Friday, August 1, 2014

Hedge Redo: Thanks a Lot, Polar Vortex

Dwarf Burford Holly hedge... what it's supposed to look like:)

All of those plants we added in our back yard last fall have been enjoying the summer, putting down roots and starting to bloom and put out new growth.  The first year after planting, most plants are still getting their bearings, but the second and third summers are when you can really watch things take off.  Gah! I'm so excited:)

Unfortunately, not *every* plant we put in the ground survived the worst winter we've had in 20 years, and I'm taking the chance to rethink a few of our choices for the second round.  The main section I'd like to replace is this tiny, pitiful, half-dead "hedge" of dwarf Burford Hollly bushes.  Lovely, right?  

The whole point of having a hedge there is to separate the smaller back garden from the main yard, and this little cluster of bushes just wasn't going to be tall enough anytime soon, even if they had lived.  So since we've got to replace most of them anyway, I figured why not check out our other options?  Here are some possible contenders:







It's exciting to think of planting something already large enough to make the back yard look more like it's meant to look!  Feel free to offer suggestions on what hedges you love.



Thursday, July 31, 2014


We are back. After two and half FULL weeks of West Coast touring we are back. I don't know about you, but when I am away I often think of the many projects I would love to tackle. The Ninos and I are home just a few days before we head up to the Hudson River Valley so, there isn't much time for finishing any projects, but there is plenty of time to measure, take photos and rethink the nursery.


I can not wait to see what is delieverd while we are away!!



Monday, July 28, 2014

The West Coast Tour: Seattle Part Uno

Last week the Ninos and I took a quick trip to visit my sister in Seattle. We had never traveled to WA before and were not sure what to expect. My sister, being the fabulous host she is, planned a weekend of relaxing beach time that engaged our curiosity. 

After a quick bite of chowder we headed to the Seattle Aquarium. If you have little ones with curious minds, this is definitely the place you want to hit next time you're in Seattle. 

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