|Project by MsDebbieP||posted 08-02-2013 08:27 AM||1889 views||0 times favorited||4 comments|
August 2, 2013
Not long after we moved into this house (over 25 years ago) our neighbour was pulling out her cedar bushes and asked if we wanted them. At the time they were probably six feet tall (not that I can remember, to be honest) and I planted some daylilies between each of the trees.
Because we aren’t the neatest homeowners, I wanted a little arc of cedars to block the view from the road to our shed and the piles of whatever that seemed to always accumulate outside the shed. I love my little curved row of trees … except that the flowerbed in front of the trees has always been just a mess. “Some day”, I say, “some day, I’ll fix that”.
Last week, I had a thought that perhaps it was time for these now-huge cedars to go, to reduce the mosquitoes near the house and to clean up the flower bed. Rick, who usually says, “whatever you want, Debbie” said, “no way. I love cedars.” Well, me too, ... but the seed had been planted.
Yesterday, it started out as just trimming off the little branches that were dead. And then there was a branch here and a branch there that stuck out, stuck down, or stuck in-between other branches – and they were also trimmed. And then a little here and then a little there and next thing you know my cedars have legs! No more ducking to get underneath a branch. No more cluttered space, impossible to decipher what was a weed and what was a wanted flower.
And… when my grandson (and grand-daughter that will arrive in December) get a big older I think they will love climbing in the trees. Bonus! (In the background of the third photo you can see an old tractor tire that is half buried in the ground. “Grandpa Joe” put that in the ground for our kids. Now the grandkids will have their turn at climbing on it.)
Picture 1: almost a before photo … just something to create an image of what it was like
Picture 2: the largest of the three piles of branches removed
Picture 3: the after photo
So there is the current state of affairs.
Next step? Thoughts?
I thought about planting lily of the valley and letting it fill in the area but I ditched that idea. I think the blank ground will be a great space for kids play and will really help me keep the flower bed look “nice”. Much easier to tend to.
-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)