Taking a break from doing newsletters, I grabbed my camera and went outside for another walk through my yard.
What I discovered was, that with the inclusion of a new tree, my regular pathway is off-kilter now and it just doesn’t feel right. Something has to change.
What do you mean “a new tree”? Well, while checking out the yard after we cut down a lot of branches, Rick and I discovered a little seedling – an English Chestnut tree – still attached to the nut, as we found out when I dug it up. I had put it in a pot temporarily and the other day I decided to plant it permanently.
Well, to give it enough room (as if I have given any of my trees enough room) it had to be moved to a new spot in the lawn, in a new flowerbed. So, out came the rototiller, a new bed was created, and the little tree got its new home. (FYI .. I have since found ANOTHER English Chestnut seedling. Yikes.)
Anyway … the goal will be to connect this flower bed with that of my Canadian Maple which creating another pathway.
Currently, as I walk my yard, it is an up & down, over & back meandering – ending up perfectly for a saunter through my new blueberry path and into my labyrinth. But with this new pathway, well, I end up either having to double back or am left in limbo, not sure of where to head next. It doesn’t feel right.
Now, I’m sure you are laughing at this point: 1) because, what does it matter and 2) you can see more tree purchases in my future. But, 1) it does matter, apparently, so my equilibrium tells me and 2) a gardener has to do what a gardener has to do! haha.
In the above picture, I have just started down this path .. but now what? I haven’t been over to that new garden bed (top left) but I naturally want to turn left and go around the blueberry patch. See?? Discombobulation!
And the other problem is that I really want to keep that empty piece of lawn, well… empty! Even the new chestnut bed is infringing on the open play area.
And .. where in this picture would another English Chestnut go? I’m guessing that it is going to have to be a give-away. I don’t think I have room for it anywhere. What, you say, MsDebbieP has run out of room for trees? Well, not quite… I can still add three or four espaliered fruit trees!! Coming this fall, as soon as Canadale Nurseries has them on sale again.
So there you have it .. my dilemma. I think I’ll go walk it again and take “the path less travelled” as Greenthumb suggested in my last blog. Maybe it will work, if I just turn a different corner.
-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)