Far Out Flora

Popping in on the Neighbors

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Neighbor's back yard.

Neighbor

Is the grass greener on the other side? Well, our neighbors have been clearing out a lot of the junky weeds and getting it prep to do something with it. Their challenge? What to plant, little time to spend, & and not sure where to start… Well, we decided to jump over the fence to our neighbor’s yard to plant some stuff and do a little maintenance.

Before.

Before.

Before we get going here, I want to mention one of our regrets. I wish we took more pictures of our garden back in the day, especially the crappy looking parts. There’s nothing better than seeing an old pic of your yard and being able to say…wow…it real does look a lot better…I can’t believe that it looked like that back then.

That said, here’s their before picture. You can see a couple of the succulent cuttings that we plugged in last winter and that’s about it. Not too exciting, but it was a start.

Last February, they did a major attack on the hip height weeds that were smothering their yard and you can see that the baby weeds are coming back. First thing we did was just do a quick razzing of the sandy soil to get reclaim the garden again.

After

After

A little cleanup and it already looks better. Plus we planted a bunch of rejects that both Megan and I can get from work. The rejects are not bad plants…just not looking their ‘retail’ best.

Before.

Before.

On the other side of the yard, we kept the Zantedeschia which seem to be thriving on this shadier side plus the neighbors love them.

After.

After.

To keep the momentum going, we popped in some of our iris that we divided from our garden.

Before.

Before.

Here’s the Fortnight Lily (Dietes vegeta) that plucked out of our garden ages ago. We dug it out of our garden and put it at the curb for someone to take. Little did we know that our next door neighbors thought it was cool and replanted it in their space. LOL, we could have saved them a couple steps and just passed it over the fence.

After.

After.

Today, the north side is looking pretty sweet, and those Blue Chalk Stick succulents (Senecio mandraliscae) are coming back. Considering how fast they grew in our yard, they should quickly fill a lot of this space. We are trying to teach them a good solution to the “Hey, we’re on a budget and can’t buy everything at once and need bang for our buck.”

Here’s what you do: Divide plants that grow fast to get some good fill. Keep an eye out for freebies from your friends and neighbors. Keep looking for deals on anchor plants at your local nurseries. Over a short time, your garden will impress your buddies.

Our garden back in the day.

Our garden back in the day.

Our two apartment backyards are nearly identical. Ours above, man…I can remember back to when we were amazed how awesome it looked after weeks of experimenting with plants back there. I estimate that this pic was about 3 years ago.

Our garden recent.

Our garden recent.

Today, it looks crazy. One thing I can safely say is that if you think it’s cool now…wait a couple months. It always get better.

– Far Out Flora

12 Comments

  1. Wow! What a transformation, well done. That’s what neighbours should be about.

  2. Wow how lucky are they to have you guys next door! So is it common for back yards in your neighborhood to have that u shaped sidewalk?

    • I haven’t seen a lot of backyards in the Sunset, but those that I have…don’t have the U shape. I do know that both houses were build by the same people and both have a similar look. Also I would rip out that U shape sidewalk in a heartbeat if we owned the place. Matti

  3. both privacy and friendship.

  4. What a transformation! And isn’t it fun to share your love of gardening with others? The family across the street often admired our front gardens, and we encouraged them to plant one and offered to help, bu the wife always complained that she had “two black thumbs”.

    Well, they were having baby #3 and we arranged with her husband to surprise her with a garden just like ours while she was in the hospital giving birth. When they departed for the hospital, we got a hold of a bunch of day laborers we had made an arrangement with, and went across to build her a garden.

    We had to pull sod, dig out clay, and build it from the dirt up, Where we could, be divided our own perennials, and then we filled in the holes with perennials and annuals we purchased. Ian is now 4 years old and the whole family gardens now.

    It’s a great way to form a bond with others…. and spread the joy of gardening around. ;)

    • That a fabulous story, and what a great surprise for her. The whole black thumb thing…I think people who are considered green thumb people have just killed a lot more plants and have figured out what works from trial and error. Matti

  5. wow, that’s some vine your neighbor has growing in one of the background photos.

  6. That is so funny about the dietes. And great advice for getting started.

  7. I love forcing my garden agenda on other people! Especially your neighbors, because I’m sure you see their garden as easy as they do. Looks good guys…

  8. That is so awesome. You have some lucky neighbors to have you as friends. There backyard will be beautiful as long as they take good care of it like you do!

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