The Rolling Green: An Introduction
Updated: Aug 21
Greetings guys 'n gals, and welcome to The Rolling Green. I am beyond excited to begin sharing my urban gardening and lifestyle adventures with you!
First, allow me to introduce myself. I am a 30-something year old plant and animal enthusiast. My boyfriend and I have been together for the past seven years. I am a proud fur mama to three spoiled kittos Sydney 10, Widget 7 and Simba who is just a few months old. I also entertain a slew of woodland creatures that frequent my backyard including birds, squirrels, deer, groundhogs and bats.
We purchased our home in October 2017. It's a modest 1000(ish) square foot bi-level located on a hillside, with a terraced double lot that dead ends into a small forested area at the rear of the property. Below are some photos showing where we started and the progress made thus far.
I've been working on the front yard as well, but we'll save that for a future blog post. ;-)
Backyard October 2017 When we first arrived the entire fence-line was wildly overgrown with perennial weeds, shrubs, trees and a monstrous Honeysuckle bush that had begun to engulf the shed.
Backyard May 2020 Fast forward a little over two and a half years. Removed some trees, shrubs, hacked the honeysuckle down to about 1/4 it's prior size. Added a galvanized steel raised garden bed and bird feeder.
Backyard August 2020 The perennial weed fence-line war is one we'll wage forevermore!
We recently moved the swing set off to the side and plan on breaking that down to remove it. The black basin in front of it is a water source for wildlife, and has a solar powered fountain that helps keep the water from becoming stagnant. I've had a tarp covering the patch where the tree and perennial weed stumps are since June. Hoping that by late fall or early winter those will have broken down enough for us to level the ground. Tentatively want to use that space for a backyard pond, so more animals can enjoy the water!
The bird feeder has been relocated to an area next to the shed because while I did enjoy the birds being in such close proximity, the gifts they so graciously left behind were not a compliment to my morning coffee. Had me looking like Jeff Goldblum in that scene from Jurassic Park every time I stepped outside.
And on that note, I'll leave you with this:
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Love, Light & Abundant Blessings
-Celesta Z. Lovegreen