A couple of weeks ago, we had a horticulturalist in to look at our backyard and discuss ideas for using it better, both from a practical and an attractiveness perspective. It was really useful, because it confirmed some things we thought, and gave us some new ideas.
These shrubs are at the top of the retaining wall. They were here when we bought the house. We’ve trimmed them a bit but that’s it really. Husby was most pleased when she recommended we get rid of them!
In fact, he was so pleased that he cut them out the very next day, first thing in the morning!
And despite my misgivings about losing some plants, she was right. We can now see our backyard from the outdoor dining area and from the loungeroom behind. It really does open up the space nicely.
To make it look a bit less spare (until we do the actual work in the yard) we’ve planted some petunias. Just writing that (not t0 mention actually doing it!) makes me feel so middle-aged, heh! I associate petunias so much with both my mother but especially my mother in law, who plants some every year.
Well, maybe they are a bit old-fashioned to me, but they do add some nice colour, which is appreciated right now given the grey old weather we’ve been having the past few weeks (I still can’t believe it is summer and almost Christmas!)