My morning began with a visit to Daphne’s Dandelions for Harvest Mondays to see what people have harvested from their gardens in the past week. I must admit, fall gardening is intriguing me more and more when I see what people are growing.
I am on vacation this week and I hope to accomplish some last minute projects before the snow flies. Now that the vegetable garden is cleaned up and ready for winter, my attention has turned to cleaning the other gardens in my yard.
When sprucing up the house to sell, the previous owners did some landscaping. They planted some shrubs around the yard, some foundation plantings, several crabapple trees, and a created a large flower garden. The yard made a grand impression on me when I first looked at the house.
At first I didn’t even know the difference between a weed and a perennial. It was only until the plant bloomed that I was able to identify it. Unfortunately, because of my ignorance some weeds have multiplied and taken over. Next year, I am hoping to take back my gardens one bed at a time.
One project that I am hoping to complete before winter is clearing this foundation section along the house:
The previous owners planted some Sea Green Juniper (Juniperus chinensis “Sea Green”) in front of these windows. When I purchased this house they did look cute at only a foot high. Now several years later they have quickly overgrown their location. I have since learned that they can grow 6-feet tall and 8-feet wide.
We tried trimming them back, but within one season they were back to the original size. They also have an unpleasant odor that permeates the house from the open windows. Although I hate killing any growing thing, I finally made the decision that these have to go.
I am going to try to turn this into a new flower garden. On the left is a young crabapple tree and in the middle towards the back are some Bearded Iris. The crabapple tree will stay for now. I find it beautiful and the birds love it. However, I fear will have to be removed eventually too as it was planted really close to the house. Here are a few pictures of it from spring:
This is the Bearded Iris:
There are a lot of weeds both from the bird seeds and neglect. We started by removing the Juniper shrubs yesterday. Digging the stumps out will be some hard work. I hope to clean this area out and dig in some amendments to the soil so next year I will have a clean slate to work with.