Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Backyard - Started on Hidden Path

Tuesday, July 31

One of the elements of our backyard will be a hidden path, which I had started on today. It will be a path that starts along the north side of our property, straight back and then curves through the woods, stops at a clearing and then leads back to the house on the south side of our property.

At least it will be, once the brush is cleared. It doesn't look like much, but there actually is about 5 feet cleared so far.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Backyard - Cleared more

Sunday, July 29

This weekend I spent most of the time outside and continued my mass destruction of the heavy brush that surrounded the fallen trees and stumps. The circular area is taking shape more and more.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Planted - Cypress shrubs

Thursday, July 26

My project for today was to plant the Cypress shrubs I purchased to replace the Barberries off the circle. I choose these Cypresses because their color will stand out much better against the dark soil and grass. Plus it'll give all year interest to the space.

I like them.... they kinda look like mop heads to me :)

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Chestnut tree and the Root-Pot

Tuesday, July 24

I had seen an interesting product on the HGTV show Gardening by the Yard. It was a product called Rooter-Pot. It's a pot that you place around a tree branch to grow roots right from the branch. After 2-4 months, roots supposedly grow and you can then cut off the branch and plant it.

I purchased some and I'm want to try them on a few trees, such as Tim's parents Chestnut tree, my childhood home's Birch tree and my Grandmothers Magnolia tree. Tim and I decided to try his parents tree first, since they are selling their home.

After work, we met up there and clipped a pot to the tree. So... we'll see in a couple of months if it actually works.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Purchased Cypress shrubs

Monday, July 23

Since the grass has been growing in, I've been debating about the barbarries I planted around the driveway. They are darker in color and just don't stand out as much as I wanted.

Even though I love barbarries, I'm going to replace them with 2 Cypress King's Gold shrubs I purchased today at Lowes. They have the same vibrant chartreuse color, like the juniper in the circle. I'm going to try and plant them this week.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Backyard - cleared around big ash to willow tree

Sunday, July 22

Today I cleared more of the backyard area of brush. The area I'm clearing is about 65 feet around. I cleared around the big ash tree and cleared a path to the strange willow tree I found. Now that the perimeter is mostly cleared, I have a better idea of the space the yard will have. It'll be a decided size without loosing too much of the woods feel.

The willow will make an nice end to were the hidden path ends. There are 2 willows that look like they grew through an old dead tree.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Planted More

Saturday, July 21

I planted more things today. I planted some barbarries, Lambs Ear, Sedum 'Autumn Joy' and a Heather. The barbarries I planted near the Pine tree, as boarder plants to the property line. The Lambs Ear, Sedum 'Autumn Joy', that we received from Tim's parents I planted in the driveway side bed, along with the Heather.

I'm really liking the way things are looking. Our little rock garden is full of life with the sedum's and stonecrops. And the Gladiolas have added such a punch of color to the circle.

Hidden Path - Started

Saturday, July 21

Today I started on the "hidden" path in the backyard. One of my garden books stated something I found interesting. It stated that you can make a space feel bigger when having a hidden space with a winding path to get there. Basically it makes the space feel bigger if you can't see the parameters of the area.

My neighbors actually has their backyards cleared and all grass. That just doesn't do it for me. I like more of the outdoor room feel or areas to look at and wonder around. The Complete Guide to Landscaping book had a sketch of a plan with a path and a hidden area. I liked it so much, I was inspired to add a path to our landscape plan.

Well, before we can have a path, the area needs to be cleared. Today I started clearing the large circular area behind the house that will become an open grass area.. When we build the patio are next year, most of the lawn area will be covered, so some of the trees and brush will be cleared so that we can still have an open area beyond the patio. It'll be lined with more ornamental trees, such as the Kwanzan Flowering Cherry, that's on order. Tim's also going to plant a Chestnut tree there as well.

After we clear the open area, I'll start on the path.

After I came up with a plan, I started hacking away and cutting through some of the brush we have in the backyard. The plan calls for 65 feet off the house, for the circular cleared area. So I cleared a path straight back to mark it off. Just doing that was a lot of work. Um... this might take a while.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

AC Fixed

Wednesday, July 18

A few days ago Tim and I had trouble sleeping cause it seemed a little stuffy. In the morning we both agreed that our ac seem a little off. Sure enough, we wound up having our ac fixed today. We had it fixed by the same man that installed Tim's parents ac.

He was professional about it, but he did hint that he had seen several things that Vastola had done, in his words "shotty". Well, first of all we had a leak, due to not a tight seal. He found another spot that they didn't use the right size piping and caulked the heck out it instead. *Roll eyes. Well we expected stuff like that after they tried to install rusted old vent covers, instead of new ones.

Anyways.... our ac is fixed and working great again.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Flowers & Tools

Tuesday, July 17

One of the projects coming up that I wanted to work on is a path through the backyard. To do this, I wanted to buy a small chainsaw. I decided to buy one that works with the batteries with my Grasshog. It's a Black and Decker chainsaw that I bought at Lowes.

It has an 8in blade, so it can cut a fair amount of things that we have in the yard. Anything bigger and I'll just ask my dad to come over with his gas powered one.

While at Lowes I also was drawn to another Asiatic Lily. This one is smaller than the other ones and has eye catching orange peddles that I couldn't resist.

Speaking of flowers, my Gladiolus are doing fantastic. I love seeing them when I'm pulling into the driveway.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Flowers - planted more

Sunday, July 15

I'm almost done filling in the driveway side planting bed. Today I planted the Purple Rhododendron, Mountain Fire Pieris, 2 Heather's, Coral Bells, and a Lily.

I also noticed a couple of things today. My Russian Sage is getting flowers and the Stonecrop Sedum Angelina seems to really like the rock garden in the gravel.

Another thing I noticed today was why Redbuds are called Redbuds. I had guessed it was because of the pink flowers they get.... but after looking at the Redbuds today, I get it..... there new leaves come in a red color, which is something I hadn't noticed in the spring.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Garage - Red Door & FastTracks

Saturday, July 14

Today I feel like I had accomplished things. I checked 2 things off my list... painting the final coat of red on the back door and installing more Rubbermaid FastTracks. The garden tool corner was starting to feel a bit overwhelming and I ran out of hanger room on the existing FastTrack hangers I installed last year. So up went some more.

The corner looks organized again. I love this system... it's a great system. And now with more hangers I can organize things better and thus find things better. The Grasshog even has it's own hanger.

Now I just had to find a spot for larger items, like the push reel mower, by Great States Corp., my Grandmother game me. I have fond memories of my late Great Aunt Frances using ones like it when I was a kid. Mine yard will never be like hers, but I think she'd be proud of me.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Ordered Plants Online

Friday, July 13

Well... besides the poopy cable idiots, I was very excited about one thing today. There's a tree that I've been wanting to order, but it's been sold out, but today I was able to purchase it. I purchased it from the same place I ordered my Redbuds from, NatureHills.com. In fact, it's a Redbud, but this one is a weeping Redbud. It's called Lavender Twist (Cercis canadensis ‘Lavender Twist’ aka ‘Covey’). It's a new variety of Redbud found in 1991 and is currently apparently in high demand. Mind won't be shipped until the spring, but at least I finally got one. I've been eyeing it for the last year and it's always been sold out.

I also purchased another flower tree called Kwanzan Flowering Cherry and a bleeding heart. The Kwanzan Flowering Cherry will be shipped in the spring as well, but the bleeding heart I should get in a couple of weeks.

Burried Cable Lines

Friday, July 13

For the last I don't know how many months Tim has been calling the cable and phone people to come out and burry the darn lines. This has been going on for a long time now. First they said they couldn't do it, cause at the time we didn't have final grade. Then when we got final grade, they didn't come out cause they forgot about us. The last time Tim talked to them he told them to call first, now that we have landscaping someone needs to be here so they don't rip things up.

Well... at 7am, the door bell rang..... yep they sure called ahead first. I was on my way out and Tim was sleeping. You have to love contractors.

Anyways..... talk about not caring about what you are doing.... The one guy did use a machine to dig through the gravel, but the other dug the rest of the 90 feet by hand with a shovel..... the crookedest zig-zag line EVER. We were baffled as to why they didn't use the machine the entire way.

We both agreed that we should've just have done it ourselves. Tim said he'll just redo it himself tomorrow.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Day off and planting

Thursday, July 12

Today is my Dad's birthday, and beside taking off the day for him, I thought in between seeing Harry potter and dinner time I'd plant some things. I decided to have a little stone crop area by the Magnolia tree. I've already planted a couple of Ice Plants and Sedum's there already. So I planted Tim's parents Sedum and Hen & Chicks next to them. I also replanted and placed the Cactus in the gravel.

I also repotted and placed the Halcyon Hostas in the rock garden as well. The moment I had seen the Halcyon Hostas I had to get them..... not only do I like the coloring, but my Dad and my boat is name Halcyon.

The Gladiolus are doing well in the rock garden. I'm especially excited about seeing these bloom cause I planted them from a bulb. It's the first things I've ever planted from scratch in my own yard, that wasn't bought in and already in bloom.

I'm also having fun with the ornamental grass my Dad gave me. I love when it blows in a breeze, esp with sunlight behind it. It gives a lushness to the rock garden.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Flowers - Tim's Parents

Tuesday, July 10

During the day, Tim's parents came over and brought some clippings of some of their plants. They brought over a cactus, a pink flowering Sedum, Sedum "Autumn Joy", Hens & Chicks, Lambs Ears, Coral Bell and a Lily. I hope to plant them soon, along with a couple barberries that I can't figure out where to put.

It's been fun getting plants from our families.... kind of a piece of them and memories are in our yard now.