I like our yard. I like the shade garden in the back corner with a path leading to a bench.
I like the patio with the white wicker furniture and the green awning that we can lower on one side when it rains.
I love the magnificent Sargent crabapple and the red maple that we planted years ago in memory of the family dog, the late, great Rascal. The tree has grown so splendidly and it provides plenty of shade.
But, after visiting many gardens through the years, I know that our yard is missing some things.
• A koi pond and waterfall. Unless the freestanding fountain placed right off the patio counts, we don’t have an impressive water feature. Sure our fountain makes a nice gurgling sound when you plug it in, but a crowd is not going to gather around to admire it.
• A playset. A long-running joke in our family is that way back when our daughter was young, my husband researched playsets for so long that she outgrew them before we decided on the right one.
• Ditto for the trampoline.
• Daylilies. We have lots of hostas, including white-flowering ones. We have a mass planting of ferns in the backyard, too. But we don’t have any of these popular perennials in the sunnier areas of the yard. Please don’t tell our garden columnist Sally Cunningham about this shortcoming.
• An outdoor kitchen. We don’t have anything even close – but we do have a basic grill.
• A fairy garden. I somehow missed out on this trend, even when our daughter – the one without a backyard playset – was young. Maybe it was because she was too busy cheerfully playing with all the miniature creatures in her Littlest Pet Shop.
• No bottle tree. No arbor. No oversized outdoor wall clock. No wind chimes. No colorful spinners. No gazing ball.
But we do have just about the cutest rabbit, duck and frog statues under the sun – peeking out from here and there.
So what’s next for our garden? I’ll have to go to the bench out back and think about it.