|A blue and white columbine blossoms in a bark-covered bed.|
|The beautiful pink bleeding heart reemerged this spring.|
|A newly-planted peony sits in the lower left-hand corner of the photo.|
That hope extends generally to the backyard. When we moved in to this house, we had a blank slate of wilderness. While we loved the view of the mountains, we also wanted to tame the yard a bit by planting a garden, trees, shrubs, and flowers, and by making areas where we could sit and enjoy the evenings. The photos below were taken in 2017 and 2018.
|The wildness of the mountains comes right down to our backyard.|
|The view from the swing at the top of our yard, looking west across the valley, shows the uneven land and wild vegetation.|
We have done a lot of work since then. We had the ground smoothed out a bit, and a dry creek bed put in. The fence went up, and sprinklers were installed. A shed was built. John designed and built a patio for a fire pit. He dug holes for soon-to-arrive fruit trees, as well as the holes for the lilacs and peony mentioned earlier. Most recently, he built garden boxes, complete with sprinklers in each box. He hauled countless wheelbarrow loads of garden soil from the spot to the side of the driveway where it was delivered, up the hill to the backyard garden boxes. Today, the view of the backyard is different than two years ago. I'm thankful (5) for progress, and for being able to see plans take shape.
|The same scene as above, but in May 2020. The contour of the land is smoother, and a fence, dry creek bed, and patio area are visible.|
|The same scene as the above westward shot shows the dry creek bed, patio area, shed, and garden boxes.|
|John smiling by the sprinkler lines after fixing the mixed-up lines.|
|A tray of seedlings sit outside to harden off before planting in the garden.|
|The garden boxes wait for planting time.|
|Mr. and Mrs. Quail scurry across the yard.|
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