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Happiness meme_Day five

The neighborhood where I live was working-class when these houses were built back in 1961. They are well-built but unimaginatively-designed little ranches that came without sprinkler systems. Some have installed them, some, including us, haven't. There is a frontyard, courtyart and backyard none of which had ANY plantings when we moved in. The backyard has a lovely deck that came with the house and a gazebo my husband added. Otherwise, it's basically wild California grass Interspersed with weeds. The frontyard is vaguely okay, there's juniper and Lily of the Valley and at least I keep it weeded and the little bits along the driveway and the street are nice.

So now we come to the Happiness part...my courtyard. When we moved in it had a stockade fence which we removed and David built a sweet little craftsmen-esque one instead. The courtyard itself was dirt...just dirt. I was out there early this morning pruning, weeding, but not watering, that comes only in the evening, when I realized it was what I wanted to post about today. There's hawthorn, nandina, juniper, a flowering plum, and others whose names I've forgotten. Working there until it got to hot to do so any longer, made me happy. Every plant there, I planted. Every plant, every tree, well..every...everything. And all is watered by hand.

See. The view would be from outside our front door. Click-click for larger.

     

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shadownyc
Apr. 22nd, 2009 08:23 pm (UTC)
That courtyard is beautiful!!!

What a wonderful post for Earth Day. :D
gaeln
Apr. 22nd, 2009 10:08 pm (UTC)
thank you, certainly is my little piece of earth.
lastglances
Apr. 22nd, 2009 09:26 pm (UTC)
i wish i lived near somewhere that lush! it looks gorgeous and that's wonderful that you did all the planting and maintenance. sounds like my stepmom, the green thumb.
gaeln
Apr. 22nd, 2009 10:18 pm (UTC)
I'm having to rework how I water because they're going to ask us to cut back by 1 over the summer. We are in drought. I hope it still looks as nice when winter comes. I do like growing stuff, that was the one chore I did with my dad while growing up which may have something to do with it. Utah really is arid, isn't it?
lastglances
Apr. 22nd, 2009 10:29 pm (UTC)
we're always in a drought it seems yet people keep over watering their brown lawns. and yes, it's very arid here. i was looking at pictures of my school from 2002 and couldn't believe it's the same place. everything was much greener then.
ashmedai
Apr. 22nd, 2009 09:33 pm (UTC)
That must be fantastic in summer! I wish we had an area like that outside our door...on the other hand, I'd probably be sneezing until I blew my brains out my nose. LOL! Still very nice, though. :)
gaeln
Apr. 22nd, 2009 10:23 pm (UTC)
By summer it will be a battle to keep everything alive. We get almost no rain from May through November, sometimes even into December. And I'm allergic too. I had planted lavender and then had to pull them out, they were driving me crazy, I had headaches constantly. This is how we learn.
fansee
Apr. 22nd, 2009 10:36 pm (UTC)
The courtyard
Omigod, it looks like it's right out of Better Homes and Gardens. G-g-g-gorgeous! No wonder it makes you happy.

"My vegetable love should grow
Vaster than empires and more slow."

You have vegetable love, right there. FanSee
gaeln
Apr. 23rd, 2009 07:07 pm (UTC)
Re: The courtyard
thank you, it really is a nice place to be.
secretsolitaire
Apr. 22nd, 2009 11:02 pm (UTC)
So pretty! Thanks for sharing.
gaeln
Apr. 23rd, 2009 07:11 pm (UTC)
not a problem, thanks for commenting.
qbeeqt
Apr. 23rd, 2009 01:52 am (UTC)
How beautiful! Your courtyard is definitely HAPPINESS worthy!

Here, we are still at the 'bare branch with buds starting' stage!
gaeln
Apr. 23rd, 2009 07:27 pm (UTC)
and here I am already at the deadheading stage. Spring comes in a flash here, then it's summer until around November, early December when we might see some rain again. Lots of hand watering but it's worth it. Thanks for commenting, glad you liked.
arwensong
Apr. 23rd, 2009 03:10 am (UTC)
Wow, how wonderful! I love to garden and your's looks like heaven. It would be hard not to be happy there.

gaeln
Apr. 23rd, 2009 07:32 pm (UTC)
thanks, it is pretty sweet. I have chairs under the plum tree (flowering plum so no fruit) and the umbrella is always up to provide some shady for the plants along the walkway. In the middle of summer though when it's over a hundred out, it's a actually a little more like hell, but that's what they invented inside for.
herefordroad
Apr. 23rd, 2009 03:49 am (UTC)
these are great pics...thank you for sharing. it looks like a little oasis!

jeannie
gaeln
Apr. 23rd, 2009 08:37 pm (UTC)
and that's just what it is, a little oasis except, as you'd appreciate, in summer. Nice to see you around.
harka
Apr. 23rd, 2009 07:05 am (UTC)
What? This is your couryard?

Ohh, I can hardly wait to come home and read and see this post more carefully.
gaeln
Apr. 23rd, 2009 08:45 pm (UTC)
for contrast, I should post a pic of the backyard but it's just so embarrassing. I never go back there. Like
<lj user=herefordroad. noticed, the courtyad is like my little oasis.
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