Wednesday, May 24, 2017

30+ year old Bridal Veil hedge.


Our Bridal Veil  hedge is more than 30 years old.

This morning it is in full bloom.  it is more than 7 ft. tall.  See our neighbor's garage and 2-story house right behind it. 



Last year I noticed it was looking "tired" so I cut it back to
5 ft. high and cut off all the long branches.

In other words I gave it a severe haircut.


I was nervous, but that was exactly what it needed!

This year it looks the best it has in years.


Perfection.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The crabapples of spring.


We have three crabapples.  Two pink in the backyard and a white in front.
They bloom at different times.

The pinkest and youngest blooms first.  The lighter pink is just starting to bloom.

The white will bloom next week.

Two of them were here when we moved in.  That is almost 30 years ago.
One of our crabs where dead, so we planted the pinkest one to replace it.


You can see how warm the winter was by how green and lush 
the ivy is this early.

Our neighbor has a huge forsythia right behind our fence.
It looks great with the pinks.


The king ferns are just starting to pop out of the ground.  That whole area near the potting shed will be covered with ferns
later in the summer.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Step #2~ The clean up and shelf.



Everything is cleaned up behind the potting shed.

The pots in the next photo are gone.

The hoses will be in their places by the weekend.



The messy pile of pots is gone!


The old wood leaning on the fence (shown in the next photo) is stacked neatly in the garage.

One of the boards is now the painted shelf
over the potting table.


That yellow wheelbarrow, along with the red Haws watering can, has been with me at every house 
for the last 40 years.

Now it is waiting another summer of use.




If you scroll back up to the last photo,
you will see that I fixed the broken fence picket in
this photo.

New mulch is down, and all the bushes are trimmed.



Over the summer I will be on the lookout for something neat
to put on the back wall between the table and the shelf.

For now I am just happy to have the
main elements in place.

By the way, I keep my potting soil in that
old galvanized trash can.  

Bring on spring!