It was fall when I bought my house so I paid little to no attention to the plantings in the front and back yards. There was also regrading work to be done around the foundation, which I thought would mean I'd have to kill all the plants. Besides, I thought landscaping would be easy. How hard could it be to rip out plants and put in new ones?
Well, this whole yard work thing is a lot more time consuming than I expected. My grand visions of ripping everything out, regrading around my foundation and planting just the right blooms and leafy things to suit my taste have gone out the window. Life being what is, just mowing my lawn has been time consuming (I won't even go into the drama associated with the craptastic, now broken mower I purchased).
Instead I have been enjoying the weirdness of finding out which plants sprout things I like and which ones are actually just dreaded weeds. There were massive peonies in the front and side yards and a giant thicket of raspberries in the back (I should be out there picking a bowl full of them right now!). I quite liked my giant Martian spiky plants until a friend told me they were weeds. The purpley pink numbers pictured above form a large hedge between a neighbor's yard and mine. Until last week, it was just a slightly homely green leafy mess, but now it has bloomed and is quite lovely.
So for now, I'm mostly letting it languish. I figure interior designers often advise people to live in their home before they take on massive renovations. I'm going to do the same with my landscaping, but just wait until next year!