Sunday, May 31, 2009

Rock Garden - More yellow gravel

2009
Sunday, May 31

Tim and I picked up some more bags of yellow pea gravel, for the rock garden in the circle. Originally we had a more of a tannish color gravel. It seems as though no one carries it locally anymore, so we had gotten a little more of a yellowish color instead. It's fairly close... still in the same color scheme.

Now that it has more of a depth, I can make patterns in it and make it more of a Japanese zen garden.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Deck - Japanese Maple 'Shaina' Arrived

2009
Wednesday, May 27

Tim called me up and said that the shipment of the 3 Japanese Maple Shaina's arrived. He said they looked in good shape. I couldn't wait to see them. When I got home I planted them in larger containers as I won't be able to plant them into the planters until we build them during the summer.

They're little guys now. In a few yrs they'll fill in and be awesome!. I love-love the color of them. I think the red and crimson colors of them goes fantastically well with the saddle color and dark trim of the house and deck. I can't wait til we build the planters now!!!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Backyard - Cleared more brush

2009
Thursday, May 21

I cleared some more brush with the DR Trimer. The progress is really moving along now that I have such an awesome tool to use for the job.




Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Backyard - Clearing (Used DR Trimmer)

2009
Tuesday, May 19

While Tim cut the grass, I tried the DR® Trimmer/Mower, that I am borrowing from my Dad. It was awesome!!!!! It cut the brush like butter. I cleared a lot on the right side of the yard. What had taken us an hr to cut by hand, this sucker cut in about 5-10 min.



I also started to use it on the left side of the backyard as well. I had to stop though as I noticed a pile of grown over cinder blocks, that someone had dumped there at some point. Unfortunately that was just where I would've loved to use it due to there being thorny bushes & vines there.

I started to cut them by hand and gave up for the day when I got walloped in the back of the leg, by a thorny vine. Oh man did I scream. Tim said he heard me inside the house.



I'd say the thorny bushes won the battle today.

Monday, May 18, 2009

DR® Trimmer/Mower

2009
Monday, May 18

At the end of the day, yesterday, even though Tim and I made a good dent in clearing the backyard jungle of brush & weeds, it was only a little chunk out of the whole. I decided to research if there were any power tools I could buy or rent that would help.

As luck would have it, a neighbor of my parents had the perfect tool. Even better.... he told my Dad he could have it! It's the DR Trimmer/Mower. It was purchased back in 90's and still runs great. My Dad said I could barrow it, until he needs it.

I tested it out briefly and this sucker is awesome! It cut through the brush like it was butter. It's basically a giant heavy duty weed wacker. You can buy the "Beaver Blade" accessory, which is basically a saw blade, with a chain saw blade around around it, and really have fun.




Saturday, May 16, 2009

Backyard - Cleared more brush

2009
Saturday, May 16

Today Tim and I double teamed backyard clearing project. Tim had taken the right side, by the firepit, and I continued my reign of devastation the left side, by our neighbor. We had gotten a lot accomplished today.







Friday, May 15, 2009

Deck - Japanese Maple 'Shaina'

2009
Friday, May 15

Since we started building the deck, last year, I've been looking for my idea of the perfect Japanese Maple's to go in the future planter boxes. The planter boxes will be had some height & interest to the deck as well as the plants be a privacy screen.



I had already decided that they would be Japanese Maples as deep reds & burgundy seem to go fantastic with the gray tones of the deck and siding. I first thought of getting some baby Japanese Maple Bloodgood trees, like the one in the circle. Unfortunately that tree gets 10-15 feet. I wanted a dwarf that would get no bigger than 5-6 feet.

I looked all over locally and finally found what I was looking for online. The kind I wound up choosing is the Japanese Maple 'Shaina'. It's actually a dwarf of the Bloodgood, developed from a witches broom (deformity in a woody plant resulting in a structure resembling a broom or a bird's nest). So it'll look much like the Bloodgood in the circle and have the same burgundy coloring.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Backyard - Clearned more brush

2009
Tuesday, May 12

By the willow tree, in the backyard, are lots of brush and weeds we're trying to remove, so that we can get landfill and have it all nice back there. One thing that's been a bear to remove is thorny bush and vines. My parents said it's a type of wild roses. It's awful.... I can't tell you how many slivers and times I've been stabbed by this stuff.

So today I was chipper shredding a lot of what we had been cutting down this past week. It felt so good to see it get shredded :)

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Backyard - Clearing brush (around Willow)

2009
Saturday, May 9

The backyard is a swampy mess that had many weeping willows growing. I love-love willows and hated to cut them down, unfortunately they were a bit too close to our house. I left one willow that I feel is a good enough distance away.

I've been clearing around the last willow. It needs a little pruning and has a rotting stump, from a fallen tree I'll be removing. There's also a 2nd willow growing to the left of it that I'm going to take down to giving it some breathing room.

Friday, May 08, 2009

Redbuds blooming

2009
Friday, May 8

The Redbuds, that I purchased back in 2005, finally finally bloomed for the first time. They're kinda twigs with flowers on them currently. They're filling in nicely and in a few years they'll be really beautiful.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Shopping for Annuals

2009
Thursday, May 7

My family and I had gone to Hiway Garden Place today to purchase annuals. They have so much to chose from there and have probably one of the best selections of annuals in the area that we've found so far.

As well as the annuals I also had brought a couple of perennials, including a Sweet Variegated Iris and more Elijah Blue Fescue. For the annuals, I had decided to go with the orange Marigold's, that I had gone with last year as I really loved the orange pop against the dark Barberry. And I'm very excited about the Fiber optics Grass.



Sunday, May 03, 2009

Backyard - Crabapple placement

2009
Sunday, May 3

Currently, the backyard, and especially sitting on the deck, we have no privacy, from our neighbors to the left. This is a perfect spot to fill up with ornamental trees and shrubs to have something nice to look at, other than our neighbors garage.

I'm always struck by the fantastic colorings of crabapples at this time of year. They're just so vibrant........ and so "spring". In between us and our neighbor will be the perfect spot for the The Crabapple Prairiefire I just bought. Since we won't plant it til we get land fill in the back, I just buried the pot for now. And man.... just that little pop of color changed the entire feeling of that area.




I had done lots of research on crabapples, before buying this one. The Prairiefire seems to be the most disease tolerant of the crabapples and it's one of the smaller ones at 15'-20'w x 15'-20'h. It's a long bloomer, with mahogany colored leaves and produces red fruit that lasts until December.