Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Beautifying The Alley

The rains we've finally been getting are really helping my alley experiment.
I put "extra" plants and flower seeds in the alley.  I try to keep the weeds down, but do not water it at all.
The irises bloomed nicely this spring and now I have short dame's rocket plants, bachelor buttons and daisies blooming.  I've noticed other plants sprouting too.  I moved some day lilies out there this spring and thought they were going to perish, but they're very green now.  I know that the utilities may need access to the area.  There isn't anything out here that isn't in the garden too.  It's way better than grass or all weeds.  I mow the edge by the 'road.'  And, the butterflies love it all.


  1. Looks great and sure is less work than mowing all the time.
    Have a wonderful day

  2. You're right! It IS better than all grass or weeds :) What a great idea - color and pleasure combined in an unexpected place...

  3. Very pretty! Hopefully, any crews that have to do work back there will be careful around your plants. We can 'hope' anyway. :-)

    Have a great weekend ~ FlowerLady

  4. GonSS, I'm glad to see that you are getting some of the much needed rain. Your yard always looks good even with drought conditions. We have been getting a much needed reprieve from the rains. It gives me a chance to finally start working in the garden again. The deep mulch method has allowed me to work a little sooner than normal as walking on the mulch will not result in muddy shoes. My soil gets real sticky when wet. I was able to plant green beans a couple days ago so maybe this year won't be a total loss. I'm still going to try to plant cucumbers. I noticed my tomatoes were looking terrible yesterday. They are starting to dry up and appear to me dying. I suspect that many one of the neighbor's lawn services was spraying for weeds on one of those windy days and my tomatoes got a whiff of the spray. I'm not sure if they are going to recover or not. My other tomatoes at Terra Nova Gardens won't be ready until much later in the season.

    Have a great beautifying the alley day.

  5. A great idea. We moved our builder-grade hollies from the front of the house to the side property lines. We know they may get some abuse from the neighbor's kids/balls, etc. but it helps to define the area!

  6. Rain does make a huge difference for all of us. It looks great back there.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

  7. I'm glad you're beautifying it and helping pollinators too. If they cut it down later, you can always start again. Beautiful.~~Dee

  8. What a great experiment, though I suppose if you don't plant something you like you battle weed seeds all season.


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