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We muched the front bed today.  Long job with so many plants.

 

Photos show more volume and color coming everyday.  We will hit 80 today, our first really warm day of the season.  

 

Enjoy the the walk through my garden.  LM

 

 

Middle bank

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Middle bank

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Side garden

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Side garden

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Lower stone deck 

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Behind lower stone deck

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The red maple on the right got nailed by two huge spruce trees that came down last winter.  I can’t believe how it healed it’s split trunk and thrives.  Red maples are tougher than I thought.

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Front bed, fresh mulch

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Front bed

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Front bed

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More front bed

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Front bed

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Heron

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Annuals

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Middle bank

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Stairs through middle bank, blue heron

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Nuthatch walking down the tree.

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Moved this crimson lace two years ago.  Loves the new home.

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Red maple on the left is the one that got hit by the spruce.

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Rock wall, phlox at peak

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Rock wall

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Rock wall

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Lilies of the valley, heavenly scent

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Behind lower stone deck.

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Behind lower stone deck

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Close up of damaged tree

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Your property is very beautiful.  Looks like you put in a lot of hard work and time.  You are very blessed to live in these surroundings. Bless you!

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@Lilysmom  I especially love the tree in the second pic, and of course, the Heron.  I have some but on a much smaller scale.  I love a garden with lots of color, but not colors that don't mesh, but your colors do.  The weather has been high 50's, low 60's this week, hibernation weather for me, lol, but next week, the horror will begin, unending heat for months.

 

I have invested in scented geraniums, hardy geraniums, and some Pelargoniums this year, so am having fun with those.  I had some of all, but decided I needed more, different colored flowers and variegated leaves, especially love those, and plants/trees that are yellow/light green, don't know how to described this color.  I bought some evergreen trees that won't grow beyond 4-6' in height, not as wide, and have wonderful shapes, as focal points, though in my mind, these really don't belong in my casual country/cottage gardens.  It will be years before they look like anything, only in one gallon pots which I put them in, much smaller root systems than that now.  Buying these was stepping out of my comfort zone.

 

How many acres to you garden, looks like many. Smiley Happy

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Gorgeous. Plants/Trees are beautiful and I LOVE the yard art/statues. How long has it taken you to get your property to it's current state?

 

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@patnap@wahoogaz, we have been here 12 years.  This is our retirement home.  I never planted anything or gardened at all until we built here.  I had a busy corporate life so I had no time.  Our property is close to two acres.  We have the main level with the gardens you see above and a small road down to the lakefrontage where we have additional gardens.

 

The gardens at lakeside are fairly low maintenance.  I have wild irises, rhododendrons, lilac bushes, evergreens, etc.  I was educated by the beavers not to plant ant trees after they chewed off 3/4’s of a red maple.  Live and learn.

 

Obviously, I love it.  Could never do it without the help of DH.  He does all the heavy lifting and digging.  We have gone from planting to moving shrubs and perennials as they mature.

 

Thanks for your comments.  LM

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@mousiegirl, the tree in picture two is a blue globe spruce.  It is a shrub, not a tree.  It is only about 4’ high and is mature.

 

I love the evergreens.  They are the backbone of my garden especially in winter when all the perennials die off for the season.  I have blue globe spruce, nesting spruce, juniper, dwarf Alberta spruce, holly, some miniature evergreens I can’t name, gold mop cypress (gorgeous, check it out), Hinoki cypress, Korean Fir, Canadian hemlock.

 

I do love geraniums.  I had some in my rock wall, cranesbill, but they did not survive.  It is pretty rugged territory there and the squirrels tunnel and play there all year round.  I suspect that is what killed them.  I am trying to make the rock wall a place of high color to contrast with the granite rock.  It’s a beautiful spot but challenging.  Not much soil, a lot of rocks and the squirrels.

 

As I age, I am moving away from perennials and more into shrubbery because the fall and spring cleanup is huge when things die off, must be cleaned up and leaves fall.

 

I have added some clematis to the garden in the last year and I am happy to say they are doing very well.  You’ll see them in my photos as we move into summer.  LM

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Re: Garden May 31/18

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@Lilysmom wrote:

@mousiegirl, the tree in picture two is a blue globe spruce.  It is a shrub, not a tree.  It is only about 4’ high and is mature.

 

I love the evergreens.  They are the backbone of my garden especially in winter when all the perennials die off for the season.  I have blue globe spruce, nesting spruce, juniper, dwarf Alberta spruce, holly, some miniature evergreens I can’t name, gold mop cypress (gorgeous, check it out), Hinoki cypress, Korean Fir, Canadian hemlock.

 

I do love geraniums.  I had some in my rock wall, cranesbill, but they did not survive.  It is pretty rugged territory there and the squirrels tunnel and play there all year round.  I suspect that is what killed them.  I am trying to make the rock wall a place of high color to contrast with the granite rock.  It’s a beautiful spot but challenging.  Not much soil, a lot of rocks and the squirrels.

 

As I age, I am moving away from perennials and more into shrubbery because the fall and spring cleanup is huge when things die off, must be cleaned up and leaves fall.

 

I have added some clematis to the garden in the last year and I am happy to say they are doing very well.  You’ll see them in my photos as we move into summer.  LM


 

 

@Lilysmom  Have you thought of sedums for your wall?  I have found that they come in a huge variety of colors, shapes, and sizes, the smaller and trailing would be best to stuff into rocks, and the wall would look stunning.  No fuss, no muss with sedums, I have large and small.  It just dawned on me that sedums would most likely die in your winter weather as they are full of water, so scratch my idea, lol.

 

The perennials here do not die back except for hostas and some helebores, but more work because I have to prune the large, woody perennials such as salvias, asters, and lavender plants every Spring to get rid of all of the dead flowering branches, also roses, but everything here is perennial, they all come back every Spring.

 

Speaking of clematis, some bloomed this year that I have never seen bloom after many, many years, and the Jackmanii that I bought last year has two blooms, huge and stunning.  I have no clue how many I have, but there are a lot.

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Your landscaping is totally spectacular!  If that was my home, I'd never find the need to leave to go on vacation!!! 

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BEAUTIFUL!!!

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