A blog about the restoration, remodel and renovation of a 1929 Chicago-style brick bungalow

Garden Scenes

It was so nice today! Didn’t do much except for a little weeding. Last weekend I planted all the veggies in the raised beds but they’re not much to look at right now. I didn’t have it together to do seedlings so I bought a bunch of things including: 4 tomato plants, kohlrabi, kale, cabbage, Vidalia onion, and my favorite green, arugula.

The lawn is again looking like crap: lots of dandelions and weeds; I really don’t know what to do about it! In any case, once you look past the lawn, here’s a shot of the foundation plantings, a couple of hosta and a hydrangea I bought a number of years ago at the Native Plant sale and moved to this spot a year or two ago. It’s doing much better here.


Heading back toward the pergola (which I love!).


A couple views from the patio (under the pergola). One of my fave early-blooming native plants: Prairie Smoke. 2015052303  

And I love the contrast in color with this shrub (although I don’t remember what it is!).


We just moved the bench to this spot in front of one of the basement windows. It’s right across from the oak tree and is a nice spot next to the hydrangeas and still a little secluded in the garden.


Another shot of our metal garden sculpture, Purple Coneflower, in its latest spot.


And finally a close-up of our fountain with a brief visit from Mr. Sparrow.



  1. Jan on May 25, 2015 at 2:43 am

    Love that metal cone flower.

    • denise on May 25, 2015 at 10:07 am

      Thanks, I do too! Apparently so do lots of others because it gets pinned a LOT! 🙂

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