We’ve been asked a few times what Derek’s landscaping work looks like. So I thought I’d post a few pictures and let you see this current project he’s been working on for his parents.
This is the front of the house. Derek put in all these plants that you see.
A closer view of the front — Day lilies, roses, tulips, and several other bushes Derek would know the name of if he were here! (I like those big furry-looking bushes under the window!)
The south west corner of the house.
This is a newer edition on the west side. The bushes towards the wall are magnolias, more day lilies, the spiny-looking one is a tiger-eyes sumac. Derek designed and laid the brick and rock himself. (Needless to say, I was IMPRESSED! I could never do that.)
The north-west corner and more of the west wall. The tiny tree right on the corner isn’t a tree, but a lilac! Hostas line the north wall.
Close-up of the hostas, and at the very end is a bleeding heart.
More of Derek’s brickwork; he laid most of the rock too! (My favorites are the variegated hostas with the white on them!)
A wind break of arborvitae. (Haha! I can’t believe I spelled that right on the first try!) As you might be able to see, Derek is still working on mulching around them with wood chips. Boy, will it look nice once finished!
The east side of the house is the most flowery! It’s a menagerie of colored iris, a peony, hostas, lilies, phlaux, and many more I’m forgetting. I’ve got to get you a picture of this bed when it’s blooming!
The line of brick is a new edition — it supposed to make lawn mowing easier without all those corners. Derek planted a few extra lilies you see there on the end. You can never have too many lilies.
What would you call this? A center piece? It’s an old plow in the middle of the lawn Derek landscaped around. A double mock orange is on the right. (Can you believe the flowers smell like juicy-fruit gum?) A lovely pink rose is on the left side, and there’s a smattering of decorative grass that comes up along the edges. It’s so cool!!!!
Another “center piece.” It was supposed to hide the well, but SOMEBODY threw in an antique lawnmower in the middle. I enjoy the bushy ever-green in the back. The dogwood with the lighter leaves has had better days — it just got a seasonal haircut.
So there you have it! When Derek isn’t gardening, this is what he enjoys doing in his free time — landscaping.