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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 22, 2012
3:38 PM

Post #8978037

Here I go again. Lots of work to do on the garden and the house. Some pictures to show what I have to work with.
First a blurry picture of the jay that comes to the yard. He is perched on the little shed.
Whoops he is in the wisteria.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 22, 2012
3:42 PM

Post #8978038

The new little house. Built in 1942. Probably for the sailors during WWII and all the people who worked in the shipyard.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 22, 2012
3:44 PM

Post #8978042

Further to the right. Extremely large silver maple tree that I think was made into a stump and allowed to regrow.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 22, 2012
3:47 PM

Post #8978047

And to the left side. Camelia in the front yard and a pink dogwood further down the side.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 22, 2012
3:50 PM

Post #8978054

Again on the left side. A large rhodie, a red maple that is a brother to the one I had at Alderbrook.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 22, 2012
4:09 PM

Post #8978077

The picture above also sort of shows the flower bed all the way down the left side to a HUGH Laurel in the back corner. There are golden chain trees, quince, phlox, roses, epimedium, blackberries ugh, a yew that is about eight feet high, lilies and lots of weeds. The rhodie used to be about 12 feet high but some renters cut it down. I think it is Flora pleno. It is more purple and blooms consistantly and bountifully. I had one at Alderbrook also.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 22, 2012
4:15 PM

Post #8978090

This is the Laurel that is eating Kitsap County and will be cut way back or eliminated entirely. Not sure yet.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 22, 2012
4:21 PM

Post #8978102

This is across the back fence. Love that fence. An apple tree with horrible apples. An osier red twig dogwood and the wisteria that is eating Bremerton. It has huge long flowers and is just covered with bloom every year. It will be pruned. The little shed was built by DH and I for my DD about twenty years ago. Not big enough for all my stuff but still in pretty good shape. Need paint.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 22, 2012
4:24 PM

Post #8978107

The back door and small deck. Faces due south. Lots of sun in the back yard. With the dining room window and the kitchen window.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 22, 2012
4:31 PM

Post #8978116

Backyard out ot the front. White lilac on this corner and the far one also. A small bed under the far lilac.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 22, 2012
4:34 PM

Post #8978119

A territorial view to the northwest. This will be all for today. These pictures were all taken last summer while we were moving in. I have some of the inside and then some newer ones for later.

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mlmlakestevens
Lake Stevens, WA
(Zone 8a)

January 22, 2012
5:44 PM

Post #8978204

Willow that house is great. I absolutely love the blue porch. You are going to have such fun gardening there, I bet you are off now drooling on some catalogs! I just did what it said in a garden design book- I printed an 8 1/2 x 11" photo of the front of my house, and got tracing paper and colored pencils, to try to visualize what to do when I rip out the ivy and climbing hydrangia. Should be fun. It's amazing how difficult I find the decisions now. When I was a renter I was perfectly satisfied with "whatever", now I seem to agonize over the smallest thing. I just wasted an hour trying to decide about what style curtain rods to get. Keep us posted on your place.
mauryhillfarm
Vashon, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 22, 2012
6:21 PM

Post #8978247

Willow, what a great house and yard, with plenty of space and sun for gardening in! I love the lilacs. I bet that smells fabulous in the springtime. I look forward to seeing the transformation into a beautiful place as you add gardens and make it your own with your incredible creative touch. How is your family doing?
summerkid
Rose Lodge, OR
(Zone 8b)

January 22, 2012
6:22 PM

Post #8978248

Willow, that is adorable! So this is a house you used to live in? Have you had any trouble adjusting to being in a more populated area?
BeaHive
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8a)

January 22, 2012
6:25 PM

Post #8978255

Love the new house. So much room to develop a new garden. Can't wait to see the transformation take place.
springcolor
Lake Stevens, WA

January 22, 2012
7:08 PM

Post #8978302

Willow,
What a great house and garden. Love the shed. Thank you for sharing on a cold and gray day. Looking forward to more.
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 22, 2012
8:23 PM

Post #8978381

So fun. I should look at my own place as a "new" project and wonder what I might come up with.
kosk0025
Salem, OR
(Zone 8b)

January 23, 2012
5:05 AM

Post #8978576

It's beautiful. I can imagine a full cottage garden with the white picket fencing and the beds going up the driveway. It's nice that there are some mature trees and shrubs to work with. Most importantly, how's the soil?
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 23, 2012
10:02 AM

Post #8979077

Hello everyone. The soil here is fantastic. Years ago the people who lived here had a large garden and they must have done good stuff to the soil.
I'm having no trouble adjusting to living in town. Our near neighbors are a young couple with twosmall children. They are very nice and he is a fireman. Their boy Justin is my buddy. They have a boxer named Dozer. Very well behaved but I think he thinks my toy poodles are rabbits.
My daughter owns this house and she lived here for 13 years before she bought a bigger one. It was rented for about 6 months and then has set vacant for 5 or 6 years. So I feel at home here. We did a lot to the inside. New kitchen and bath and lots of paint.
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 23, 2012
3:12 PM

Post #8979544

Here are some inside pictures. From the front door over to the dining room. Not very far.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 23, 2012
3:14 PM

Post #8979549

Corner of the living room. These were taken while we were moving in, so we were like camping out.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 23, 2012
3:16 PM

Post #8979553

Close-up of the dining room.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 23, 2012
3:19 PM

Post #8979559

One side of the kitchen. We have real lath and plaster and real oak floors.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 23, 2012
3:21 PM

Post #8979565

The other side.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 23, 2012
3:23 PM

Post #8979572

The 'large' bedroom which I use as an office and DH uses it for a dressing room and it is also a TV room.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 23, 2012
3:26 PM

Post #8979577

The little bedroom where we sleep. We got a double-decker bed for the dogs so they both sleep at bed level on my side but not on the bed. That helps. The cat still sleeps on the bed.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 23, 2012
3:28 PM

Post #8979578

And these are our new twin great-grand daughters with their grandfather, our son Patrick.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 23, 2012
3:32 PM

Post #8979583

And with our granddaughter. The girls are named Bailey and Tenley.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 23, 2012
3:34 PM

Post #8979585

And four generations, plus Mindy in her sailor tee.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 23, 2012
3:36 PM

Post #8979586

And moi just lovin 'em

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 23, 2012
3:40 PM

Post #8979591

Here's a better picture of the jay. See his coloring? I've never seen one of these before.

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springcolor
Lake Stevens, WA

January 23, 2012
7:29 PM

Post #8979940

Your house is wonderful!! Lots of nice sunny windows and a white Kitchen. I have one too just love the white! The girls are adorable and a hand full i'll bet.

The Jay looks to have a white breast. Never seen one like that either.
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 23, 2012
10:08 PM

Post #8980054

Willow, it that a 'real' blue jay rather than our local stellar jay? I've never seen one around here either. I call our guys blue jays anyway, they are so very blue how can it be wrong?

Nice tour of your new house and garden - reinforces my intention to get serious about ditching my Dad's extra belongings and my own as well.
PNWMountainGirl
(Sharon)SouthPrairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

January 24, 2012
7:29 AM

Post #8980379

Thanks for sharing your new world, Willow. You have a wonderful start in all of it and we will look forward to seeing you make it even more your own.

(I believe your jay is actually a Western scrub-jay. They don't always get this far north.)
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 24, 2012
9:44 AM

Post #8980539

Thanks for your comments and the ID on the jay. There are two of them so I hope they nest around here. I also bought some birdseed and suet to help keep them around. I wasn't going to feed the birds here but I sure have a lot of them
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 25, 2012
11:35 AM

Post #8981908

Some pictures taken around the yard lately. The pink dogwood with hellebore and the epimedium in the background. This is the long bed that goes all along the wall. It is on the east side of the yard.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 25, 2012
11:40 AM

Post #8981913

Another picture of the Laurel in the southeast corner. And a skinny little cedar. I gave this to my daughter years ago. It either grows very slowly or it's having trouble.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 25, 2012
11:45 AM

Post #8981919

This different cedar was about a foot tall when I found it growing in Union on the golf course and we planted it here. It's doing very well.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 25, 2012
11:47 AM

Post #8981920

This will all be flowerbed again one day.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 25, 2012
11:50 AM

Post #8981922

As well as this spot. It has one peony and some hen n chicks that servived.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 25, 2012
11:51 AM

Post #8981923

The bird tree

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 25, 2012
11:54 AM

Post #8981924

I brought this grass over here with me. It has doubled in size since I put it in a pot.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 25, 2012
11:56 AM

Post #8981928

A beautiful sunset taken from the back porch.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 25, 2012
11:57 AM

Post #8981929

The large deodora cedar in the front yard.

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springcolor
Lake Stevens, WA

January 25, 2012
4:40 PM

Post #8982274

Looks like fun. Lots of open spaces to fill. The sunset is beautiful, when did you take that picture!
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 25, 2012
5:15 PM

Post #8982301

I took the sunset picture a few weeks ago. This one is the first one I took just a few seconds earlier. Looking out over the Olympics

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springcolor
Lake Stevens, WA

January 26, 2012
8:57 AM

Post #8982911

With a view like that you guys will be spening lots of time on that back deck. So beautiful. Mother nature is the best painter!
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 27, 2012
5:05 PM

Post #8984692

Now I will tell the adventure of the deodora in the front yard. One year it will have pollen cones and everything in the neighborhood turns yellow. Horrible stuff. The next year it has large pitchy cones that fall off the tree and come completely apart. Very messy. So---------

Down she comes

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 27, 2012
5:09 PM

Post #8984699

In the picture above you can see another deodora on the right side in neighbors yard. That's two houses up. The neighbor near us also had the same tree. The stump of that one is where the orange pumpkin thing is. We had our stump ground up and now I have a huge pile of mulch to add to the new flower beds.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 27, 2012
5:10 PM

Post #8984701

Busy bees

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 27, 2012
5:14 PM

Post #8984705

These guys were really good. I have one branch missing on a vine maple that was under the tree that's all. They did it for a very good price too. Way less than anyone else. Our son Patrick is in the red shirt and he is taking all the wood.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 27, 2012
5:15 PM

Post #8984706

The tree had two tops. The one up the hill has three tops.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 27, 2012
5:17 PM

Post #8984709

Lots of firewood.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 27, 2012
5:22 PM

Post #8984712

The next day he came back and ground up the stump. Took out the small holly on the corner that hung out over the sidewalk and ground that stump also. I miss that beautiful tree but it was just too big and messy. The limbs were going over the roof and across the sidewalk. Must make new plans. Definately need some planting along the wall.

Amber in the rain and wind.

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springcolor
Lake Stevens, WA

January 27, 2012
8:23 PM

Post #8984905

Well, trees like that are great but not close to your house. What a big job. This opens up lots of options! Amber is a cutie! Mom let me in its wet out here!
mauryhillfarm
Vashon, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 27, 2012
10:38 PM

Post #8984990

Oh my. Now I'm wondering what trees I am planting now that will become problems to someone in the future and will be taken down. Deodara cedars are so pretty and graceful, I'd been considering the option of planting one, but hmmm. It is really hard to envision the true mature size of a large tree.
kosk0025
Salem, OR
(Zone 8b)

January 30, 2012
6:12 AM

Post #8987745

Thanks for the photos! Beautiful twin babies! Makes me want to have another one, but 3 is enough for me for now.

Scrub jays are very common here at around 500 feet - 1000 feet elevation. Always had a pair in my previous yard in Portland (500 feet), as well as here in Salem (750 feet). I love them, too.
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 30, 2012
10:15 AM

Post #8988113

The jays are now coming to eat the seeds and suet. I just love that they are here.
Jan23
Salem Cnty, NJ
(Zone 7b)

February 2, 2012
4:05 PM

Post #8992523

Beautiful house and yard. I know you will have fun filling it up.

Beautiful babies!!! Twins are such fun. Mine are now 33 and fathers. Love generational pics.
mauryhillfarm
Vashon, WA
(Zone 8b)

February 18, 2012
5:42 PM

Post #9011478

hi Willow, I was just revisiting this thread to see the spaces in your yard that might be worked on in a group DG effort later this Spring. What an adventure taking that huge tree down, but I see it opens up a lot of space and brings in the sun.

Your twin great-grandbabies are absolutely darling and their mother radiant! I also love the four generations photo.
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

February 19, 2012
5:51 PM

Post #9012501

Hi mauryhill, I drew a tentative plan for the front today. Hopefully I can get it laid out and bring some dirt in soon. I am going to re-do the front walkway so I should do that first.
mauryhillfarm
Vashon, WA
(Zone 8b)

February 19, 2012
11:33 PM

Post #9012771

It will soon feel even more like home as you have your ideas gradually become reality. A front walkway is important, since it welcomes you in. I've been working on a front walk a bit at a time over the last 2 years, and it really is satisfying to step onto those bricks after a long day at work and traipse up to the front door without fighting the weeds and the puddles.
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

February 20, 2012
9:45 AM

Post #9013319

This walkway is cracking up and slanted toward the sunken driveway. It feels weird to walk on it and totally unsafe. Very narrow. Hopefully I can use the broken-up concrete for stepping stones elswhere. It is aggregate, I like that.
mauryhillfarm
Vashon, WA
(Zone 8b)

February 20, 2012
12:20 PM

Post #9013538

Uneven and dangerous sounds bad. That is definitely a priority. Remember to leave some projects for us to help you with! You don't have to have it all done before we get there to help out.
I've used broken concrete for several things, a patio, a low garden wall and garden border. Aggregate is definitely a nicer look than plain concrete. The best thing is it's been a free resource. I did my front pathway with cobblestone pavers because I wanted it to be wide and easy to walk on for my mother who has balance issues.
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

February 20, 2012
3:36 PM

Post #9013793

I have big black rocks along the backyard bed and I want to eliminate that and use the rocks in the front. That will be fun LOL I'm just going to plant shrubs down the wall in the back with no actual flower bed. Have to take the plants out that are along the walkway. There is lots to do. I have roses to move and a new bed to make for them.
mauryhillfarm
Vashon, WA
(Zone 8b)

February 21, 2012
11:00 PM

Post #9015443

The rocks sound like a big job, but will be worth it to arrange your beds how you would like them. Are you planning to bring some of your plants from your other house?
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

February 22, 2012
9:56 AM

Post #9015894

Yes, I brought some while we were moving and I'm going out there in March to get some more. Starts of all the hostas and hellebores, two maple trees and a small elm. Some sedums. The rocks are all small enough to carry. DD and I hauled them in here from a quarry in Belfair. I can get those moved.
mauryhillfarm
Vashon, WA
(Zone 8b)

February 24, 2012
3:32 PM

Post #9018703

Good thing the rocks are of manageable size! I'm glad you are bringing some plants and their offspring to your current home. It will be kind of like having old friends around you along with the new.

Another thing...I was wondering what material you are planning to make your new front walkway out of.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

February 24, 2012
4:29 PM

Post #9018774

For the actual sidewalk, aggregate concrete. For the path in the new flower bed I have been thinging of the pathway gravel they have now.
Open to suggestions.

Had to have my 18 year old Shadow cat put to sleep on Wed. She had kidney disease and had only two months or so to live. We laid her to rest in the backyard. While digging the hole I discovered I have about fifteen inches of the most beautful fluffiest black soil I have ever seen. You could dig it with your hands.
PNWMountainGirl
(Sharon)SouthPrairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

February 24, 2012
6:35 PM

Post #9018924

Even the blackest of clouds have a silver lining. Sympathy about your cat, Willow!
mauryhillfarm
Vashon, WA
(Zone 8b)

February 25, 2012
7:36 AM

Post #9019357

I'm so sorry about your kitty. :-( Such a long-time companion is hard to lose, and even with the illness and little time left, a tough decision.
Deep soil like that is rare around here. Every garden I ever started was mucky mud in the Winter, hard baked clay in the Summer, and took years to get anywhere near fluffy soil (and even then only a few inches of it).
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 9, 2012
10:52 AM

Post #9117336

Going to bring this thread up again and up-date things. Will be back soon. This is the pink dogwood and the neighbors golden chain.

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summerkid
Rose Lodge, OR
(Zone 8b)

May 9, 2012
2:25 PM

Post #9117552

Golden chains look so exotic to me -- are they fragrant?
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 9, 2012
2:37 PM

Post #9117562

I just ran out in the rain to sniff. Didn't smell anything. Will try it when the sun shines.
A picture of the forsythia.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 9, 2012
2:39 PM

Post #9117566

Hen and chicks that survived with a peony behind them. This peony is dark red and has beautiful fall color foliage.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 9, 2012
2:42 PM

Post #9117570

This flower bed had white hyacinth, white bluebells, white tulips and white with pink tinge tulips. The hellebore is a pale pink and I will have lots of seeds soon if anyone wants them. And Mindy's butt.

Also blue grape hyacinths and chin-----dox? bulbs

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 9, 2012
2:47 PM

Post #9117577

a few die-hard daffs. Tiny ones are tete-tete I think.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 9, 2012
2:48 PM

Post #9117579

The current. It is really pretty. About six feet tall.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 9, 2012
2:50 PM

Post #9117583

The quince. I have a ton of these starts. Also golden chains and laurel starts.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 9, 2012
2:53 PM

Post #9117588

The apple tree I pruned and it flowering. I hope the multiple works

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 9, 2012
2:54 PM

Post #9117590

The neighbors flowering cherry

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 9, 2012
2:56 PM

Post #9117592

Another neighbors flowering plum
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 9, 2012
2:57 PM

Post #9117593

Whoops try again.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 9, 2012
3:00 PM

Post #9117598

A pretty border across the street. Now I am sitting at my computer and when I look out the window I see a yard with a pink dogwood, pampas grass and lilac. All these beautiful things sure help my view.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 9, 2012
3:02 PM

Post #9117601

An up-close on the apple bloosom.

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Jan23
Salem Cnty, NJ
(Zone 7b)

May 9, 2012
3:10 PM

Post #9117627

Just loverly, dear!
PNWMountainGirl
(Sharon)SouthPrairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

May 10, 2012
10:02 AM

Post #9118583

Coming along nicely!
kosk0025
Salem, OR
(Zone 8b)

May 11, 2012
8:47 PM

Post #9120532

Looks great!
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 15, 2012
2:16 PM

Post #9125076

This is what the huge laurel looks like now. I have that large area of bare ground that I might as well make into a flowerbed. Don't you think?

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 15, 2012
2:19 PM

Post #9125079

The front of the house with the Rhodies blooming. Have to remove the largest one because it is in front of the faucet access. Will move it over to the other side of the driveway.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 15, 2012
2:21 PM

Post #9125082

A close up

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 15, 2012
2:22 PM

Post #9125084

More of the front.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 15, 2012
2:26 PM

Post #9125090

Always wanted one of these.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 15, 2012
2:28 PM

Post #9125094

And the wisteria. Not blooming so well this year. It needs to be totally pruned.

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BeaHive
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8a)

May 15, 2012
3:00 PM

Post #9125126

Your garden is really looking beautiful.
summerkid
Rose Lodge, OR
(Zone 8b)

May 15, 2012
4:57 PM

Post #9125236

Wow, that property has really turned out to be a great garden, hasn't it? It's just as nice as your old one, with just as much potential, which is saying a lot.
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 15, 2012
6:24 PM

Post #9125324

Thank you for your kind words. I am excited about it.

I read on DG, an article on Golden Chain trees. He said they have a soft fragrance. I learned a lot about them that I did not know.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 15, 2012
6:42 PM

Post #9125341

Found a maple tree about 7" tall in the bed I was cleaning. Just what I wanted. Found two seedling from the neighbors 40' tree also. And I found two starts from the huge maple that is on the right side of the house. Also found several Mahonia and two hazelnut bushes. Love that.
mauryhillfarm
Vashon, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 15, 2012
10:36 PM

Post #9125547

I love the blue flowers flowing over the wall, and all your Rhodies in bloom. It is sure fun when you make discoveries of plant seedlings that have volunteered. That way you know they like the conditions so much they chose your garden to grow in.
mauryhillfarm
Vashon, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 28, 2012
9:37 PM

Post #9142609

Hi, Patricia. It was great meeting you today, weeding together and getting the house and yard tour. Your soil was so easy to pull most of the weeds out because it's deep and loamy. I hope I didn't yank out anything that was supposed to stay. I'd love to come back again sometime in the summer if my course-load allows. Maybe a few other DG folks could make it then too. After we left I thought I should have had Harley go out to haul some bags of compost home for you since we came in the truck. Next time we could do that.
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 29, 2012
4:42 PM

Post #9143904

Hi, I enjoyed your visit also. That big bare space looks good to me. That would be good way to get some compost over here. Here's a good picture of you two.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 29, 2012
4:44 PM

Post #9143906

And I'm glad you got to meet the twins. They are a year old already. They seem to be made of porcelin, so beautiful.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 29, 2012
4:49 PM

Post #9143914

Proud Grampa. Pretty girl.

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Jan23
Salem Cnty, NJ
(Zone 7b)

May 29, 2012
5:07 PM

Post #9143937

Cutie patooties, for sure!!
mauryhillfarm
Vashon, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 31, 2012
7:52 AM

Post #9146024

They are sweeties, for sure!! Even better in real live action than in pictures, of course. It was fun to meet the grandkids and great-grandkids.
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 6, 2012
5:22 PM

Post #9155069

Hey Holly, I got all the plants you gave me planted today. They are looking good. May move them later but they are in the ground.
mauryhillfarm
Vashon, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 8, 2012
4:30 PM

Post #9157477

I'm glad you had a chance to plant things, It can take a while when you have so many more important responsibilities taking care of your family. I'd love to see pictures when they get growing and settled in. I've been both busy working and got sick again (resistance isn't so good this spring).
Jan23
Salem Cnty, NJ
(Zone 7b)

June 8, 2012
4:51 PM

Post #9157500

Hoping you are feeling better so you can end the school year with a bang.
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 9, 2012
10:35 AM

Post #9158170

Sorry you aren't feeling well. Hope it is something that will go away quickly.

Yuck, my dogs have fleas. In the four years I've had them they have never had fleas. Must be the rats and squirrels. Will go today to get some Advantage. Makes me itchy. LOL
mauryhillfarm
Vashon, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 9, 2012
10:19 PM

Post #9158779

Thanks for the well wishes. Still have fever and aches, but I went to get checked out for flu and strep (both going around) and I have neither, so it's just a nasty virus of some kind. I did get through all the major end-of-year events...the field trip to the beach at the low tide, the song and dance show, field day, then caught this thing. There is a week and a half left due to snow days. I just have to give myself permission not to do as much as I usually do at the end, just get through assessments. The children will be fine.
Jan23
Salem Cnty, NJ
(Zone 7b)

June 10, 2012
10:59 AM

Post #9159255

Yes, please give yourself permission to take care of yourself. Hard to do sometimes, though.

ICK, fleas! Amazing you haven't had them before. I mean the dogs, heehee.
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 10, 2012
11:17 AM

Post #9159274

Hi Jan, I've always used Advantage but not on these dogs. The cat didnt have any either for the last few years. Now they have a prescription drug called Revolution the vet says is much better. For one thing it isn't greasy and it smells good. It dried up and just disappeared.
Jan23
Salem Cnty, NJ
(Zone 7b)

June 10, 2012
11:39 AM

Post #9159288

Smelling good is a plus and non greasy is an even better plus. Hi back!! ;)
springcolor
Lake Stevens, WA

June 11, 2012
9:15 AM

Post #9160601

I use Revolution June-October and never have any fleas. Its water proof too which I need for my 2 dogs.
tikipod
(Ang) Bremerton, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 11, 2012
7:43 PM

Post #9161407

Beautiful pictures. My Dad has always liked the houses in that neighborhood and closer to the school.

Also my boyfriend's parents have a currant like that. It is so gorgeous! I bet those attract the hummers.
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 11, 2012
8:06 PM

Post #9161464

Yes the hummers do love the currants. They are one of the first natives to bloom in the spring.
tikipod
(Ang) Bremerton, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 12, 2012
12:43 AM

Post #9161652

I'm going to ask my bf's mom if I can take some cuttings of their plant.
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 12, 2012
8:45 AM

Post #9162051

I believe they are easy to propogate from cuttings. I thought I'd try myself (and I'm no horticulturist...) Let us know how it turns out.
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 12, 2012
10:31 AM

Post #9162185

Best to take cuttings in Sept. or Oct. although sometimes it works anytime. Tiki you can get cuttting from mine if you want.
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

July 5, 2012
4:21 PM

Post #9194456

Pictures of my lastest project, new stairs and an extention on the back porch. I'm painting everything because I volunteered. Don't quiet know why.

Oh, and a picture of my sis holding my dogs. And my nephew.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

October 13, 2012
4:42 PM

Post #9304200

Here are the changes and improvments I've made this summer.
Berries on bushes the back deck extened and the flowerbed under it extended. Cotoneaster and Hawthorne. The yew had red berries also but they are gone.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

October 13, 2012
4:45 PM

Post #9304208

Cyclomen and fall crocus. Just came up this last week.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

October 13, 2012
4:50 PM

Post #9304217

Wisteria pruned back and pavers uncovered. Very nice shady spot.
Forsythia pruned up a little and fall colored.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

October 13, 2012
4:53 PM

Post #9304219

This spot was totally covered by the huge laurel and is now a bed to be planted with wildflowers. A few strays are heeled in for the winter.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

October 13, 2012
4:59 PM

Post #9304221

These are pictures of the 40'+ bed that goes all along the wall and into the wildflower bed.
And a picture of the pink dogwood. freshly pruned. All opened up on the inside.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

October 13, 2012
5:03 PM

Post #9304225

Fall color under the deck.
New maple in new front bed.
More fall color in the front beds.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

October 13, 2012
5:28 PM

Post #9304245

I just re-read this whole thread and I see I didn't follow my original plans very well. I missed the March Plant trip to Alderbrook but am going to try again on the 27th.
My gosh it did change to fall quickly. LOVE this rain. Just finished a good book titled "ZOO"
Creepy
mauryhillfarm
Vashon, WA
(Zone 8b)

October 14, 2012
9:21 AM

Post #9304740

WOW, WOW, WOW! Willow, you have done soooooo much in really a very short time!!
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

October 14, 2012
10:59 AM

Post #9304798

Thanks Holly. The small iris you gave me are planted in the laurel bed, in front of it. They are growing nicely.
The lily didn't bloom, but it did grow and will likely bloom next year. The sedum looks great.
At least everything is cleaned out and weeded. I'm just going back and weeding over and over to get all the disturbed seeds out. Hopefully I will get compost on everything to help for next year.
I bought some reblooming iris and I was surprised to see a bud on one the other day. Will post a pic when it blooms.
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

October 17, 2012
5:03 PM

Post #9308313

I've been planting things. Peonies, hostas, daylilies, hyacinthe, crocus, iris. Should be fun next spring. And I have lots of big worms in the new bed. That was surprising.
springcolor
Lake Stevens, WA

October 17, 2012
9:32 PM

Post #9308543

That sounds like fun. I too have been planting like crazy.
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

November 15, 2012
4:11 PM

Post #9334161

I finally went out to my old house and dug up a lot of plants on Monday. Didn't get all I wanted but most. Today I got most of them planted. Five more to go and some to rearrange here then that will be it for the year. Then I get to spend the winter working in the basement again.

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