Landscaping, Garden Arranging--Give it Time!

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Real Estate Agent with John L Scott Market Center 700512026

Long ago, I was given advice about a new relationship....be with someone through four seasons to see what they're really like. People change with the weather. And so does your landscape! 

 

When you've moved into an already established landscape and it's winter or just heading towards spring, you might want to wait and see what pops up in the areas surrounding your home before you head to that local nursery. You might be surprised at all of the goodness that is already growing! 

 

As with gardening, or landscaping, seeing where the "sit spots" are, for viewing wildlife, giving yourself some time indoors, you can better see where to put that birdfeeder for that perfect place to catch those special moments while doing the dishes. 

 

I have found that a great viewing spot is right outside our dining room. We have sliding doors and a "phantom screen", where I have placed numerous areas for birds to come and taste the morsels left for them. Each season brings different birds and we have a morning movie every day! I had no idea when we moved to our 5 acre ranch that I would have such great varieties of birds visiting us through every season. 

Our first spring here, (we moved in in February), I was able to see day lilies that had been very well established along the perimeter of one side or our home. All kinds of shade/partial shade and sun-drenched perennials popped up to my delight! 

 

When you give it some time and even start a garden journal, you'll be able to better tell where the sun hits throughout the day, where the best places to plant shade plants are for them to thrive, where to set up a vegetable garden....and if you write down when the sun hits that part of the land (time of day), you will be better educated as to what to plant where with a modicum of success! 

 

I like to leave the little signs that tell me what plant I have where because when winter hits, I have a tendency to forget once they go dormat, what exactly was there a couple of seasons ago! Taking photos of the areas will be helpful, too, for a visual memory. And if it doesn't come back, you know that wasn't the perfect spot for that little gem. 

 

Recently I created some mosaic stepping stones, really bright ones in a bald spot for placing in one of my gardens, but I still needed some bushes to fill in that area. I took a photo with my phone and then headed to one of my favorite nurseries to talk with an expert as to what I could place there to finish off the area. It helps to know what kind of heighth you want as well as the amount of sun that shines on that area and what time of day that occurs. 

BEFORE ADDING PLANTS 

My expert helped me pick out three smallish bushes that will be evergreen (I love having some color/texture in winter) and even showed me a couple of plants that matched the orange tones in my stepping stones! (I just planted these moments ago--the small ones are actually more orange than in this photo). 

AFTER ADDING PLANTS 

Have fun, get creative, give yourself some time and take notes and photos with you to your favorite nursery and also pay attention to sales because around holidays you can get some deals! (I did for Father's Day!)

 

Happy Gardening! 

And Happy Father's Day! 

 

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Dorie Dillard
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Good afternoon Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate,

I love this post and what wonderful advice about gardening and relationships! LOL! People do change with the weather and so does your landscaping!

Jun 17, 2018 12:01 PM #1
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Lovely to see you, beautiful Dorie Dillard! Thank you....I had fun writing and photographing this post!! 

Jun 17, 2018 12:20 PM #2
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Gayle I love your stepping stones. Very creative. You are a smart gardener.  I should have had you with me when I was doing my garden. 

Jun 17, 2018 02:02 PM #3
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Joan Cox
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Gayle, I too love your stepping stones, and does take a while getting a garden to provide blooms all year long with the right plants.

Jun 17, 2018 03:36 PM #4
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Sharon Lee I can't wait for you to come and see all of the fun projects I've done thanks to Pinterest! Mosaic stepping stones are just my latest craze. Just tilled a big area in the pasture for next year's big garden!!

Joan Cox a labor of love, certainly. Not everyone gets that. Glad you do! 

Jun 17, 2018 04:28 PM #5
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Brian England
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You do such beautiful things in your garden and I don't think I would be up for trying to do the same.  I definitely enjoy when people take pride in their gardens though, especially when they grow their own food!

Jun 18, 2018 07:06 AM #6
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Brian England being a country girl at heart, this is just an extension of my soul. And I AM growing and harvesting food for ourselves and just tilled yesterday (for the first time) a large area in our pasture to get ready for next spring and have a bounty of fresh produce!! 

Jun 18, 2018 08:24 AM #7
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Roy Kelley
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Our neighborhood rabbits and chipmunks have been dining on our new plants. We are going to have several spots that need fill-ins.

 

Jun 19, 2018 09:10 AM #8
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Delightful post and video Gayle. Gardening is such a wonderful hobby and feeds our souls. Getting our hands in the dirt really connects us to Mother Nature and gets us back into the rhythm of the earth. I love what you're doing at the Ranch. D 

Jun 21, 2018 07:01 AM #9
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Gayle loved your analogy to relationships, going along the same road when the chips are down vs. when everything us superb is when you learn the Character of the person you are living with, but I am digressing... loved your post as well as the illustrations... Endre

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