The Back Garden

Back garden spring
The back garden in spring is full of work still to do, but it’s beginning to take shape.

The back garden was the second garden we built at the Red Dirt Ranch. It started with the garden on the right taken from a design in Kitchen Gardener magazine. The center is a diamond with four triangles surrounding it. Two long beds were built next. Then, when I ran out of room, Bill built a mirror image on the other side of the main path. You can see the design better in spring. The paths were once grass, but the Bermuda drove us crazy. We had to weed whack the entire thing several times a year. We recycled this pea gravel from some volunteer work Bill did with the Boy Scouts.

Overview of the back garden in spring.
Overview of the back garden in spring. Can you see the diamond?

Later, in summer, both diamonds are very full.

The back garden and the back of our log cabin. Those white chairs really stick out. I need to think of a color to paint them.
One side of the back garden and the back of our log cabin.

This part of the back garden is probably twenty years old. It takes a long time for a garden to mature into your vision.

I love this shot of the back garden taken from the deck.
I love this shot taken from the deck. This is in June.

Even then, you find yourself making changes. Daylily season is Bill’s favorite. I love it too, but I also like other times in the garden. I love the climbing roses and the American Wisteria on two of the arbors. I love it all.

The back garden at daybreak.
The back garden at daybreak.

This is the view from the other side.

9 Replies to “The Back Garden”

  1. Stumbled upon this while researching hostas in Oklahoma. Love your photos. I live in South Central or South Eastern Oklahoma. I read the email from the lady moving to Blanchard. Loved it!

  2. You do have a beautiful garden. it looks a lot like mine crammed full of all kinds of flowers. You also have a great few of a lake, I bet the reflections in the fall are marvelous.

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