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Property, and my property [May. 8th, 2004|11:32 pm]
Zoethe
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Spent a very productive morning with my study group going through the whole semester of Property, then after three hours of work came home and planted all the lovelies that had been given to me for my birthday, plus a few extras that we picked up at the garden center. Ferrett took some pictures of some of the results. In the first picture, off to the left of the swing, Ive added some hostas in between the bleeding hearts, since this is a pretty shaded area without a lot of direct light. In the second picture, to the left of the fountain, I planted delphiniums and larkspur, which will grow tall against the fence. The petunias in picture three are of course annuals, but they will give nice color. And in picture four, as he says, you can't really see all the herbs planted along that strip, but they do marvelously because they get loads of sun all day long - the advantage of a ranch house.

The front bed, shown in the fifth and sixth pictures, has been let run a bit wild, and I'm not sure what to do about it. Still, they don't look bad from the street. They were supposed to be this summer's project, but I think I have to dwell on them one more year....

It was a perfect day for planting. The sun was shining, but it wasnt hot. I enjoyed every minute of it, then came in and did a couple more hours of studying. All the lovelies are in the ground, save the mock orange, since it just arrived and I am still debating about where best to locate it.

We went out and sat on the swing in the darkenss this evening, enjoying the stars and the sound of the fountain. It was wonderful. The Japanese lattern added a soft glow, and we just rocked back in forth, enjoying the stillness of the evening.

Wow. Am I happy.
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[User Picture]From: his_angel
2004-05-09 04:32 am (UTC)
i loved the pictures of your home. Warm, cozy, friendly and inviting.

His ~angel~
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-05-09 03:04 pm (UTC)
I have never loved a house like I love this one, even when I lived in some pretty big and impressive ones.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-05-09 03:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks. It is definitely home.
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[User Picture]From: correspondguy
2004-05-09 05:22 am (UTC)
I now know what I want my house to look like.

Thanks for sharing.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-05-09 02:06 pm (UTC)
Come visit sometime and we'll give you the tour.
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[User Picture]From: jocosa
2004-05-09 08:34 am (UTC)
I planted my 3 mock oranges today. My lil baby sticks. *grin*
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-05-09 02:09 pm (UTC)
I planted bay in the herb garden for the first time, and was glad to note that it is not hardy here. In places where it is, "grows up to 75'."

Not so good at the side of my driveway.

(still contemplating the placement of th mock orange....)
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[User Picture]From: jocosa
2004-05-09 05:33 pm (UTC)
Mine went under the windows that blow into the house so can get the fragrance inside. Well, once they grow from sticks into shrubs. *grin*
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[User Picture]From: call_me_harmony
2004-05-09 09:50 am (UTC)
Beautiful garden, I can just imagine sitting on the swing listening to the sound of the fountain. Lovely.
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[User Picture]From: branwynrillia
2004-05-09 11:55 am (UTC)
So beautiful. SO, SO beautiful. =o)

And a SWING! *squeal!* I miss having a swing..
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[User Picture]From: kibbles
2004-05-09 01:05 pm (UTC)
Very nice! So unfair, showing photos from places where there is room to have a yard that is more than 100 sq feet! ;)

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-05-09 02:10 pm (UTC)
For here, we have a tiny yard. It's just the right size for us to keep up, though.
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[User Picture]From: nuala
2004-05-09 01:23 pm (UTC)
You've done amazing work on the garden. It looks wonderful! I'm so terribly jealous. I desperately want something more than just a balcony.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-05-09 02:12 pm (UTC)
At least you're doing something with your balcony! Are you not allowed to put planters on the "rail"? You could grow some herbs out thre, just because they smell so wonderful.
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[User Picture]From: nuala
2004-05-09 02:30 pm (UTC)
We haven't put anything on the rail because it's not quite flat. It's got a slight... hump? to it. I might have a look around Homebase next week to see if they have anything useful. I just worry that something would get blown off. Although, thinking on it, there's been a pot of dirt on the rail for a few weeks now (it got the white fly! eek!) and it's not gone over.

All my herbs are still too small to go outside yet. We've got greedy-guts birds who like to nibble seedlings, the bastards. That's why we put out seed for them, but noooo. Just gotta eat my tasty herbs, don't they! Humph. :)

The basil is coming along nicely, the dill is still a bit weak, and the thyme is spindly, but growing. The parsley is outta control, but that's a good thing. The chives are chivey, but they need replanting. The fennel is tall and fluffy and a lovely shade of green. The sage is a bit beaten up by the hail and rain, but it's still happy - you can't see him, he's hiding behind the furthest trough of daffs in the picture. And the rosemary is still tiny due to it's confining starter pot. I find myself very motherly over the wee ones that I've raised from seed. *slightly embarrassed* At least I don't carry photos in my wallet. ;)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-05-09 03:00 pm (UTC)
I am so impressed with your starting them from seed! We have NO southern windows on the house, save the high ones in our bedroom, so seed starting has not happened here. It would require a growlight system set up in the basement, and as most of what we have planted are perennials, it hardly seems worth the expenditure for the $10.00 in herbs that we must by annually. If I ever put the last little strip we have not dealt with to work as a salad garden, then perhaps I will think about it.
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[User Picture]From: nuala
2004-05-09 03:15 pm (UTC)
So I had to go back and look at your house photos again. You're right. You've got frag-all for any kind of direct sunlight inside. Bummer. You could give up your quilt for blinds and grow babies there, but even then, you've got the tree shading it. I don't really have 'direct' sunlight, but at least a few non-shady window sills. Alas, I only have room for 4 at a time. ;o) Next up: Oregano, more basil, and more chives. You can never have enough of those.

There's a house in Finchley where I used to walk that had a rosemary shrubbery along their front garden property line. I loved walking past, running my hand across it as I went. Gorgeous. :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-05-09 03:50 pm (UTC)
Ah, but without the quilt-for-blinds, it is next to impossible to see the screen on the MPS because of glare (shopping for actual drapes is a post-finals chore, as the quilt is a bit of an eyesore). And there is no place to set them because of the couch. I will live without seedlings for the nonce.

Rosemary shrub. Oh, yum!
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[User Picture]From: dweezel
2004-05-09 07:46 pm (UTC)
Your yard looks really nice. I have no patience with yard work so mine looks like a forest. At least all the leaves keep the grass from growing. I wish you lots of enjoyment from your garden.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-05-09 09:51 pm (UTC)
It's only in the last couple years that my abstract desire to have a nice yard actually turned into a concrete willingness to do the work. One I overcome inertia and get started out there, I really enjoy it. But my sense of reality is glad that it's pretty small, because my enthusiasm only goes so far....
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