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I have a 50' x 100' lot with a small house and oversized garage on it. That doesn't stop me though - the neighbors are elderly and they don't pay a lot of attention to what is growing in their yard. LOL! Should be a lot of surprise! tulips in the neighborhood this spring.
I voted suburban yard, much to my dismay, but fortunately we found one that is 9,000 square feet which is bigger than most cookie cutter yards surrounding our neighborhood. And I found a Houston yard without the tall pines which would make gardening more difficult :). None of the neighbors have trees overhanging my yard so there again---I work with what I have---picking a home and yard that had the best lot I could afford in the city. :) Until I can vote that we own more then 10 acres. DH thinks he'd like up to 40 but not exceeding. We've lived in the country and in major cities and much prefer the solice and peace and quiet of the country. I don't need the stores.
We have 56 acreas which has beenhanded down for 3 generations and hoping to keep the fourth generation interested. About 15 being used for pasture and hay lots. About 2 being used for gardens and yard(would love to just have gardens for the yard!). The rest is wooded and there are blueberries scattered in a 3 acre area.
About 1/2 an acre of property on Long Island, which I, (not the bank), own. I'm constantly reminded by my out of state friends that for the price I paid for my property I could have 4 - 5x the amount of land in another state. However I in turn remind them that land in NY with the flexibility of a commute to NYC is very expensive and the land itself is an investment which is constantly increasing in value.
It's more than sufficient for my gardening needs and I would not want more, since more property here would mean higher property taxes and maintenance which could possibly become a burden in ones' retirement years. I know several of several professionals with a few acres and big bucks which have opted to sell their home and move to condos for just that reason.
'A nice thick steak may be great when you are young, but hard to digest when you get older.'
(Edit: ie an acre of land where I live with a 'modest' home would easily pass $1 million in purchase price at todays prices.)
This is the most fascinating poll I've read! I wish everybody would post pictures of their yard/property/balcony.
I live on the 6th floor of a 7-floor apartment building which overlooks townhouses across the street and wetlands next to and behind them. I can see forever, including the front range of the Rocky Mountains. My balcony is about 26' long by 5' deep (not deep enough for me). I grow annuals, perennials and vines, and can't wait for SPRING!
I have a little over 1- 1/2 acre with somewhere around 1/3 of it is veggie garden. Then some for young fruit trees, apple, cherry,apricot,
choke cherry. There is a large mulberry that I should use some of that fruit for a fruit juice or jelly but the birds use most of for making multi colored
spots on the car. Have a couple large walnut trees, that keep the squirrels occupied and I get all I need for banana nut breads and cakes too. Have to keep some in lawn, so I can have a shady area for the picnic table and great grand kids to play. Just about right to keep me busy and leave time to go fishing too.
I have about 1/4 acre in the middle of Albuquerque. I chose a place in an older subdivision in part because the yards were larger. The previous owners mostly un-landscaped the yard, which means I get to do it up the way I want.
our lort is about 1/2 an acre . It is typical for my area and I have managed to garden quite a bit of it . I don't have the best place for vegtables ( I ussually plant 6-8 tomato plants and a few squash ) but this year with the economy being so bad I am going to make a bigger area for vegtables . my side yard in the spring gets plenty of sun but as the season progresses it gets more and more shade I may have to plant a mobile garden so I can move it where the sun is !
We have about 20 acres and they are getting to be too much for us. Maybe now that DH is completely retired we will be able to care for our acreage a bit better. We just want to go away and play more that we should.
I have 1/5 of an acre, Average for my area. Not nearly enough gardens. Like a lot of you, my DH likes grass. BUT...as he ages, he's finding the upkeep is easier with foliage plants instead of grass!!! LOL
I have an average city lot 75 feet by 125 feet. Unfortunately - much of this space is used for the driveway and the house, and what remains is mostly in shade.
What I really, really wish is that I had enough land to have a huge nursery garden. You know, like a veggie garden, only with rows of baby plants. I just like starting them - but then, so many plants won't be fully developed for three years. What do you do with them in the meantime?
I have a trailer, and the court is an older one with mature trees (40 yrs old).
For the 1st time I have an enclosed deck (19x16 ft), and I love, love, love it! I hang baskets from the fencing, and also from hooks on the walls :-)
Although I used to have a ground level yard, this is much nicer. I have a greenhouse on it, and I love to sit out on my deck on sunny days. (doesn't hurt that I have a hot tub on the property - I don't grow anything around it, but it's part of my yard!)
I have one "unfortunate" part of the yard that nothing seems to grow in, partly because my DH stores his "stuff" there!
I love hearing from everyone & your ever-so-many types of gardens :-)
We have 20 acres, but I don't get to use much of it. My DH hogs up most of the land for growing alfalfa and providing grazing for his goats, who try to eat everything I try to grow. I've staked out about a 16 foot perimeter around the dog kennel (it's 30ft x 50ft, so that's a fair amount of space) for a container garden, but keeping the goats away on one side and the dog from shredding stuff through the fence on her side is a challenge! This is an aerial photo taken in the dead of summer, so it's not very green, and before we put in the garden. If you look closely, you might be able to make out the little cluster of goats below the red barn. :-)
revclaus thank you, your photos and post are very inspiring for me.
I have to say once again, I am none of the above. I have a deck/balcony a bit wider than revclaus's, and also a patch of previously uncultivated land I am working into a bed that measures roughly 25X11 feet. There is a similar strip adjacent to it that I have strewn wildflower and red clover seeds in in hopes it will soften it up a bit for future expansion. The other folks that live on this property (I am in an upstairs garage apartment) have the yard pretty much in their care. But I have my hands full, getting started here!
Sorry not to have pix, no camera. I am enjoying learning the garden info about people whose names I recognized here and there. ;-)
We have 8 acres, 4.5 in cattle pasture, 2 in hayfield, the rest in house, outbuildings, pond and garden. The hayfield, barn and hay barn. The house is on the other side of the hay barn, that's our neighbor's house across the road. That was the 3rd and last cutting of the season last Sept.
I have a pie-shaped lot on a cul-de-sac. Fortunately the larger share is in the back yard. We have been renting this 40 year old home for 18 months ~ it has obviously been a long time since a gardener lived here. I put my initial efforts into nurturing the existing plants. What an improvement already. Too bad the record breaking cold did a temporary number of the avocado and mango trees that were starting to bloom.
Now I'm rolling up my sleeves. Last week my husband and I hacked away the crazy Lantana that was good for hiding the neighbor's chainlink fence but not much else. Hitting up Lowes for 50% off "distressed" plants has armed me to the hilt with lots of shrubs, perennials, and even an annual or two (I picked up a 4' Hibiscus tree for $2.98!). Next week we go to war with shovels and bags of soil ammendments in hand. Wish us luck!
Fascinating thread. . .
. . . we live on a "builder's acre," which means that it can include steep woodland areas (which ours does) and still count. I probably have 1/2 acre of mixed lawn and garden beds. . . working on getting rid of the lawn ("no, Honey, the beds haven't expanded. . . must be your imagination!") ;-)
I have 1/3 acre including the house driveways and out buildings.
A 20x26 veg garden, set out 60 tomatoes last spring, started them in the 6x8 greenhouse. This fall I enlarged the GH 16 more feet and was able to put the rabbits inside so their water didn't freeze. They are out side now in the red shed to the left.
Moved from south Florida 3 years ago, I love it, my DW would rather be in Florida. Love everyone pictures.
I checked 1-5 acres but in reality our property is 19 acres. Most of it is steep and useless except for a woodlot. Even that presents problems due to the inability to get any equipment in... sure wish I had a mule (and knew how to use it).
For garden area, I really don't have any more useable space than I had on my previous suburban lot, maybe 1/2 an acre or so. Seems like more when I mow!
SoCal, your yard is just lovely. You have done wonders with that small space. My (non-gardening) brother lives in Huntington Beach and I swear his back yard is smaller than yours. Would you believe, he hires a gardener to mow his postage stamp back yard?
darius, when that picture was taken the bunnies were inside the GH, they are out side now even though it is still freezing here.
I water them with bowls when it's freezing, poor soles lick the ice for water, but think about it...what do rabbits do in the wild?
I do take good care of them (they are meat rabbits) Yummm
And the poo means more to me than the meat.
I live in a townhome rental and have a small bed in the front (I'm an end unit so I've annexed the side of the building and dug out another bed along that side of the building) and containers on the sidewalks plus my walled in patio out back which is overrun with containers:lol:
This is the back--
I voted yard not big enough. I live in a golf course that began in the 60's and the lots were lease hold lot to build cabins on. Ours is 80' x100' and we have a 2800 sq ft. house. So the sides and front and back yard space ranges from 7' to 15'. We have been here for 20 years so I'm mostly out of space. I have been rearranging for the last few years and I think I'm just about down. Now it will be maintenance only. The picture is of the golf course border.
We had a big hare when I was a kid in Connecticut and he stayed in a hutch outdoors all winter with no adverse effects. He had an enclosed nest area in the rear of the hutch and then the front part was the open cage part. The breeder kept all of his outside as well. We had to get up before school in the winter and go break the ice out of his water bowl to give him fresh and feed him as well--had to refill the birdfeeders in the morning too. My mom sure was mean:lol:
This photo is my front flower bed at my apt.
It's about 10 ft long by 3 ft deep. I have a big container to the left with bulbs, dahlia's and vines in it and some other containers around the base of it. On the right side the bed runs into the side yard/grass and I've dug up around that corner and planted daffs and canna--plus I have another large/tall container of lilies in it.
Oh yes the rabbits have thick fur to keep them warm (they suffer more in the summer)...The water bottles I have for them has a metal tube that goes into the cage and they lick the water from it. The metal freezes very quickly and no water. So the bowls work well when it's freezing.
Here they are inside the GH...Very Happy
well here we go The house I live in I have a 1/4 acre with house garage driveway and not enough garden space. Then I take care of the yard and gardens on my rental property wich is less tha a 1/4 acre with house and garage and driveway. Then the inlaws have 3 acres and they let me garden on 1.5 acres of it.So in the summer am very busy between the 3 properties. But thats what keeps me going.Want to try and sell at farmers market this year. Th e picture shows how close the houses are together.(this is the house I live in the white one). dont have a summer pic but gives you an ida. Also need some advice on trimming my wild wiesteria that still hasnt bloomed after 4 yrs. Maybe ground level pruning this year lol.
We have 10 acres mostly steep hills with mixed hardwood forest and about 2 acres of pasture in front of the house. We have planted thousands of daffodils - early, mid and late season - on the property and here are some out front.
About 10 years ago we downsized from 120 acres row crop farming moved and now have been on 25 acres.
About 3 acres are in garden beds for daylilies and perennials. Another acre is for veggie growing. About a 1/2 acre is lanes and parking and buildings. About 5 is fenced pasture. Another rough 10 is semi wooded pasture/prairie ground and the rest is wooded. And a portion of that is bog.
Our ground here is very poor and is what is called a sand prairie, sand woodland, sand pond, railway prairie savanah. We have a very unusual ecosystem here which is being hampered by progress and ignorant caretakers of ground nextdoor. ours is a very fragile system which is a shame that there are people in the world that really think the land as worthless and do not treat it for what it is worth. It is a host to some rare native plants and host to a wonderful array of wildlife.
The land will flood, but in 10 years of being here and studying it, we have lost a serious amount of ground water and I beleive the ecosystem has been damaged more than I even realize. It used to be a habitat for a family of hawks which no longer build their nest here anymore and the geese have increased heavily. The system is off balance.
Interesting , that the poll goes from "small city or suburban" straight to "one acre or more!" I feel like if I only had another 1/4 acre, I'd have oodles of gardens. One acre would feel huge! And I always thought everyone else had way more space than I did.
I have 35 acres, primarily woodland. Rolling terrain criss-crossed with old logging trails, and a meandering creek. Natural beauty everywhere - trees (beech, oak, maple, poplar,...), mountain laurel, woodland natives (ferns, mayapples), and large white boulders. Back in 2001, turned 1 1/2 acres of the only low, swampy part into a pond. Minimal sunny areas - just the drainfield and small clearings around the house and pond. I've attempted to enhance some areas with gardening efforts - primary focus is near the house, a shady garden on the hillside between the house and the pond, along the part of the creek that can be seen from the driveway, and thousands of daffodils along one of the old logging trails (now dubbed the daffodil trail). Figure I'll run out of money before I run out of gardening room! Loads of fun, and learning a lot... terri
Ours is a city lot 60' x 100' with maybe an extra 20 feet of depth in front which is a city easement. I could have checked the last choice that it's not big enough for my gardens. I'm addicted to Hostas and running out of space fast.
We own a little over 5 acres, but from shelterbelt to shelterbelt it's actually about 8 acres that we groom. It's the dumbest thing, but that's the way the place was surveyed when we bought it. We figure we have use of nearly 8 acres, but only paid for 5. The other three acres are the 50 some feet inside the tree rows that the previous owner wanted to keep. If he was so attached to the trees, I certainly wish he would have taken care of them.
We do groom the entire area. Mowed, trimmed,etc. I have two veggie gardens. One that is about an acre (I haven't used that one since the kids grew up. Still trying to figure out what to do with it) And then I have a smaller dinner type veggie garden up close to the house where I now plant everything that DH and I eat in the summer.
I have many flower gardens all around too. I've got one flowerbed that has been the bane of my existence ever since I built it. I made it WAY too large and it's not manageable. The weeds have gotten the best of me and last year I resorted to spraying part of it with roundup. If it doesn't behave this year I'm going to tear it down and plant that area back to grass again. I'm tired of fighting with it.
I would take some photos, but my entire yard is still somewhere underneath numerous feet of snow, and I don't think I took any last year.
1.5 acres, and that's as much land I could take care of by myself.
I have a large veg/cutting garden, an orchard, a little woods & lots of grass. We get a lot of rainfall here, so it's not a hassle to water. Plus - I grow it as a crop: composting material.
We a sub-division lot of 68 ' wide and 115' long, which includes our house, side entry driveway, lawn and flowerbeds. We have a hilly lot (hill in the front, back and side). I have some flowerbeds, but would like to have a few more. I like to plant in containers as well.
Here's a pic of the front from the Summer of 2007
I feed the birds everyday, every year since Dec. 2000 and when the Hummers are here, we have 4 Hummingbird feeders up (2 in the front and 2 in the back). I plant flowers for the Hummers and Butterflies as well.
Thanks Tri_Na_Nog, Hemophobic and Flowerjen for the nice words on my space. Also the picture was taken by DH from the roof. Here is a more current one where the shop was painted and a deck and walkway added last year.
Laurawege….you have made use of your corner, very nice!
Cedar…..Great natural setting for the daffodils
Revclaus…demac085…gabagoo and Christie…. All of you really need to rent a lawn somewhere….or send me your extra plants! None of you need to worry about grass though.
Willowwind2…bet those golfers slice just to see your garden up close
Rentman….Love your greenhouse/ bunny hut…but I agree with the DW on the warm climate!
Marilynbeth…. Talk about curb appeal…WOW!!
Guess I have to add you to the "need to rent a lawn" group Palmbob! LOL!
Thanks Sheila, but I've changed that flowerbed at the street to what it looks like this in June 2008. I left a few plants and then I have started adding Tall Bearded Irises. Hopefully, this Spring it will look even better with the Irises all in bloom. :-)
Every ones pictures are beautiful!
I'm on 2 and a half acres. Originally grass and gum trees, now at least half is under garden, and the rest is still grass and gums, but manicured.
My style started as cottage, then went to tropical exotics, as its too humid here for most cool climate plants. Anything that requires more than 2 prunes a year is getting the 'Chop' as its become very time consuming and I want to make it easy maintenance.
I use lots of sugarcane mulch for weed suppression, and try to stay ontop of it. I also garden for a living, which means I'm quite insane!
This is the lawn between the house and truckshed
Here is the natural area in front of our house. It is still a work in progress, but has some azaleas, a Japanese maple, lots of daylilies, some hostas and various other plants. This photo is from 2008.
About 1/2 an acre on top of a hill of which the flattest part is where the house sits. Some small bit of lawn left since I attempted to turn as much area as possible into raised beds or shallower beds with stone borders. If you don't put a border on it, the soil will wash down the hill in the rain. However, I have beautiful hosta, daffodils, beds for vegetables and places for large containers. I am interested in plants that will hold the hillside.
Here's a picture from the top of my hill from last spring. The plant is Cornus mas, Cornelian cherry, which is a bright yellow torch in early spring. You can see the neighboring street below.
Hemophobic; this is my son, who has the duty to check for aphids on the fruit trees and than squish them between his fingers! He likes that job!
Sheila_FW; rent a lawn; that's the bright idea I was looking for! But wait; I have a back yard that needs to be planted, about twice the side of my front yard. DH wants me to wait planting there until he is done building an outdoor cooking area. ( He hasn't started though.)
EDIT to say, yep, the previous picture is my son, here he is not at work!
Whoa. Some of you have some great gardens & space! I have about 200 sq.ft. of dedicated garden beds that are 4ft deep that surround the interior perimiter of my back yard. The rest is pool and cool decking. Just not enough space for all of the flora I want!!!
Lawn??? I don't need a lawn! LOL!
If I ever moved to a houe with a lawn, it would not be there for long, that's for sure!
I'd have paths meandering around the garden that would replace the lawn.
I love weed_woman's garden. THAT'S what I'd have!
Hey, aspenthomas! Your pic makes me drool! I'd love to be near the water - a lake or a pond... something that does not flood!
You're not to far from my sister. She's in Ashburn.
Mrs_colla - LOVE your porch! Man, I'd plop myself down and NEVER move!
Here's a pic of my yard taken from the bench in the back.
Rarely do I get a chance to post on this forum. After seeing all the creativity and beauty pictured in the above postings I knew I wanted join in this Voting Booth topic. We have two acres in the country which have become a "lifetime" gardening "project". I'd like to share a couple of scenes from last spring and summer. This one is from July 2008.
Well, you have to look beyond the daylily to see the back pasture where our horses play. It is actually the veiw from our rear of our home.
We raise close to 500 varieties of daylilies and numerous other perennials the garden area. They have been a passion for over 25 years.. Some of our own homeraised hybrids are starting to grow now.
When we came to our 25 acre haven.. there was not a domestic perennial growing on the place other than grass and a few trees in the houseyard. We dug up and transplanted about 1 acre of perennial flowers that we raised at our old farm before moving and brought them all here..
We have a small 8x 16 ft green house and have been working on a larger 100x 25 ft hoop house but that project slowed down when my husband fell ill. Don't know if we will ever continue it or not at this point yet. Right now I do most of the work here by myself and so running the hoop house would be a bit much for me with the rest of the mess but we are hoping when he is able and retired.
TBG, I love daylilies. I only have some mini Stella de Oros that bloom all summer. My others are large are pretty but only bloom once. That photo of the red ones is gorgeous! Do they rebloom? If so please share the name. ; )
gabagoo, you have really packed a ton of plants in that small courtyard. I added you as a contact so I can see more of your photos. I've been thinking I should climb on the roof and take photos--not sure I will do it weekly though LOL!
i do most, no, not most, ALL of the gardening in the house hold. and by the way, im not even out of highschool. lol. call it an obsession, i call it a life style XD. here is the front of our house in the burbs. just before the day lillys bloom. i wish i caould do more, but my mom wont let me. lol... maybe when we move... :) alsoo... i am sooo devoted to gardening, that for mothers day, i put in all lthe annuals... well, whats special about that, you say... there was a tornado while i was gardening! lol and to every one who has replyed about the garden, thank you:) and im sure my mom is just glad that im not into hard drugs, or somthing like that. lol. im the only non-conformist guy under 20 that you see in the garden, ive had a coupple good stares XD.
ps, you should see the back yard... banana plants and palm trees dominate. a slice of florida in ohio:)
tropicsofohio, I salute you and your efforts. You will be a great future gardener. And will have a lifetime to garden as you choose. Your home is lovely. I'm 70 now but didn't garden until I was in my twenties.
tropics, I loved to help with the gardening from the time I was 3. That means that I have loved it for over 50 years now! Gardening is a wonderful hobby that you can enjoy your entire life. I bet your Mom loves that you are into such a wholesome activity.
Isn't it amazing what everyone does with their different spaces? I just can't get over the variety of what everone does with their own gardens.
We have 3 acres, and it's just enough space for me. I do all the gardening here too. DH doesn't care for the outdoor 'work', only play. I'm hoping to do a little larger veggie garden this year. I've been using a small space for the last 3 years, making sure I would keep up with the weeding and picking, and I've done well. I'm hoping to reward myself with something a little larger.
Well, I have a suburban lot, but it isn't exactly small for being in town. It's a corner lot, first off, and the previous owner annexed an extra patch of land that wasn't large enough for a house (but was more than large enough for a detached 2.5 car garage). All total, it's a quarter acre, which is plenty for me. Since it's all brand new (I moved in mid-September '08), I have a lot of work to do this spring. The yard once was very loved, but the people who owned it last neglected it. I'm looking forward to showing it love once again. :)
WOW, we have 80 acres mostly in pasture for the cows. About 5 is for house, garden, shop and mobile. Both of our closest neighbors are 1/4 mile away (one is my son, DIL and grandson). There is so much peace and solitude here I can't believe I'm only 15 minutes from town...
I want to rework the "back yard" cause it's mostly just pastureland. I want to turn it into something like some of your pictures here. What beautiful oasis' you all have! This is such a great site!
I live in the south and we're always fixin' to do something. (For those up north that would mean "going to do"... ;-) !) We're fixin' to make the vegetable beds a little bigger this year and we're fixin' to tear out the front walkway beds and move the roses to a circle bed in the front drive. There's so much stuff to get done, I'm tired already.
I've attached a picture of my "backyard" during the last ice storm. The first tree line is our back property line. We sit to the back of the acreage. It's a blank canvas right now...
I have a suburban lot about 120' x 90' and cannot find anywhere to put anything else. In my backyard I have approximately 80 azaleas along with numerous other plants such as holly ferns, hostas, nandinas (sp) and hydrangeas. This does not include the perennials, dogwoods and japanese red maple and hugh hugh maple tree. In the summer I plant lots of impatients for color in the shade. It's very peaceful and the birds are music to my ears when I am in the hammock or sitting under the arbor with a hugh glass of sweet tea. Oh summer...when will you be back...I miss you. I have lovely pictures but not smart enough to enclose an image. I did not come along in the computer age, but trying my best to learn to be a modern grandma. Can someone help me and then I can share my yard with you.
I can try to help... If the image is on the desktop of your computer, then look just below your posting box here in the thread and you will see a smaller window that is titled "image:" and next to it a "browse" button. Click browse and your desktop should show you the available items you have as files there including any images you have (you may have to move the image from wherever it is stored onto your desktop first) -- if you select the one you want to share (on my computer that means I select a button that says "open") it should then copy its name in that little image window (it will be just the file name there) and then when you publish your post by selecting "send" the image will post along with whatever you wrote.
I have a little less than 1/2 acre, located in the best of both worlds - very close to all the major conveniences, but nestled in a quiet little neighborhood. I'm in the processing of landscaping every square inch of my yard. I've consented to a small patch of grass (what is it with men and their grass?!); but the rest is plants, water gardens, trees and flowers.
SongsofJoy, that's such a tranquil scene, and so beautifully done. I'm completely blown away. (And a little envious, I must admit. Astilbes hate me.) I wish my garden could be like yours when it grows up...
We have 40 acres, about 30 of it in woods. I have 8 flower gardens spread around here and there amidst the lawn, fruit trees and berry bushes, about 2 acres. And the rest belongs to a small herd of sheep and goats, geese, ducks and free range chickens. Throw in 5 cats and a dog and there it is! As a little girl, I always wanted to live on a farm, have lots of animals and flowers and be an artist. I really, really wanted a horse..All my wishes came true, except the horse. With all these other things to care for, who has time for a horse!
So many wonderful gardens. This is a great thread...
SongsofJoy, I've stumbled across various posts of your gardens in the past and am always enchanted with what you've accomplished - lovely, lovely, lovely! Terri
I have just over 4 acres. It used to be a cow pasture so the ground is rich. I mow about 2.5 of lawn, have at least a half acre veggie garden. We've got outbuildings and a 20x40 greenhouse. I grow veggies, apples, pecans (someday we'll get a harvest) I have several beds for ornamentals and an 8x30 covered front porch for containers.
This year I'm re-doing the front entryway bed. We've pulled out all of the Crimson Barberries and I'm putting in a couple of Japanese Maples, some David Austin roses, and some more 'interesting' additions. We left a very large (by KY standards) crape myrtle in this bed as an anchor and I have hostas planted under it.
Everyone's pictures are wonderful! I'll have to dig some out. Mine are on my old computer and I haven't had time to move them. But I'll get some shortly!
Okay, y'all are really inspiring me with your beautiful garden pictures. Here's my favorite spot to drink a cool glass of ice tea and turn the pages of my favorite book. When it's cold (like it is now) I have to look at this to know winter is almost over. This was taken last summer in my back yard.
No its private. Just one of those hobbies that ran away. We tried going commercial but the economy sucks out here and there are no jobs and no local market for it. Our county and town was also declared a federal disaster area about a year ago due to flooding so a lot of the area has suffered. It is also big headache between the retail tax issues and the nursery inspections. A royal paperwork nightmare.
I am hoping though that in our retirement we can get the hoophouse up and running and do annuals for a supplemental income.. . Its a pipe dream, but would be fun. Annuals are not as regulated as perennials in the sale barn.
I basically do a lot of trading and propagating of our own. Been doing that for about 25 years but the daylily passion is recent in the last 10.
This is what we can look like in the wet! That was a 5 " rain storm that fell in 4 hours last September. That is the pasture in the background but the gardens all were flooded as well.
I will get water up to my little "glorified" potting shed. But so far the tide has not come into it or the residence or our workshop. We have been told by inspections that we have one of the dry-est (why does that word "dry-est" look so wrong!!) crawlspaces around.
Here is my "glorified" potting shed. It is a small fiberglass green house 8x16 and amazing what I can put out of that little thing.
And more of my "jurassic" phlox. I do not know why but those phlox are doing pretty well here. They were never that big at the old home farm and we are on poor soil here. I just let them do their thing. They reseed readily and are marvelous for the butterflies and hummers.
In our back acreage we have a private nature preserve where we have some pretty unusual native plants there and a pretty unique ecosystem. We have been cataloging the vegatation and have listed close to 250 savanah plants that are native here. That in itself has been a huge undertaking trying to learn who is who out there. We have also a bog and are very populated at times with many kinds of frogs much to our pleasure!
We can tell when the ecosystem is working right and when it is off balance much by the frogs.
Hemophobic: Yes it's Pieris Japonica Scarlett O'Hara which I purchased at Lowe's about 10 or 12 years ago. It must like it's place in the garden because I never do anything to it. Wish everything I have planted was that way lol
BlossomBuddy, my Phlox reach 5 ft as well and we're of the same zone as you and have poor soil too here on the farm. I had Phlox when we lived in town and they never reached such heights there. I guess it's the zone and the soil. That was the one plant I didn't get a good pic of last year.
We have a wild phlox here that just thrives and the domestic seem to love it here. The wild stuff is on gold sand. There is no top soil.. if you sneeze on it, you just dun blew my topsoil away.. that is how fragile the land is.
The phlox are pure heaven scent, well that is if you can smell them above the daylilies around here, but we sure do enjoy them.
My creeping phlox do very well to. Just wish the grass did not do better! Its war between those two.
Right now I am sooo looking forward to my daffs! They seem to enjoy my poor old flood plain here as well! I tried some up on one of the berms in back and am hoping for a show of naturalization there. But its only their first year so I have no clue what they will do there.
BLOSSOMBUDDY, I have 70 Gladiola bulbs on order and can't wait till they get here so I can plant them. I have to wait till April though before they get here. :-( Then I'll have to wait till around Aug & Sept before they bloom.
In 2007, I had lots of containers around my house. I had containers in the back on the patio, on the end of our side entry driveway and in the front. In the front, I had containers on the front porch and on the steps in front of the house.
It's an idea that I'm really thinking of repeating! :-)
A pic of the containers on the steps in front during late July 2007. The containers continue past what the eve sees in this pic and the next. I also had 7 containers on the porch that you aren't able to see in pic.
We have 41/2 acres, over 2 are woods if you count the sides of the property as well as the back 2 acres. We have iris beds in the old pony pasture, mostly medians & seedlings. A few non designed beeds near the house, they have been shaded out so have to figure out more shade plants, can't just depend on hosta which the deer murder. It is a long narrow property, old conservation land which was invaded by trees, bayberry & viburnum. The grass is old pasture grass which we mow, both otherwise neglect, not big on grass now that the kids & ponies are gone. Trail 250' crosses the property, used for riding, hiking & cross country ski. New England stone wall (which was there) along the road has daffodils on the road side. Looks great in bloom, but ugly as they go past. We're out back working with the iris anyway,
Sofonisba, I'm with you. I bought my house a couple years ago because I'd taken care of acre properties by myself before and I thought I wanted to avoid the hassle. Let me tell you, there's no hassle like inconsiderate neighbors that are right on top of you!! So, the next house I buy will be on WELL over an acre, I hope. The house can be tiny, but the land had better be HUGE!!
I have owned 120 acres and less and beleive me it does not matter how big the land is, there is ALWAYS someone that can always be inconsiderate. I just love it when I am out in my fields and here gun shot going off and I am having to erradicate trespassers with guns from hunting on my land or otherwise violating me. It is no fun no matter how big the land and rude just seems to be the way of the world these days. People just think they can do as they please and anytime. Or picking up trash or dealing with stray livestock and bad dogs or people in all terrain vehicles that think they can go anywhere too. People just have no consideration period sometimes and most have no clue as to the balance of nature.
I have your typical city lot. I really have to get some of the pictures I have of my gardens off of negatives and onto disk. I have a few pictures from a few years ago after a hail storm though. Not much to look at though.
BLOSSOMBUDDY, thank you. They're going in a new garden plot in front of the hay barn. As soon s it warms up enough I'm going to go out and dig up the sod and prep the ground.
Fabulous Daffs!!! I can't wait for mine to bloom, they're just now starting to emerge from the ground. YEAH, SPRING IS ON IT'S WAY!!!!
Fabulous pics everyone!
Thanks guys, well sadly, winter is back so I will not be seeing my daffs for a few weeks yet.. ugh!
On those glads, you can grow them in containers.. I have done that and it works very well and saves me the lifting in the fall.
I also put all my bulbs in nursery cans anymore. I will heel the cans into the ground, but boy and howdy, does that make for great finding them later when the transplant and lift needs doing and then it also help keep the moles out.
Heres todays weather looking out my back door!
This time of year I end up forcing things to bloom and right now have some wood cuttings blossoming in the livingroom. C'mon down to the Cut Flowers and Floral Design forum and see what we are doing there!
So beautiful everyone from the tiny balcony gardens to the huge Edens ...pity those who are not into gardening. What joy they are missing.
I am on 16 acres ...about an acre of garden ...not enough of course, but for now (due to water restrictions) it is a lot of work ...even though it isn't manicured ...more rambling country garden with many fruit trees out front where we get winter chilled winds off the Blue Mountains and a "Secret Garden" (ummmm secret jungle) out back, which is a warm enclosed protected area facing East ...here are the tropical treasures I adore ...Angels trumpets featuring large ...anything smelly that you can think of and tropical edibles. I love my garden ^_^
I have 7.5 acres here in Naples, FL. It is basically cut into three 2.5 acre pieces with the part with the house being rather formal with islands under the trees and zoysia lawn in between. The middle section has been cleared of the underbrush and I'm in the process of planting native and tropical stuff but keeping it all very natural. The last piece is as is where all my detrius goes. There are many hundreds of palm trees on the property and they all drop something sooner or later. The mountains eventually return to compost material.
Picture showa piece of the middle where m trying to protect the little plants I put in from an overnight freeze we got here. Didn't help much but they will survive. To the rear is the wilderness area.
LaLambchop, it's nice to have friends! I'm just drooling over those pictures of views of hills, and the beautiful rock landscaping. I have so many things I want to do with my little 1/3 of an acre, but with the neighbors being what they are, I think I want to just keep with the basics and move on in a couple years when the economy gets better. Then...watch out!
Corner city lot. Used to have more sun, but trees have exploded, so converting to a shade garden.
Here's a pic mid summer 08 of the back yard before the full growth peak. Behind me would be my semi - Bonsai Ficus kids - 25 & 35 years old.
Drumlin ->>>>I like that statement, "with neighbors being what they are"...gives me a little chuckle!
I have a few plants growing in my sandbog that are on the endangered species list...WE as a private landowner work very hard here to protect that sand bog and its prairie and those plants.
And with neighbors being what they are.. some people will do anything out of stupidity and ego to destroy it..
With some neighbors being what they are.. I wish the jails were bigger and they taught the prisoners the GREATER importance of what the words means when someone says NO TRESPASSING and give the caretakers more authority on better ways to protect it.
I mean its like what the heck, what part of the words NO TRESPASSING dont these kooks understand...its like one of my biggest pet peeves. People just do not give a rats potato about much of anything these days and the authorities.. well, they can be down right useless and ignorant too.
We all garden here. We all do it for various reasons. We like our plants. We like our environment and most of us like the value of nature..
Yes, the darned endangered species I have here is just a "weed", but that silly weed is of critical emportance and CRITICAL value to its and need I say OUR environment, as that bog on my backyard, well in this state is a rare ecosystem. .. but then neighbors being what they are, they just dont think about that. They wanna ruin land with RTV,s and dumping and just plain old having fun being the neighbors that they are..
I love my sand bog! Its important others do to. But apparently the people burning tires three doors down don't and think its just a waste ground and they dont care what they pollute or burn up because its all about them. Not to mention the other one dumping manure into an ajacent wetland upsetting that ecosystem that is endangered too...yup... people just care less about that poor little defenseless endangered weed that I got growing on here and probably won't until someone stands up from the conservation commissions...and pounds it in to them and sooo well let me tell you the fun of with what neighbors being what they are can be... OY!
A danged old dandlelion too is just a weed, but you know, without it, we have already lost a huge community of bees because people do not want it and well, without the bees.. oh how I can go on. But then people don't want to hear how important the lousy little bee and the bees sons are to the food supply in our lives anymore now do they. Well,guess when its up and gone, then they will listen.
Yup, people being what they are...don't that beat all.
Too me, this little fella says it all... he lives in my garden and in is hatched the sandbog and well, isn't his environment worth protecting? If he can co-exist in my domestic garden and be raised in the sandbog...why cant neighbors do the same?
Frogs are important to the ecosystem. They are indicators of how healthy it is!
If a frog does not have a healty place to be birthed in, the population declines. Can you imagine yourself without water? Well if a frogs pond goes stagnant, he will die. And if you do not have water.. well.. you cannot exist either!
Can you imagine seeing trillions of these little guys hopping about when they exit their birth place? I can, I have seen it! It is amazing! The frog exodus from the pond is one of natures astounding miracles! Gazillions of froglets hopping about making the ground look like it is alive!
This frog in my photo, when he is an adult, he is no bigger than the thumbnail photo you see! Can you imagine the billions of mosquitos that those little guys can eat? I can! Becasue when my bog is working there are very few mosqiutos! And when it is disturbed.. Oh my.
Oooo, BB, you took the words right out of my mouth. People just don't respect anything, they think they can do whatever they want. Actually, your experience is exactly what I'm afraid of if I did buy a larger piece of property. I'm really very territorial. I wouldn't DREAM of walking across someone else's property without their permission, never mind hunting or riding ATV's on it!! But other's think nothing of it. The vast majority of Americans are ignorant, over aggressive morons, sorry, they are. We instill "independence" in our kids, but forget to mention "respect others", because that might be seen as weak. *Whew*, Sunday morning, deep breaths...I'm sorry you're frustrated, but you're doing the right thing, and that's the best you can do. GOOD JOB!!!!!
Thank you! We try. Its a difficult thing dealing with the morons!
They realize not what they do.
Let me tell you something. A few years back the bog suffered. The mosquitos were terrible. We had West Nile in the area. I know because one of my my horses got it. We also had a miracle happen that year.. and while the mare got West Nile, She survived. She was 25 years old at the time and today she is coming 29.
Can you imagine if the bog did not revive? While that horse did get WN, the care we gave her surely was adequate because it is typically that most horses her age would have died. She out lived the odds and is still going strong.
Our vet said we were doing something good in our management for us to be blessed for her survival to occur. While down the road one of our neighbors horse passed away. Now you figure this one out...the year she got it, we gave no shots. The neighbor.. gave all the shots in the world to his and he lost his. Go figure.
My husband and I, we live outside...we get bit up too.. yet we got no West Nile...and that year, the mosquitos were thick. I mean thick like I had never seen it before.
So true BB, sadly so true. The quality of life can be so adversely affected by ones neighbors. You can pick out a beautiful house with everything you ever wanted but if you have bad neighbors it can turn into a living hell. All it takes is a good neighbor to leave or pass away and be replaced with someone who is self centered and indifferent, (aka moron). I’ve been very lucky so far in regards to my neighbors but am aware that ‘things’ can change literally in an instant!
I have enjoyed so much reading, and seeing photos of peoples places.
Gardens can truly grow anywhere a gardener is planted.
I have almost 7 acres. The lower half is left wilderness. There is a creek with beaver,owls,dear,hawks,raccoons, all live free. After all they were here first .
On the east we have a stand of about 50 very large pines.
The front is horse pasture, and the house sits on about an acre I use for my gardens. I have veggies in a picket fence 36x36 and flower borders on all the perimeters.
BB, I too have zillions of frogs in the summer. When the GK's come they love catching these little guys.
They catch a few then release them. We have a concrete cistern That holds 15,00 gallons of water and every time I lift the lid to check the depth of the water there's at least a dozen or more under it. I've had them jump on my chest, shoulder and head.
I have one of the little guys living here in the house for the winter. I don't know what he/she is eating but it's been staying in one of my house plants. One of my cats tried to get it the other night as it was on the dining room floor. I just picked it up and put it one of my house plants. I hope it survives for a little while longer so I can put it outside when I start hearing the frogs at night.
I just moved to my place in September, just in time to rip out some lawn and squeeze a few bulbs in and a couple of daylilies on clearance at the nurseries. It is a postage stamp, currently all lawn & deck. It's not easy to rip this particular lawn out as I found, I was so tired I didn't make it far. Out went my dream layout and in went the bulbs in their new compressed design. Dreaming of spring to get back to it.
My old yard was 1/3 acre. My exH was always yelling at me for ripping out lawn there but I needed more space!!!! ;) I miss that yard but look forward to cramming this one full.
Here is what we savor our sand pond for, it is the Sparganium americanum, otherwise known as the American bur reed. It is one of our endangered species of plants. It is also one of the habitat indicators that tell us how healthy the sand pond is. And when the pond is healthy, our frogs are happy! And when the frogs are happy!
I have half an acre, which is woefully inadequate because I seem to be growing 5 acres of plants on it. I rarely take photos that aren't closeups because it's hard to see more than 5 feet in any direction.
Thank you, I was kind of wondering since the the part of OR we live in is basically desert. Hot and dry in the summer, cold and dry in the winter. My furbabies and the other animals don't have to worry about fleas here either, TOO DRY! Hooray for the animals!
I would be so bored if I didn't have a garden. I love looking at everyone's beautiful gardens.