This is a before shot of our side yard - the blackberries are on the far left side of the photo:
For those of you that have never had to pull blackberry bushes out of the ground, this is how you should expect to feel during the process:
Yep. I’m hating the blackberries at the moment. And then Kyler snuck up on me. This is me trying to smile despite my frustration (ha!):
Since no one has lived in this house (or pruned anything) in three years, the blackberry thorns, roots, and stems were huge. There were several knotty bunches of them tangled together, which had big long arms that sprawled everywhere, draped way over the bulkhead and twisted up into other poor nearby plants. This made it even more frustrating because when I would finally get in to prune just a single strand out, I couldn't just simply pull it out. They were long, tangled, prickly little buggers that stuck to everything - including me!
Overall, the best way to describe our garden is that it’s very …. old. In some good and not-so-good ways. It’s full of roses, which are pretty, but not my fave. I think I would like them more if they were different colors, but they are more granny style with light pinks and light yellows. But, you know what, they’re flowers, and we don’t have much going on in the garden right now, so I pruned the heck out of them and we’ll see what happens next year. I have a feeling once we get some other colors and plants around them, it will feel less like a granny-garden, but we’ll see.
This is a before photo of the rosemary tree - doesn't it look like it's going to gobble you up?
So we took all the stuff that I trimmed, pruned, or pulled out to the dump that same weekend. This was my first time to the dump, and it was nice because we were pretty much the only people there on a late afternoon. I felt like superwoman because I had pulled out all those weeds on my own! Kyle certainly helped haul everything from the yard to the truck (he was cleaning up and organizing the garage that day), but I was the one that did all that work in the yard that particular day. It was tiring, but it felt SO good!
Now that you know where we’re at so far, this is where we’re really going in terms of goals for our garden in the next year:
- Weed my heart out
- Then, fill some of that newly empty space with small trees or shrubs that will create a more intimate space for us since we’re so close to neighbors
- Add more color using bulbs, ground cover and other flowers
- Create a softer look that is less square. If you look at our house, garage, shape of the lawn and shape of the side yards, they are all rectangular or square in shape, and I want our garden to feel more cozy and organic (I'll show you some examples of what I mean in a future post)
- Incorporate edibles throughout the garden (instead of in just one bed)