Our urban garden

We finally had a couple weekends to spend pulling up weeds, stocking up at the garden center (we discovered a new favorite: Jackson Florist) and mulching, planting and finally, enjoying.

I’m admittedly a novice when it comes to gardening, but I’m excited to learn as I go. Last year, I had a pretty but short-lived balcony garden. This year, we have a full-on backyard, a patio with shelves for planters, a walkway with a little room on the sides for plants, and a cozy little “front yard” with a small birch tree and some hostas we inherited. (Most of the plants on the walkways were also already here when we moved in: we’ve got lilies, ferns, oak-leaf hydrangea and more.)

This year, I’m reading Gardening Made Simple: The Complete Step-by-Step Guide to Gardening (and thanking my lucky stars that Brandon knows what most of these plants are).

In typical Covington fashion, our yard is small — and for a beginner gardener like myself, that’s the perfect size! I’m looking forward to continue working on our cute little urban garden throughout the summer. Expect some more photos as things grow and change.

And now, some pictures:

Dog face
Esteban was very curious about our day of gardening. He’s also very photogenic.
backyard before and after
Our backyard, before and after our day of mulching and planting. We also put some pebbles down around the fire pit.
The patio includes built-in shelves, perfect for herbs and smaller plants. Mint left over from the Derby is going crazy!
More plants
We planted eggplant, tomato plants, parsley, basil, cilantro and lettuce. We trimmed back some of the ferns we inherited and moved some of them over to the backyard from the walkway.
Tibetan Flags
Brandon’s parents brought these back for us from their spring trip to Bhutan.
We inherited these pretty lilies from the previous tenants.
Hostas in the front yard
Our hostas in front are finally blooming!
More garden dog
Our garden helper, Esteban.
Commelina communis aka Asiatic Dayflower
Commelina communis aka Asiatic Dayflower. These are considered by some to be an invasive weed, but we’re going to let them stick around for a while.

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