Garden Musings at Our Fairfield Home & Garden

As I stroll through the garden, I love to note the small evolutions that have taken place from year to year. Letting the lawn grow naturally into predominately clover and violets has been an effort but worthwhile. It took a few years of digging up nut sedge and plantain by hand, but now the clover has filled in nicely. In early spring, tiny purple violets bloom and accent the daffodils. I love the tiny white clover flowers in summer so much more than a pristine green lawn. And, the bees and butterflies seem to agree as well.

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Early morning at Our Fairfield Home and Garden.

 

 

As always, my garden helpers, Ellie & Max, keep an eye on me as I move about the garden. They are extra good squirrel chasers and delight in dashing from one end of the backyard to the other.

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My garden helpers, Ellie & Max

It’s the second year of adding to the back shade garden. Slowly my efforts are softening the impact of a neighbor’s fencing. While I love the added privacy the board fencing provides, it was all you could see for awhile. Now it is looking less obtrusive.

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The back shade garden at Our Fairfield Home and Garden

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A tiny trike planter has joined Old Blue.

A tiny trike planted with Marigolds has joined Old Blue, my original bike planter. After years of service, the old Sears Suburban yard cart has been retired and turned into a planter for growing! Patio tomatoes and lettuce are now planted in this old trusty rusty.Best of all, I can move and park it in a sunny location that the tomatoes will thrive in!

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Veggie cart at Our Fairfield Home and Garden

The side garden that leads into our gazebo is looking much better two years after a storm dropped a pine on it. Nature has a tendency to heal itself gradually and I helped that along by adding more sun-loving plantings. Filled in now, our privacy from the street has been restored by this little oasis.

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The side garden looking in to our gazebo.

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The garden is planted and producing!

After taking many of the plants outside for their summer vacation, The greenhouse looks quite empty and so much larger! I gave it a good cleaning while I could get in all the nooks and crannies. You can be assured that I’ll still have my coffee here each morning. Now there’s room again, I need to get my watercolors out and take advantage of the wonderful light.

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The greenhouse looks so empty now many of the plants are outdoors!

For the last couple of months we have delighted in watching two fox kits romping and playing in our backyard. Their mother made a den under our gazebo! Of course, each time I have tried to take their picture, they dashed off. When I was out gardening without my camera, the little fuzz balls came and watched me from about fifteen feet away! The picture below was taken by our neighbor. It shows the mother fox on her way to rustle up some dinner for her little guys. Now that they have matured a bit, the kits are off learning to hunt and staying put in the den when mom isn’t around.

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Mother Fox on her way to hunt some dinner up!

This HUGE Pileated Woodpecker showed up the other evening to peck out his dinner from a decaying tree trunk. He was so busy digging into that bark that it took thirty-some pictures to get just one where his head wasn’t a blur! With many feeders, birdbaths and native plant food sources in our garden, we have  constant birdsong. It is a lovely past time to sit out on our porch and watch them catch a meal, take a bath and tend their young.

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Pileated Woodpecker on a decaying tree trunk.

These are some of the subtle changes as nature works its wonders on our little half acre. Each year brings something new to enjoy and challenges to work on at Our Fairfield Home and Garden.

 

3 Responses so far.

  1. Linda Greiss says:

    I would to know more about how you transitioned your lawn to clover & violets.

    • Barb says:

      Hi, Linda!
      Although you can buy micro-clover mix to add to your lawns, I took the cheaper route. When we bought this property, we just stopped adding any lawn chemicals (the previous owner had used them). I sprinkled compost on the lawn each fall and dug up plantain, dandelions and nut sedge as they appeared. Once the suppressing chemicals weren’t applied, the natural clovers and violets started to emerge. In a few years, they spread and filled in the lawn nicely.
      Hope you let your lawn go natural, too! Thanks for writing!
      Barb

      • Linda Greiss says:

        Thanks for all the info! We don’t put any chemicals on our lawn. It is mostly weeds with bits of grass. Lots of dandelions. Different wildflowers also come up like johnny jump ups, bluets, etc. Bits of clover. No violets. We are in the country on 10 acres. About 2 1/2 acres around the house that gets mowed. The field gets mowed for hay.

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