Okay, so these pictures are from last June, before we bought Pemberley. So, everything is lush and green (well, as lush and green as you get in the desert), the leaves are on the trees, and everything in general looks nicer than the current state of our yard. But, I put them here for context, so that the following pictures might make more sense. Maybe.
Our house sits on 2 acres, and I never knew how much I would love having a little bit of land. We feel so secluded, although we’re right on the edge of “civilization”. We’re not “out in the boonies” to borrow a phrase from my mother. It only takes 3 minutes to get to a grocery store. But we have a bit of seclusion and privacy which is very enjoyable to me. Boy, I used a lot of “quotation marks” in that paragraph.
One of the unusual things about our house is that there really isn’t a backyard. Our house is set right on the edge of a hill. So, all of the things that we want to put into the yard have to be placed in front of the house. Which is a little weird.
This is where I fantasize about putting in a future pool. I don’t know if it will be possible, but my brain tells me that having a pool on the side of the house isn’t as weird as walking out your front door and falling into a pool. But, you tell me… is it still too weird to have a pool in the front yard?
Just further out from where I want the pool is where Mr. Darcy is currently working hard to put in a large play set. We bought this last week from Costco and the kids have been playing non-stop in… the boxes. Seriously, HOURS.
On the other side of the house, Mr. Darcy is working hard to put in a vegetable garden. You should know, Mr. Darcy is a very hard worker. Right now the garden isn’t much to look at, but I bet by the summer we’ll have tons of tomatoes, squash, and raspberries back here.
If you scroll back up and look at the second photo of our yard, you will notice the driveway loops around, and inside there are plants and a little pond. The above picture is a view of this area looking away from the house. (We had to take out the tree because it was too close to the asphalt.) The plants are arranged in the shape of a heart. There are people that like heart-shaped things, but I am not one of them. Must. Demolish. Heart-Shaped Landscaping.
So, we are still trying to figure out what to do with this space. The pond is probably going to go because it wasn’t put in properly. Plus, toddlers and ponds make me nervous. I think we should fill the ground in with pavers, put a pretty water fountain/feature in the middle, a few pretty benches for seating, and some potted plants for greenery. But, landscaping isn’t my thing. What would you do with this?
And here is the biggest issue in the yard. If you scroll way back up again, you will see that we have a hill that slopes down from the left side of our house. There’s a bit of flat space on the bottom next to the road. But, it is a overgrown, tumbleweedy jungle down there. However, it is MY overgrown jungle and I feel the call to make it less of an eyesore. No idea how to accomplish that, though.
All my ideas on how to improve that area cost eleventy billion dollars. Or involve goats. If you have any brilliant scheme on what to do with a weedy hillside, I’d LOVE to hear them.
So, wow… this was a long post. Anyway, I love the amount of space we have in the yard, even if it has me stumped on how to care for it.