Just a Walk in the Backyard

I took a walk around the backyard about a month ago …

The Arch

The Arch

Looking west through “The Arch” at the far back of the yard. The tree died a couple of years ago, but it hasn’t finished falling and I have chosen not to cut it down. For now it makes an interesting arch.

Bridal wreath

Bridal wreath

We moved this spirea from a very shady spot in the back, where it was struggling under the weight of grape and ivy vines and its blooms were hidden, up to the fence along Hartland Avenue. It seems quite happy now.

A Sea of White Violets

A Sea of White Violets

White Violets and Ground Ivy

White Violets and Ground Ivy

The grass is full of violets, ground ivy (or “creeping Charlie”), false strawberries, speedwell, white clover, red clover, and other interesting flowering ground cover. Yes, I know some people call these “invasive weeds” and struggle to purge them from their otherwise pristine grassy lawns, but I like them so in our yard even the non-natives are “ground cover” and “weed” is reserved for garlic mustard, poison ivy, poke, and a number of other plants we don’t like. Perhaps my favorites among the ground covers are the violets. We have several species in our yard, all of which are listed in the plant guides as native. These white violets bloom a little later than the first purples, and continue to bloom much longer into the early summer.

Green Man on the Maple

Green Man on the Maple

Our Green Man watches over the small semicircular garden below the split maple.

Below the Wall

Below the Wall

The poppies were not yet blooming, but they filled the space below the wall and promised color soon.

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