|Old Miniature Roses Climbing|
Through the Rails of Our
Handicap Ramp -This Bed
Has Been Renovated
We lived on a corner lot with a lot of hedges, trimming of which was my Dad's duties on weekends. Occasionally, he still found time to take us fishing, pony rides, fishing, etc. As my brother became a teenager he became adept at some of the yard work for which he received more allowance.
We rarely missed church unless we visited relatives, most of which were 60 mi. away. During WWII years I remember many flat tires on those trips. With 3 grumpy siblings trapped in the back seat, we, the flats, and Texas heat certainly tried his patience. There were no spare tires, just inner tubes and patches. I was fascinated by the patches which reminded me of patchwork quilts, as the patches proliferated on the inner tubes.
He was my confidante, because discussion of difficult matters did not become emotional. I am not a teary, emotional person as my Mother was. I liked to get to the heart of the matter, no matter how hard, and move on. Almost all consults with Mother ended in her crying; whether happy or sad; she could not help it. It just translated as all sad to me. Other members of my family are the same way.
|Disregard Blue Flats:|
This Wide Angle Somewhat
Shows Our Simplifications;
Left and Right Front Beds.
We have added solar lights.
Changing subjects, I have previously alluded to our on-going attempts to make our yard less maintenance intensive. I'll have some pictures, too. The purpose of the expense of renovating our landscape was self-maintenance.
|Again disregard blue flats. View to to|
Left facing house. Hope to Have Better
The beds were dug and dirt clods broken up and raked near level; the weeds, flowers and debris were haul to a refuse area to be burned. I stayed inside so as not to witness the destruction. Then a black landscape material which allows drainage and weed deterent for about 5 years was laid followed by 3" of enhanced soil and 3" of mulch were layered on top of the cloth. We bought a weed deterrent mulch for most of the work. All the mulch will have to be renewed in a year.
We kept several shrubs including forsynthia, miniature roses, some climbing roses we inherited with the property purchase, and small foundation shrubbery. In addition we saved 5 nandinas in whiskey barrels for future plantings. They will recover in the barrels for a season. I have two Japanese red maples maturing in whiskey barrels, too.
|The Right Bed near Street has 5 Whiskey|
Barrels with Transplanted Nandinas in them.
The Windmill and Barrels have Solar lights in
or around Them.
The street view is virtually completed as soon as I decide we have enough landscape lights. Some would think I am a little overdone on the lights.
Now we are working around areas not necessarily in street view, but still messy like around the Hidey Hole storm shelter.
I would like to pave driveway, but am waiting for a concrete or asphalt war...no gypsy deals. Besides drainage have to be determined and done expertly, or the surface will soon deteriorate.
|A Different View of Coffee Can Begonias|
We dec9ded to try to Keep Hanging Baskets,
Whiskey Barrel Plantings, etc. for Color;
I can still Prepare Most of these Items