The best yard on the block

In case you’re wondering, it’s not mine.

I’ve been keeping busy next door at the Mother in Law’s and the beds are much cleaner over there, the shrubs are much neater, the lawn has fewer weeds, and the grass is a much lusher green.  She gets compliments on her lawn.  I don’ fall lawnThe effort I put into watering and trimming and fertilizing over there just doesn’t seem worth it in my own garden.  I get too distracted by my own cool plants and pay more attention to them than to the dumb old grass and azaleas.  Someday I might try for the nicest lawn on the block, but for now I’m much happier with my crowded buzzing flower beds and my mixed up, colorful foundation plantings.

Many plant lovers have excellent, beautifully designed gardens, I’m just saying I’m not there yet 😉

17 comments on “The best yard on the block

  1. pbmgarden says:

    This looks nice but I’m with you on the grass. It’s low priority here.

    • bittster says:

      Yeah. One of my neighbors is out every other day it seems trimming the edges and giving it a little water two days after a downpour. I guess it keeps him off the streets 😉

  2. Amy Olmsted says:

    The best gardens are never the neatest…they are always the ones with drifts of one and swaths of two. Lawns full of clover & dandelions buzzing with honey bees. Edges seeding in with Primula, Dianthus & Trillium. Those are the most interesting and fun gardens.

    • bittster says:

      That sounds like a garden I’d like to visit!
      I was next door today considering where I could put a nice drift of Stella d’oros. I’m going to sneak them in this fall- she won’t want to come out in the cold and tell me to leave plenty of mulch showing between them!

  3. A ‘lawn’ is just grass…where’s the fun in that? Mine’s mostly white clover 🙂

  4. Cathy says:

    Our lawn has hardly got any grass in it at all! Just clover, daisies, moonflowers, ajuga….. I think perfect lawns are nice in the right setting, but if I was a bumble bee I’d hate them.

  5. Lawns are boring. She may have the best lawn, but that is not the same as having the best garden. Using that criterion my yard does not come out well at all.

  6. Annette says:

    Not my type of thing, but I guess the lawn is nice if that’s what you like. I much prefer your garden, Frank, full of interest and character. It’s not sustainable to spend that much time, effort and money on a lawn which supports virtually no wildlife.

    • bittster says:

      It is awfully boring over there. It’s neat but you look at it once, see it, and are done, and you’re right, it’s a wildlife desert. At least this year I lied about putting down the grub killer. now the starlings might find a meal and the earthworms will not all be poisoned.

  7. The last time my lawn was the nicest on the block was when I had the sod installed. Now there is barely any grass for all the weeds. 😀

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