Our yard isn't very big. The front of the house faces west and is very sunny. Jen and M. had planted some marigold seeds in pots for on the front steps a few weeks ago. Last night, when everyone got home from the niece's 8th grade graduation, they found that some kid had knocked both pots over - crushing the black eyed susans next to the them. Dirt was everywhere. We were sad and upset.
I just hung around while Jen put the dirt back into the pots. She found 6 baby seedlings in the dirt that looked like they might survive, so she put them in the dirt she could save and watered them. Now we need to buy more potting soil to make the pots more full. At least all was not lost. That made us feel a little bit better.
Our backyard faces east, and there are woods behind our house. It is very nice and shady. Someday we want to get rid of the wood steps that we go down when we go out the back door and build a big deck. Something more important always "comes up." When we planted seeds a few weeks ago, we also found a baby Japanese Red Maple under the Japanese Red Maple tree. M. dug it up and planted it in a pot so that we could plant it somewhere else when it got a little bit bigger. It is doing well.
Here are our woods. I'm standing near the Japanese Red Maple tree. We have a lot of wild violets growing there and some ivy. We are trying to keep the dirt from washing down the hill. I like the backyard - I feel close to nature and it is so much cooler in the shade!