Hello all you good folks, I am so happy you are here with me today! I am still working on our Lower Garden and let me tell you it has been a chore.
I haven't changed my mind about doing the work yet, so far it is going smoothly. The number of rainy days helps me to catch my breath and rest...it also helps to divide the work into sections. Here's where I am at the present...
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Coming off the porch to the left are the pink Azaleas shown below, now blooms are just about spent
Walking out on the walk the Camellia bush below has been trimmed and had to be supported. Looking down at the left bottom are the stairs to the lower garden.
To the left of the stairs going down in the picture just below you can see where I've cleared out the roses and the ground-cover from the top of this wall. Looking across to the trees there is a lower wall. The ground-cover has been severely cut back to the lower wall. Can you see the city park/playground in the background? It is just across the street from us
And, all the way up this lower wall I cleared, chopped and cut until the wall was showing. It will help us to decide if all the ground cover should go.
The property just on the other side of this wall belongs to the neighbor. I don't expect it to be cleared, because all of that overgrowth was from their side...even a fallen tree, branches and bush.
When we bought the house, their growth was even with the top of the wall below them. I trimmed thinking I'd made a difference. I was unsteady on the ladder so I stopped.
Now, I have to wait until next blooming before I can tackle them again. That's okay, we'll just have another mass blooming next year!
Notice the second and third steps...This happened when the gas well drillers were shaking the ground from their testing. Do you know what I mean? The terms escape me now...
Now you can see the entire wall all the way down the drive. I still have work to do at that lower end near the street and the flower garden on that side. It will have to be replanted with other types, because the neighbor's trees and such is so overgrown, it completely shades this side of our lower garden.
I'll have to shop or, find seedlings...shade lovers. It will be too costly to redo the entire area, so I'll have to tackle this in stages also.
I just do not like the previous owners' ground cover...green is pretty color, but I like flowers...blooms or bulbs. I'm thinking seriously about taking some of my bulbs from the old home place; the soils are different...I'm not sure they will thrive here.
Thanks you so much for visiting and I sure hope you come back...after this long post. Sorry I got so long-winded!
Take Good Care,