Back Raised Garden

The back raised garden had a few large shrubs when I arrived–some were bare and one looked a bit sad with droopy dark green leaves. A deciduous fern was fading late in the season and there was a layer of… Continue Reading →

Courtyard Garden

When I arrived, the courtyard garden was overly crowded and a bit of a mess. A couple plants dominated the space, making it feel heavy and dark. I’m intent on creating a woodland garden with dappled light–something to provide shade… Continue Reading →

Plum Blossoms

Oddly, it snowed early today–big, fluffy flakes of snow. The weight of it even made the tall clump of bamboo slouch over, which is a new thing. Then, the sun came out, the snow quickly melted, and it felt odd… Continue Reading →

Evaluating Sunlight (gardening)

To determine what plants can go where, I performed a sunlight evaluation for all garden zones across the property. On a sunny day, I took photos of each area every hour. I placed those photos in grids to evaluate the… Continue Reading →

Washington Park Arboretum (part II)

After gathering ideas from the Winter Garden in Washington Park Arboretum (see Washington Park Arboretum, part I), I explored the rest of the park. I found structural art in a few bare Japanese Maples and a very peaceful reflective pond…. Continue Reading →

Washington Park Arboretum (part I)

As I develop my gardens, one of my goals is to enhance their aspect during the cold months. With at least half of the property surrounded by maples, it can get pretty bare and drab. after learning about the winter… Continue Reading →

Garden Plans

The previous owners of my property established some very special trees, flowers and shrubs. I’ve enjoyed the profusely blooming blue hydrangea, delicate climbing rose bushes, bright salmon colored azaleas, and various ornamental maples. There are others I have yet to… Continue Reading →

Early Buds & Garden Clean-up

New buds are starting to appear around the property. Most of the plants are still dormant, but bright green shoots have come up in the front, tiny leaves are appearing on some of the small trees, and I noticed flower… Continue Reading →

Foraging Birds

Can you spot the bird in the photo above? If not, don’t worry, you’re in good company. I noticed sporadic movement on the ground outside my window one afternoon, but couldn’t see what was causing it. It wasn’t like leaves… Continue Reading →

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