The topic of the week at Mommies Wise Little Bookworms is In My Backyard. We bought our house a year ago, and one thing that attracted us to the house was its backyard. In the years of housing boom a lot of new so-called single family houses here were built with virtually no backyards. Now, I grew up in an apartment building, and I don’t think that having backyard is a must, but seeing those cookie-cutter new dwellings all bunched together always makes me depressed. I am very glad that we do have a nice backyard of a manageable size. It’s not big, but it’s very green, and the previous owners created a year-long flower garden. Something is blooming in our garden all the time, I just have no idea what that is. See, because I grew up without a garden I never really got into the gardening. I am hoping that over years Anna and I can learn together about gardening and hopefully grow something edible too. One of the disadvantages of our garden is total lack of any “useful” plants. We actually had to take one plant out since it turned out to be oleander – one of the most toxic plants in the world. Umm… not something that I really want to have in my backyard. I have no idea why previous owners thought it’s a good idea – they had four kids themselves. But we do love other flowers in our backyard – a rose bush, jasmine, lavender, strawberry tree, and some other unnamed flowering plants. And we love our playhouse, our pergola where we barbecue and eat in the summer and our sand and water table. We still plan to make some improvements in the backyard, but it’s really a wonderful place to play and explore.