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The Last 20 Feet (7 Metres)

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Eleven years ago, when Peter & I got married, we had a new house built. We chose a corner lot because it gave us more privacy in our yard. I retired 2 years later (Peter was already retired), and have worked hard at landscaping our yard ever since. The first year we planted trees and shrubs, and started a small garden on the front and side of our porch.

The second summer, once the yards were completely sodded, the men in the neighborhood worked together on fencing the yards.

Each year since, I've built up the gardens with compost, peat moss and top soil and added new gardens and lots of new plants. I have just a final 20' section, inside the fence on the north side of the house, which will connect two other gardens and finish the landscaping plan. Well, "plan" makes it sounds as if I know what I'm doing... It's really been much more trial and error to see what worked, and some plants and even shrubs aren't where they started out. Our church plant sale has found homes for other "mistakes".

Over the process, I've discovered some favourite plants, including clematis, peonies, hosta and coral bells. Tulips and daffodils. Geraniums and sweet alyssum. Ecinachea, perennial phlox, black-eyed susans and columbines. Bleeding hearts and sedum.

Now my favourite nursery is having its end-of-season sale with most plants 50% off, some even more, and I'm going to have one more lovely shopping trip to pick up plants for this last 20' section. Once they are in, I will plant the 5O King Alfred daffodil bulbs and 50+ new tulip bulbs that are waiting in the garage.

We have some pruning to do on the maple, apple and flowering crabapple trees, and the lawn outside the fence needs to be fertilized and top dressed once it's had its final mowing.

Thanks for reading. If you are a gardener, I hope you're enjoying your yard work too.

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    Thank you for sharing the evolution of your garden with us. It sounds lovely!

    1449 days ago
    I love imagining your garden from what you tell us! These daffodil and tulip bulbs will look gorgeous!!! (I so love daffodils in the spring...)
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    1451 days ago
    So glad you complete the final portion of your yard. My yard was landscaped with native plants by the previous owner, and I do really enjoy maintaining and adding to the design. This time of year it is a constant battle to keep up with raking all the pine needles and leaves! My yard is situated with lots of volcanic rock (lava and basalt) so the native plants and trees survive the best in this rocky sandy soil.
    1452 days ago
    We've been buying up some of the tall and short grasses on sale this month. Isn't it fun to plant bulbs now, and watching them emerging in the Spring? emoticon
    1452 days ago
    Well done. I love being in the yard. Today I did a 4 mile walk with friends. Once I got home I took the clippers and gave hostas and shrubs flat tops. Then I remembered an invasive tree. It was dripping and dropping berries over my locker garden. I decided to saw the 8 trunks down. Tomorrow it will be going to the dump. I want to dig up my daffodils they are huge clumps and I want a " HOST OF GOLDEN DAFFODILS" it has been a long time since we planted them and now they are strong I will split them and I hope in the Spring I will have my dream. HUGS thanks for reading my blogs.

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    1452 days ago
    Hi Gail........
    If I could, I would garden 24 hours/day!!! I was a teacher and at the end of the day, going into my gardens was therapy. I have 15 perennial gardens which means that I am NEVER completely caught up, but since my knee replacement, I have made myself be content with what I CAN do and have become less of a perfectionist.
    We have had beautiful Fall weather so far, and I have thoroughly enjoyed being out in the gardens as much as possible. emoticon
    1452 days ago
    Have fun! I am itching to be outside in the yard but with the flooring people coming next week have to concentrate on clearing out the upstairs. I hope to have 2 bedrooms completely done tomorrow and the master BR done by the end of the weekend. That leaves my DD BR for Mon=Tues. She is extremely unhappy about the whole ordeal. You are definitely having more fun.
    1453 days ago
    Sounds lovely Gail ... I love my garden too .. I haven't got as much space as you .. But it is enough for me .. How about some photos ? We would love to see your garden ... Love you xxxSusie xxx emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1453 days ago
    I bet it is getting more and more beautiful!
    How do you handle the deer, if any?
    1453 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/2/2013 5:35:52 PM
    Not a gardener but appreciate them...and all the work that goes into them.
    1453 days ago
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