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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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
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---------
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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"
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.
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.