• 06Jun

    I have a blank slate when it comes to the plant component of my new house. It’s so small that I can list the inventory here:

    • An unknown plant in a front bed. It has no buds yet, and I won’t know what it is until it blooms, but it looks to be some kind of healthy and robust lily. Update: It has buds now and I’m anxious to see what blooms!


    Some kind of lily, I think

      That’s it for the front. The yard is absolutely pristine…previous owner knew what he was doing when it came to lawns and this front yard is straight out of a magazine. He (previous owner, the husband half) owns a lawn care biz and offered to take care of the yards for a pretty fair price. Hired!
    • Left side: a hydrangea bush.
      Previous owner rocks lawns. Doesn’t know squat about flowers, shrubs and trees. He only knew it had huge blooms and blooms alternate years. I’m not a hydrangea expert, but a quick Google pointed out that they must be pruned. Sweet surprise: despite the fact the bush is covered in dead heads from last year, I’ve found some tiny bud clusters forming. I may get some blooms later this summer. Update: I deadheaded the whole bush and now it is covered in huge pink and cream blooms. Outstanding and I’m in love with this plant!
    Pink hydrangea

    Pink hydrangea

  • Right side: two rose bushes.
    • Uncle says the roses are tea roses. I’m not a rose grower and have only tended roses at my mom’s house. Tending=some pruning here and there. These roses are stunning and HUGE. HUGE! They began blooming immediately after moving in. Sweet!
    Rose bloom

    Rose bloom

    One of two rosebushes

    One of two rosebushes

  • A gold honeysuckle vine.

    • This explains why I saw a hummingbird fly by one day, so much earlier than I’ve seen one before. And it started blooming a day before the roses. Spectacular. This is not the dreaded Japanese honeysuckle, which is invasive. But I’ve been told it does spread and I must keep it well-pruned. Okay, because I’d like to keep it.



    Back yard:

  • Two large maple trees.
    • Their futures are up in the air. They’re beautiful trees and provide nice shade for the enormous backyard. However, the whirlygigs (maple seeds) are an issue. As children, we called the seed things whirlygigs and put them in our mouths, did some kind of tongue trill and I’m not sure why we did that. At the time, it seemed very exciting. We also ate sheep shour from my grandfather’s pastures, and I’m afraid to contemplate how many cattle left liquid deposits on our “natural” snacks.

    So that, dear readers, is it. A lily, roses, honeysuckle, hydrangea and two maples. The end.

    Except it’s not the end, because while the previous owners know lawns, I think they did not know anything about plants in landscapes. There are well-sculpted beds around the entire house, and a beautiful curved one out front. Oh, forgot to mention…six yews from hell out front. I hate shrubberies unless they flower. And I really hate yews. (Cue music: Three Days Grace “I hate everything about you/yew. A favorite!)

    The front bed with the lily also has yews. And all of the beds have rock; most of them have white landscaping rock (one bed has black rock, perhaps lava rock or something). There were weeds popping up, but as of yesterday, those are dead.

    The white rock beds are very tidy and pretty from the road, but at this point, I don’t know what I’m going to do. I’ve been told if I post “free white rock” on Craigslist, folks will come gather it up and take it home. Free labor.

    I’m not rushing into things this time around. One of my (many) mistakes at the last house was hiring a guy to til up some gardens immediately after I moved in. Because of that sycamore, I battled shade problems the entire time.

    This time, I’ll be more patient and spend the summer getting to know the yards. Despite the maples, there seem to be plenty of good spots with good sunlight. Hooray for that.

    June 26 Update:

    Now something else has emerged out front, and I’m not sure what it is. It’s something! Maybe a peace lily?


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Posted: June 6, 2013 at 11:20 am

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