Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Time For A Trim


When we moved here 23 years ago there was a flat lawn in the front yard
 and a flat lawn in the back yard. That was what my parents wanted.
They lived here for 8 years before we bought it from them.
My father had enough of 'country life', thank you very much!


So we started to plant....everything we could get our hands on.


Within a couple of years we had turned over all the grass/lawn and made 'beds' everywhere.


We learned as we went along.....buying gardening books to help us out of jams we got into.


We had an idea what we wanted, in our heads, 
and worked from one end of each yard to the other end.


We planted tons of perennials and had beautiful blossoms for at least a decade.


Then we noticed that all the trees and shrubs were growing as well.


Trees and shrubs, we learned, tend to block out the sun which most perennials need to thrive.


We even grew vegetables for a while there....until they too were shaded out.


Our garden was aging and maturing as we were.
We decided we liked how it was growing and changing almost yearly.
So today we are in the 'maintenance' mode mostly.

Ron is so good at pruning and trimming.

Trying to keep up with the pruning of all the trees and shrubs.
Who would have thought that all those trees and shrubs would grow?!

23 comments:

  1. I would love to see some different parts of your garden ( yard) Ron's shirt goes beautifully with the greens of the shrubs and trees!

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    1. OK, Francis. I'll see if Ron will make a video-tour' of it on some fine day soon.

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  2. Sounds like quite a gardening adventure, Jim. And after all these years, your garden is probably beautiful as it's matured.

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    1. It is and it was, Martha. We are happy with it.

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  3. Oh Gosh, guys this is so beautiful, authentically beautiful, grown and worked on with love, you made the trees breathe again and the shrubs, you love nature, and it's giving you its all and I for one, Love You both and Sophie for keeping this majestic forest alive...and not cutting trees, my heart bleeds when trees are cut...You have given me hope, thank you so muchxxx

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  4. welcome to my world. my gardens were old city lots that we excavated. there was nothing except for one pine tree. i brought in some big trees and then i started planting. i planted ferns and hostas and shrubs and perennials. i planted and planted and for about 1 year everything was perfect. now i have a jungle. and i already have removed lots of stuff. i am going to be doing some really hard pruning this fall. i had no idea that plants grew!

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    1. LOL! Joyce, we call our garden a 'jungle' as well! All this sounds so familiar.......pruning is THE thing now around here too!

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  5. You turned it into a wonderful lush and green wonderland!! Looks like a little slice of heaven.

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    1. That it did, Keith. We are very happy and content with how it turned out. thanks.

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  6. beautiful! it amazes me how fast trees and shrubs can grow-especially in years with lots of rain

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    1. Thanks Kathy. It is amazing how fast they grow when they finally settle in, eh? How's your garden and veggie patch? I'll have to check.

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  7. A green back yard is so welcome, any time of the year, and a good haircut gives them new growth to start with in the new season, Any taller and Ron might need a ladder. Would you be able to post a summertime video of a walk round your lovely garden? We've seen it in the winter with snow falling off all those branches, and look at them now. Cheers,Jean.

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    1. My reply just disappeared!
      I think a video can be arranged. I'll speak to the videographer first.....Ron.
      Actually he needed a ladder to finish the job, Jean.

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  8. That's camouflage if I ever did see it! I can't tell if I'm looking at Ron or a tree! I love the how bright the green colours are.

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    1. Ron is the silent type and likes to 'blend in' where ever and whenever possible.....those introverts I tell ya!! lol

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  9. Is Ron wearing a green outfit to "be at one" with the garden? Or maybe it makes it easier to sneak up on the trees and bushes with the pruning shears!

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    1. LOL! Debra, that is Ron's fav shirt to wear lately. It did fit in rather nicely. He and Sophie are always hiding on me, you know!! And with that shirt.......

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  10. Wow, look at all that lush vegetation! Such a refreshing change from our prairie!

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    1. Terry, we could always ship some 'lush' out to you!!

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  11. Your garden looks so lush and beautiful.

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  12. so beautiful, but I find it so easy to let it get over grown and out of control. send Ron over please I have some clippers that he put to good use..;j

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  13. Jim-- that's just so amazing!! Look how far you've come-- your gardens are so beautiful. We have a similar situation-- I can remember when we hardly had a bloom-- now my husbands gardens are magnificent:)
    Vicki

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