Summer is fast approaching!

XinJiang adventures Part 4 coming soon.. but for now, a little intermission..

Since we were away on vacation for a big part of spring, we had a lot of catching up to do!  We wanted to redo the front yard and incorporate a flower bed, but planting before our vacation seemed irresponsible as we were away for three weeks.  Good thing too, because the day before I left, there was a mini blizzard!  So yes, after our vacation, our time's been split on working on the garden, processing photos from our trip, and blogging about our trip.

We've been out and about on the weekends, scoping out nurseries and garden centres, and adopting plants as we go.  Kel's had to reign me back a couple of times to keep me from bringing them all home :)  Neither of us have any gardening experience, so this will be our experimental year to see how well we do and what likes our yard.  This will be interesting!

Two of the six we adopted.

I forgot to take a before picture of our yard, but basically it used to be really shrubby and bushy in the front.  Kel took out most of them and we opted for smaller plants since they obstruct our basement windows.

Our little flowerbed in the front.  I can't wait for them to fill out the space.  Those red guys are going strong!  And yes, we deliberately put their tags in the soil near them so we can still identify them at the end of the year.

We planted a dwarf Korean lilac on the far front side of the house and gave him some zonal geraniums to keep him company.

And the bush next to them, the only survivor of this whole ordeal.  We have no idea what he is since we inherited him when we bought the house, but he has started to bloom.  If anyone can recognize him, please let us know.

And lastly, we're contemplating adopting a bunny for our front yard, but might not be until later when we expand out the garden.  What do you think?

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