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Offline Oldandcreaky

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Third garden
« on: May 18, 2021, 06:31:38 am »
I've started to build my third garden and hopefully my last, as I'm old and creaky. My first garden had three patios, which I laid, rose quartz walkways, raised limestone beds, and paver pathways too, which I also laid. My second garden was woodland, with scores of native trees and 80 Japanese maples, as well as an orchard, flowerbeds that wrapped around the house, and raised beds for veggies. This third and final garden will be Japanese. I met with a soil expert yesterday and she took soil samples. My soil appears to be <not allowed>, which means it'll need literal tons of <not allowed> to enrich it. I've also stacked tons of boulders, which will be artfully positioned by an excavator, and I've got the garden's basic skeleton assembled, i.e. the scores of trees that will frame it. I've lined the driveway with Paperbark Maples, an extraordinary tree that excels in all four seasons. They'll arch over the driveway one day. This garden is already ringed by four plus acres of trees, which I own and will never be touched, but it's still gets lots of light, which greases the gardening skids.

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Re: Third garden
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2021, 10:27:45 am »
Your third garden plan reads like a beautiful dream

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Re: Third garden
« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2021, 11:07:22 am »
Good luck!  I've greatly improved my soil over years.  It really makes a difference!

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Re: Third garden
« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2021, 12:16:40 pm »
Sounds wonderful
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Re: Third garden
« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2021, 01:10:46 pm »
Your gardens are a real labor of love. I'm glad you have the space and resources to create them. Someday if you're comfortable sharing I'm sure we'd all love to see some photos, to whatever extent a photo can capture a garden.

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Re: Third garden
« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2021, 06:02:17 am »
Thanks for the replies. Today, a pallet of granite cobbles are being delivered. They'll border the beds that abut the front of the house. Carpenters will start to build a portico on the front of the house, so between the portico and beds, the house's face is getting some major surgery!* First, I'll amend the soil. Then I'll lay a rope on the ground to guide my digging. Then I'll dig a trench following the rope, put sand in the bottom to seat the cobbles, and use topsoil on the sides of the topsoil to make them secure. Tomorrow, I'll go fetch some enriching mulch and then I'll slowly add plants. I'm thinking of irises for the early summer and delphiniums for later. There are already azaleas for the spring and rhodies too. I've four Japanese maples too in these front beds, which are de facto flowering plants, as they're as colorful as flowering trees and bushes.

*I also just had the house reshingled in gray and had new windows installed too. The windows are wood, but clad in fiberglass on the outside, so I'm all set to go deep into my dotage without much upkeep needed.

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Re: Third garden
« Reply #6 on: November 12, 2022, 07:16:42 am »
I have achieved so much in my garden. I live in New England, so it's a four season garden, as pretty in the winter as it is in summer. I've planted more than a hundred evergreens and dozens of trees and bushes with beautiful bark. I begin my mornings watching what I call Bird TV, for I sit at the window and watch the woodpeckers (hairy, downy, and red-bellied), crows, chickadees, blue jays, nuthatches, titmice, mourning doves, and sparrows feed. The hummingbirds and finches are gone for the winter, but when they return, there will be dozens of them feeding at a time. There are also gray and red squirrels and chipmunks.

One day I'll post a photo, but a garden needs years to reveal its glory. My big surprise was my delphiniums. I was able to provoke their blooming from early summer until now. Yeah, they're still blooming in mid-November in New England. Amazing. And some of them bloom in blue, which is the rarest color and thus the most treasured.

I pulled my petunias yesterday. I have seven wave petunia beds and anyone who's grown them knows they grow and grow and grow. I'll install flower boxes next spring. I also created two mounded beds and built five, raised, hemlock beds for veggies, berries, and herbs. The biggest challenge in building raised, wooden beds is filling them. They're four feet high, so they take tons and tons and tons of soil. I managed to fill three this fall and will do the final two next spring. My centerpiece is a 60-foot flagstone path, lined by boxwoods.

I've done 99.5% of the work myself, unlike the rich women in the neighborhood who hire people to design and build "their" gardens. The only thing I can't do is place the boulders, which require excavators and tractors.

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Re: Third garden
« Reply #7 on: November 12, 2022, 07:56:47 am »
I'm jealous! Creating a beautiful garden should be a labor of love. It's hard work and you're never really 'done', but being able to relax in the garden you designed and built provides such a wonderful sense of accomplishment. Maybe one day you can post a few photos. For now your description allows me to imagine how beautiful it is, an appropriate reflection of your soul...

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Re: Third garden
« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2022, 03:56:23 pm »
Thanks, Jessica Rose!

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Re: Third garden
« Reply #9 on: November 12, 2022, 05:31:01 pm »
Carpenters will start to build a portico on the front of the house, so between the portico and beds, the house's face is getting some major surgery!*
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*I also just had the house reshingled in gray and had new windows installed too. The windows are wood, but clad in fiberglass on the outside, so I'm all set to go deep into my dotage without much upkeep needed.

IIRC correctly you live in New England.. How was getting contractors (with price and availability)?

 I live a bit outside of Boston and my house needs a lot of work inside and out... I was planning to start it when covid hit, then the resulting material shortages and all the decent contractors getting booked up, and of course inflation is still raging...

Some of the the things I need done can't wait too much longer, but I am worried about prices and contractor availability... I keep hoping things start cooling down... (or I win the lottery! ;) )

-Karen

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Re: Third garden
« Reply #10 on: November 12, 2022, 07:04:09 pm »
I waited months for our contractor to have time to do the reno. Then I waited months for the reno. Every day, I worked alongside the carpenters and other tradesmen. I painted every square inch and did a lot of the finish electrical.

It's still that way, Karen. All renos mean waiting for months and renos are a big deal in my town, with a reno or two underway on most streets.

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Re: Third garden
« Reply #11 on: November 12, 2022, 08:43:06 pm »
It's still that way, Karen. All renos mean waiting for months and renos are a big deal in my town, with a reno or two underway on most streets.

That's unfortunate... You confirmed what I heard yesterday... <sigh>

Someone at work who just bought a house which unexpectedly needs some work before he moves in, is having difficulty finding someone ... and will have to move out of his current house before the work can be done!

He suggested I wait until the recession that many seem to think is coming as a result of the interest rate hikes.

Thanks for the feedback,
-Karen

 

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