Sorry I've been so out of touch for a while. It's not you guys, and it's not all the OS technical difficulties.
I wrote a couple of previous posts about the major landscape makeover we're doing at our house. We also threw in a few non-landscape house projects because it made sense to get them out of the way before investing a lot of time and money in planting new things that could get destroyed if the other work was done later. It's a very satisfying project, but it's pretty much consuming my life for most of the summer.
To give you a summary of the various pieces of the overall project, we have:
* had old concrete patio and paths removed
* had old side fence removed
* had gutters and downspouts replaced
* had new side fence installed
* had new bluestone patio and paths installed
* had a big trench dug along one side of the house for masons to use
* had masons repoint the first few courses of bricks and apply waterproof sealer to the foundation
* had the trench refilled
While all of this has been going on, we've been working with a landscape architect to develop plans for replanting the front yard, side yard, and the portion of the back yard around the patio and paths.
I started planting the front yard a while ago and am almost finished with it. I've started on the back yard and side yard. The biggest work is ahead - a 20' x 45' area in the side yard that is almost a blank slate.
My routine for most days includes spending a couple of hours outside in early morning continuing to plant and watering the recently planted stuff, putting down weed barrier and mulch in finished areas, and a couple of hours outside in afternoon, doing more of the same. Some of the work is timed to take advantage of shade, especially on the hottest days. Yes, I have been outside working on most of the hottest days. There's so much to do, so many plants still in pots from my April "free plant" expedition (digging a lot of plants from a friend's back yard planting bed), and a limited window of time to get so much work done before October, so that all the plants have enough time to establish roots before the cold weather returns.
Here are a few short video tours of different garden areas around the house: front yard, side yard, and back yard. (I wanted to embed these, but OS's HTML editor wasn't integrating the code properly into the page. :( I hate it when technology continues to fail here.)
Get buzzy with bumblebees visiting the white rosa rugosa in the back yard.
Next year I want to add a raised planting bed near the side gate for more veggie garden space.
This week's project: go out and buy a lot of shrubs and grasses for the side yard space, then start digging some big holes.