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Back Yard or Garden?

All photos taken on July 14, 2021. A lot has changed since then. Blooms and garden are mostly done and fallen leaves litter the lawns. Sigh.

Back Yard or Garden? © Tanka

Back yard or garden?

Depends on your point of view

and where you come from.

Either way, our oasis

is more than worth the effort.

Step flower box
Pink petunias, golden marigolds and blue lobelia
Petunias, my new favourite, no effort and no deadheading
The variety pack is the bomb
Non-stop begonia beauty
West privacy screen planter
petunia profusion
Vegetable or kitchen garden. Look at my 5 foot tomato plants
Vegetable garden with sparrow net. Lettuce has been harvested and replanted. No birds, but slugs, unfortunately
pink lamb’s ears, red non stop begonia and ferns
Rhubarb patch
lawn and back border

Published by kagould17

Not much to tell. After working for 3 companies over 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I had waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 7+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wants has been very fulfilling. Early on, there was a long list of projects in my “to-do” hopper and I attacked these projects with a vengeance for the first 9 months of retirement. Eventually, my brain told me that this was not what retirement was about, so it took me another 5 months before my industriousness again took over and I attacked another line of projects, this time somewhat shorter and less complicated, as well as many new projects related to the family weddings in 2016. After going hard for 6 weeks and 3 weddings, my body was telling me to relax, then the flu bug hit and as soon as that was done with me, my sciatic acted up. No rest for the wicked. In 2020 and 2021, the Covid 19 pandemic changed the whole retirement gig. I was lucky to not be still working, for sure. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may never become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

38 thoughts on “Back Yard or Garden?

    1. Hi Joni. My garden no longer looks like that and my lawn is covered with leaves. Another growing season ends to become a snowing season. Temps are still getting up to 18-20 (near 70F) which makes for a nice fall, but cooler times are coming. Love to you and yours. Have a great weekend and thanks for reading. Allan 🤗❤🤗

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      1. My pleasure. It has cooled off here as well. I welcome the cooler weather. Yesterday we had six deer and a fawn still covered in white spots eating the seed laying on the earth where the squirrels had emptied the bird feeder again. My husband grows a small garden as well. It is good therapy for everyone I think. Have a great weekend. Hugs to you both. Joni ❤️🤗💕

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      2. It really is and I never get tired of seeing them. There is a herd of twelve that live close. We have a stream which is a protected area in the woods behind our house. It is like they know we won’t hurt them. Take care of yourself. 🤗

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      1. Thanks William. There is some weird stuff going on with WordPress where people I follow have disappeared. Once I realize this, I have to go back in and find them. Hope all is well with you William. Allan


  1. What an impressive garden, Allan. This kind of oasis takes a lot of commitment and love, which I think comes through in your photos. We would love to have something like this one day, if we ever give up this nomadic existence of ours. I often wonder if I have a green finger or two, but have never had occasion to find out. My grandfather was a keen and talented gardener, so maybe I have some of that in me. I love the word deadheading, keep on keepin’ on.

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    1. Hi Leighton. Thanks for joining the discourse. My garden this year was the result of 30 years of trial and error. I do love getting outside when spring returns and watching the world green up again. Yes, deadheading is a cool word. I was better at it this year on my Marigolds and the petunias took care of themselves. Now, if only the leaves would rake themselves….Thanks for reading. Have a fabulous Sunday. Allan

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    1. Yes, it takes time to get things all set once you change homes. I am hoping to add some mulch to my garden to loosen up the soil a bit. Always something to do to make it better. Thanks for reading. Allan

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    1. Hah. I am with you. I have often wondered what a do over might look like. We are about to get the big white reset button. Trouble is, up here it takes 5-6 months to reset. Thanks for reading and commenting. Allan

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  2. I absolutely love your flowers! I love how you gave shout out to frame-switching between whether you say yard or garden. For me, it depends on if I feel more British or more American or Canadian lol

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    1. We always have a laugh with our friends from Sheffield who love teaching us new words that we can inject into our daily conversation to bamboozle other Canadians. Thanks for reading. Allan


      1. No, I haven’t actually, but then again regional dialects are so diverse in the UK. I’m not as familiar with Sheffield

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  3. Beautiful gardens appeal to our senses. The colours and immense diversity of design combinations, fragrances, flavours, sounds from birds and insects attracted to the plants and variety of textures can make us happy and content, but it can be a lot of work to get it right. From picking the right flowers to decorating your garden shed and keeping weeds at bay, there’s a lot to do to make your garden look like the perfect oasis, and you’ve done an outstanding job, Allan 🙂 Thanks for sharing, and have a nice day 🙂 Aiva

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    1. While the garden beauty in spring and summer is obvious, we can’t forget about fall and winter. The garden must also look beautiful under a layer of leaves or a mantle of snow. It does give us a lot of satisfaction, especially during our smaller life during the pandemic. Thanks for reading and your kind words Aiva. Allan

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