ones?) that are almost done blooming. I’m waiting for the tiger lilies to show up, they are my favorites. Happy summer!

    Comment by Mike Christoferson — June 23, 2013 @ 6:06 am | Reply

    • Thanks Mike. I haven’t seen any lilies yet this year. I think the yellow ones are stella d’oro lilies. Tiger lilies are cool. I don’t have any in my yard – I should plant some.

      Comment by Karma — June 24, 2013 @ 7:44 am | Reply

  6. Quel beau jardin ! Un vrai plaisir de s’y promener mais je sais que tu y travailles aussi 🙂 Je te souhaite un bel Ă©tĂ©, chère Karen, une belle cĂ©lĂ©bration pour Meghan (fĂ©licitations !) et ensuite “les pieds en Ă©ventail” (meaning your feet spread like a fan = having a rest on a chaise-longue). All the best to you and yours.

    Comment by isathreadsoflife — June 28, 2013 @ 3:59 pm | Reply

    • Merci Isa. Tes voeux sont tres gentil.

      Comment by Karma — June 28, 2013 @ 6:54 pm | Reply

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