Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Backyard_SM

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. Playhouse_SM 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.

9 comments:

whisperingwhispers said...

Sounds like a nice backyard. I miss have a backyard for Selena to play in. We spend some time out there but it is tiny surrounded by beautiful trees, but by the time we put her swing set back there and a little table there is not much space left. Oh well!

SANDRA said...

Your backyard and garden sounds wonderful. I can imagine you and your daughter will have many days treasuring the flowers and plants you grow.

Rebecca said...

That strawberry tree is so pretty!

MaryAnne said...

We chose our house because of the back yard also. I think it makes such a difference for children to have a space to play in right outside their own door!

Virginia Lee said...

Looks like she has a great backyard to play in.

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Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

It sounds very fun and inviting. And you knew a lot of the plants - you just listed 4 or 5! :) I'd never heard of a strawberry tree, and I have no idea what jasmine looks like!

Julie said...

Sounds like a beautiful backyard. I'd love to have a garden like that!

Teaching My Little BookWorm said...

love your walkway that is really nice! Sounds like you have a great garden! :) this season our summer was too wet and cool to have any garden :( hopefully next year!

Susana said...

Your garden sounds nice! We need something like that here:-). I always enjoy seeing the outdoor pics of Anna.