Parc, June 1 - 15, 2003
Yogesh has recently become a friend, along with his wife and children.
He is an absolute jewel and a Godsend for us!
He has a degree in English Literature and is working for the Post Office until a teaching job opens up.
He works extra for us, to help earn money to buy a house for his family. He recently pruned over 30 boxwoods for us!
I just can't do that constant bending over anymore. We are very fortunate to have his help!
That's an old Mockorange hedge blooming behind Yogi... one of the few original plantings from 1929.
When we bought the house in '91, there were only boundary hedges and tall trees in the back yard.
Tom and I have personally planted all the rest, starting with 30 boxwoods,
for the "bones" of the design, and several kinds of flowering understory trees.
We are still gradually filling in the rest of our plan.
Left is a "Before and After" photo... the upper patio's boxwoods are pruned, the lower ones remain to be done.
Meanwhile, the grass in back is terrible... a result of last summer's drought and the harsh winter.
Then, the steady rains of this spring washed most of the new grass seed down the hill.
Keeping a good stand of grass going is one of the constant battles of living on a shadey hill!
This year has been the worst ever for our grass. Tom will re-seed again in the early fall.
We keep thinking about covering all of the paths with pebbles, but have not yet done so.
The Japanese Styrax tree is in full bloom.
The Japanese Iris and Peonies have just started to bloom. I selected a lot of white and near-white flowering plants,
so that Tom can see them at dusk when he gets home late from work. They are also beautiful on a moonlit night!
trimmed back the groundcover along the steps.