I am putting edgers along the perimeter of my backyard and I've been doing that the start of June. It takes a long time. I was doing about five edgers per evening, but sometimes I don't get any in. So this was my first set of pavers (crap, I mean, edgers...why can't I ever get this right) in June:
Two months later, the bed has grown as such:
I put some herbs (thyme, oregano, chives, and dill -- that's the overgrown stuff) and a few other plants that I can't remember. There's morning glory and a lot of volunteer sunflowers that grow from the seed that falls out of the bird feeder.
From this bed, I put pavers (ugh, edgers) in near the deck, but no plants yet. I need to think of some bushy plants that don't get a lot of light. There was a grape that I wanted to grow up on the deck, but the stainers smushed it and then tore it out of the ground. I guess it looked weedy to them. So far it just has my compost bin and the water bin.
I can't seem to find a before picture of the entire back yard, but here it is now:
The raised bed is going to come out at the end of this season, but I've been making my way down with the edgers on the right side of the yard and planting flowers as I go.
Nothing is really in bloom except for the sunflowers. Oh, and the neighbors planted morning glories so that's what's growing on the fence. Otherwise in my flowerbed, there's a red carnation plant, phlox, bee balm, coneflower, and some other things that I can't remember. All are perennials. I planted an urban apple tree, but I think it is still going through tree transplant shock. Such a sad thing.
And the last view is the little tiny bed over near the deck. I like it.
Some perennials. The white stuff is alyssium or something like that. The vine is a hyacinth bean. I planted them last year and when I found some seeds sitting on the ground this spring, I stuck them in and got a sprout. Catnip is in the basket. It was on the ground, but neighborhood cats kept destroying it.