It’s Planning Time
After moving a tree and large shrub that were blocking the front of the house. Now’s the time to sit down and plan some landscaping.
It may seem early to a lot of you, as you look out your window at the mounds of snow, but here in the mid-Atlantic region I need to get my list of spring projects organized and ready to start working on them. Even now we’ll be having a few warmer days where [...]
Procrastination Doesn’t Pay
It doesn’t look very foreboding in this picture from a couple years ago, but the bush in the center of the picture grew to enormous size and pricked everyone who tried to enter the house!
Well, at least it ought to be! Yesterday my procrastination caught up with me. Seven years ago we moved into our house, just a few days before Thanksgiving. At that time I transplanted a tiny little autumn olive from the property we moved [...]
Fall Is Mellowing
Fall is an excellent time to prepare new gardens for planting the next spring. When you prepare gardens in the spring any amendments you put in may not have time to break down and be available to the plants right away. Not only that you can put amendments into the garden, which you can’t in the spring.
We no longer need to plow huge gardens, but growing flowers and food crops still bring a lot of pleasure and [...]
My System Doesn’t Work
I’ve made a decision. After spending the last two mornings rescuing my tomato plants from over-zealous bean plants I realized that my gardening has not been very successful in the past few years. This year everything started out great, but now, as the weather gets really hot, the gardens are looking miserable and the production that was so abundant earlier has stopped. Disease is setting in on many plants, and others are not producing much of anything.
It’s always delightful to bring a little bit your garden into your home. The hydrangea was just stunning this year. I had to bring some in to enjoy.
I’m fortunate. I have two sisters that love gardening as much as I do. We enjoying seeing and hearing about each others gardens. Each of us lives in a distinctly different climate: Washington state, North Carolina, and Germany. We’ve each enjoyed seeing what we can all grow in common and sometimes envying [...]
From the moment we owned the property I saw a secret entrance to a woodland garden.
From the moment we bought our property I knew I wanted to have a woodland garden. About 1/4 acre of our 1 acre lot is covered by native forest. There is a clump of massive tulip poplars and two massive oak trees that anchor the woodland area. Most of the other trees are quite small and can easily be removed by a lopper. Only [...]
Whew! I didn’t think it would ever look like our yard was going to come together. I’ve been working on it for two years and it looked like I’d done almost nothing, but this year, year three, things are finally starting to come together.
Plants are maturing, looking really stunning this year; our permanent crop plants are producing heavily; we got most of the fruit trees in for our little orchard. So the yard finally doesn’t look like an orphan.
Remodeling/redecorating both inside and out.
I’ve been contemplating what I want to start including in my blog for the new year. I’m thinking of doing a series of videos on my redecorating/remodel of the extra bedroom. That will give me the opportunity to hone my video skills, which I’ve not used for a while, and get some really good information out to people wanting to spruce up a room.
In looking at the schedule for the coming year, here are a [...]
This beautiful iridescent tile would certainly create a fairyland effect at night.
Now that the gardening season has come to a close for most of the United States, we can all start making plans for improvements for the coming season. Many of us may be considering a water feature for our yard. Pools and ponds are outdoor features that add a lot of value to your property, not to mention the enjoyment they bring.
There are a lot of different styles [...]