Parc, June 15 - 30, 2003
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After a long stretch of rainy weekends and two weeks of business travel,
Tom was thrilled to finally be able to spend two days last weekend,
edging and adding more mulch to the 3 beds in this area. Just two more to go!
Once again, if only we could revive the lousy grass!
We will try again in fall... too dry in summer.
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Yogi has just finished pruning the boxwoods, while I trimmed the ivy and planted more Impatiens (not shown).
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Shown left above is a huge rhododendron, species r. maxima, which is native to New Jersey woods.
The base of it is about 5 feet below what you see here, at the bottom of the hill.
Its blooms are now up to my second-story office window.
Behind it on the ground floor is our screened back porch with a stone floor. Someday we will glass it in.
There is another Rh. maxima farther to the left, which can be seen from the living room, and,
another large one at the front corner of the house.
They bloom in June and July, unlike the rest of the rhodies, which bloom in spring.
When we get around to it, we will plant a couple of these in the "Back 40," along with some American hollies,
to help screen in the back end of the lot.
On the right above are some leaves on the Southern Magnolia tree at the back corner of the house,
at the end of the patio and top of the stone steps.
It has been specially bred to tolerate the cold this far north. So, that's a token symbol of my childhood in the deep south.
My love of boxwoods also stems from the south, when I lived in Charleston, South Carolina.
They are also prominent in Washington and Maryland.
I was thrilled to see how well our boxwoods do here, since you really don't see that many of them in this region.
This is the far end of the Woodland Garden.
On the left above is an Oakleaf Hydrangea, across the path from a pink (early spring-blossoming) American Dogwood tree,
which eventually will be limbed up about 6 feet, to clear head room for the path.
At present, we walk around the low side of it.
On the right above is the area just past the Oakleaf Hydrangea, further along the woodland path,
going toward the driveway and steps. We still need to mulch the path for this year.
The above photos were taken at the front end of the woodland path, to the left when coming up the stone steps.
The tree on the upper right is a Chinese (kousa) Dogwood which blooms in June, but, did not do much this year,
probably because of too little sun during two months of constant rain.
Just behind it, to the right, is one of the bird feeders and a hanging begonia
at the back corner of this end of the lower patio.
Looking toward the woodland from the lower patio.
The log cabin is in the back of the neighbor's yard. In the 1930s, it was a play house for two little girls.
Later, it was used for Kiwanis meetings. Now, it has a billiard table in it.
The round table above and its four chairs will go on the back porch, as soon as we restore the porch.
Woops! I see there are no chairs in the photo. I guess they were removed, to clear weeds from the patio, that day.
More work to do....
Tom has drained the pond behind the upper patio. But, it still needs cleaning, before adding water and little fountain.
Half or more of the big pile of mulch in the driveway is now gone, but there is still a lot more to spread.
Today, Tom and Yogi used half of what is shown above, and Tom finished edging the remaining beds.
The patios are also nearly done, with the weed wacking of stuff between the stones.
I will be blowing the remaining debris off of the patios by tomorrow.
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