Sunday, April 24, 2011

Jumping the Shark

I am all about baby steps.  For years, I have slowly been growing my front yard.  I first cut down the bushes.  A year later, I planted some wildflower seeds, and the beds grew from there.  The current planting area is more than 2/3 the front yard and this weekend, I jumped the shark.  Actually, I jumped the sidewalk.  I just don't know where it is going to end though.   
I am happy with it but I am one of two people that have landscaped their parkway.  Mine is more tentative than his.  I think he even fired a landscape architect.  
 I moved over some hostas, some tiger lilies, some cone flower and brown eyed susan and some St. John's wort. I threw down a bunch of sweet william and maltese cross seed.  We'll see what happens.
The border of the planting bed in the parkway follows the curve of the front.  Eventually, it might be cool to wrap it all the way around the tree in a sort of mirror of the front yard so that the sidewalk feels like its part of the yard space.  I guess we'll see how this stuff grows first though.
In other yard news, the hops came back with a vengeance.  The couple tiny stalks have each sprouted no less than ten new stalks.  I am guessing the entire pergola will be covered this year.
By the way, the daffodils look great out front.  I think I'll move the rest this fall.  Hope everyone had a nice Easter.


Anonymous said...

Question: If everyone landscapes their parkway, where do the dogs pee when you take them for a walk? (These are the things that go on in my head....)

Chris said...

That shouldn't be too much of an issue - there is still space. It does highlight a problem from a care-taker's perspective though. People are more likely to throw all sorts of nasty stuff in your parkway so garden tending can be un-appetizing sometimes.

luckwagon said...

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Love your blog. I'd like to talk to you about a project I have in mind... would you mind emailing me at luckwagon At Yahoo?

Sorry to be so cryptic...