So, now that our fence is finished (YAY!!!) I decided to take some new pictures of the entire back yard....and some of the growing things in the front yard. Please bear with me if you find these things tedious - or just feel free to skip this entire post.
My mutant rose bush. I say "mutant" because I once had 2 rose bushes here. One was a Peace rose (yellow/pink) and the other was a Home and Family (bright white).....so....how did they mutate into this??!!?? It does look quite a bit like the roses our backyard neighbors have, but there are a few differences....odd, but still a nice color.
So, that's basically a walk around my yard. In the flower bed that we just went through, there have also been seeds planted: pansies, johnny jump ups, nasturtiums, marigolds, different types/colors of daisies, and....crap....some sort of spreading carpeting flower in a purple shade (nope, forgot this one as well). All are ones that were suggested for shade/part sun areas, and that's exactly what this area is, so (fingers crossed) we should have some blooms in a few weeks. We also put some marigold seeds in the garden beds to help keep the bugs away....not sure how well it will work, but worth a try.
Tonight, after once again having to deal with a migraine, I played in my dirt. For some reason, I am more involved (and want to be more involved) in the care of the garden beds, so I spent a good 30 minutes out weeding and checking for bugs and keeping Brady from walking through them. He's good about ignoring the initial 2 garden beds, but is still adjusting to having the 3rd one in the yard and I've caught him going through it 3 times now....probably part of the reason the first round of cucumbers died - squashed to death by a 115lb dog!!!
Need to read through a few things and hunt up some potential future garden designs, then get back to canning and dehydrating....not that I'm a prepper, but I feel more comfortable knowing that we have food put aside should we need it....still aiming to make the homemade version of Pop Tarts.....re-read the recipe today and I definitely need to get some apples canned and ready....and will dehydrate some on the same day for healthier snacking....working up to making homemade fruit roll-ups...lol.