Walk Outside

A major feature that attracted us to this home was the extensive back yard that runs along Church St from its start at Maple St to Rogers Ave. Here's some views showing the start and end of the yard.

We like to garden and, in previous years, planted several large vegetable gardens. We used a 75 ft. x 100 ft. area near the fruit trees that was very suitable for vegetable cultivation. The soil here is well drained, high in nutrients (pH of 6.5) and is rock free. To make watering easier and more convenient, we installed an in-ground irrigation system that runs from the main house to the gardening area.

The back yard also has two 8 ft. x 30 ft. planting beds that extend past the outbuildings. Here's where we've grown strawberries, asparagus, and herbs and replanted wildflowers selected from the local area.

In the middle of the property, there's a large wildflower meadow with a custom stone patio. This is a favorite retreat area that's surrounded by Leland Cypress trees and wildflowers which give this patio a quiet , secluded feeling. Like many other areas in the yard, there is electric and water available here. We enjoy listening to music outdoors too, so it's also wired for audio from the workshop.

At the end of the backyard, there's a small orchard where dwarf apple, peach, and pear trees have been planted over the years. 
The in-ground irrigation system runs here from the main house. Spigots are at the barn, strawberry patch, meadow patio, and in the garden area.

Alongside the property bordering Church St are mature Crepe Myrtle and Leland Cypress trees which we planted from clippings several years ago.

Plantings in the front yard include native wildflowers and various perennials. An added centerpiece garden contains cultivated day lilies from a local grower, Sterrett Gardens. Since we enjoy butterfly watching, we included plants to attract them and provide colorful enjoyment in warmer months.

We've spent many hours outdoors enjoying warm fall and spring days and cool summer evenings. Winters are never too cold (or snowy) on the VA Eastern Shore.