I've written before about the enormity of our yard and the excitement (slash apprehension) that comes along with it. And being 2 years into the homeowning gig we've deduced that slow and steady certainly is the way.
Our most current foray is the front yard. We've given our beloved Sycamroe tree a hair cut, dug out a small section of the front for a rocky sitting area of sorts and we're working on a rock border and walkways around the front area.
What that means for those looking in from the outside, is that our driveway doesn't get mid-day shade anymore (probably not the best plan for summer time - live and learn). Half of our now sweltering hot driveway is obstructed by a large pile of tan colored rocks, and our patio area is 3/4 filled in with those same tan colored rocks
In addition to all of the rock shoveling, dirt digging and tree swinging (we hired people to do the tree stuff), we do want some on-purpose, low mantenience, native plants. Buy 'on purpose' I'm referring to the opposite of our current mixture of weeds, grass, and "oh that's nice - what do you think it is" types of plants.
At some point I'll plant some pretty annuals along the rock border (*sigh* once I finish the rock border) but until then I'm thinking succulents.
Where was I going with all of this...ah yes, here
I was walking with Little Mr, Little Miss and my mom and we passed a few people working in their front yard- prepping for 4th of July company- and they had several succulents and I was showing Little Mr the ones that were 'poky' the ones the weren't and the ones that were my favorites. And out of the blue the woman digging in her yard says "Oh, you like that one. Do you want one?....Here you go."
If you haven't talked to any of your neighbors recently - go for a walk. Babies, toddlers, and pets make great ice breakers :)