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Reworking the front entry gardens

Started by Riana Noyes. Last reply by Riana Noyes Jun 30, 2017. 42 Replies

As many of you know, we experienced a flooded basement this spring. This necessitates a change in the drainage so it doesn't happen while we're at it, we're taking apart the front walk,…Continue


Started by Jan Magee. Last reply by dee lowe Apr 3, 2016. 9 Replies

Gardening is my second love, after quiltmaking. The two are SO different! Gardening is lots of hard work; quiltmaking is pure pleasure. And I'm perfectly fine with taking six months off from the…Continue

My tired-looking gazebo

Started by Riana Noyes. Last reply by Riana Noyes May 11, 2015. 25 Replies

When were looking to buy our…Continue

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Comment by Linda Koller on June 16, 2018 at 3:39pm

Beautiful! Mine are done already.

Comment by Riana Noyes on June 16, 2018 at 1:31pm

Baptisia and a poppy that is getting sunlight for the first time...the huge lilac that shaded it had to be cut to 18" for the dig up.

Comment by Riana Noyes on June 16, 2018 at 1:29pm

The front gardens , redone from scratch 4 yr. ago, are now finally fully filled in. It was worthe the wait!

Comment by Riana Noyes on June 12, 2018 at 2:56pm

As you can see, 4 of the shrubs made it! Lost 2, but added in 2 roses in thaeir place. The minute the side ( veggie) garden was empty, l bought small tomatoe and pepper plants & put them in...that was 2 wk. ago, and they're doing well ( love that Miracle Grow for tomatoes). Then l dug up 6 large hostas from under our weeping mulberry, divided them, and created a garden next to the deck. That area only gets early morning sun, then goes to shade. Hubby got a few tiny bushes to plant along the side of the house...will be many years before they grow into their space,lol...but l'll add a few perrenials.

Comment by Riana Noyes on May 20, 2018 at 8:00pm

Gorgeous irises, Linda. Mine are just emerging.

1/2  of the veggie garden intact, but full of topsoil from other half. I can't use it for veggies anyway...l need it to temporarily plant those shrubs.

Comment by carla j walton on May 19, 2018 at 3:57pm

Linda those are gorgeous!!

Comment by Linda Koller on May 19, 2018 at 1:39pm

Top photo: Iris in front garden

Middle photo: reblooming iris along front steps; will rebloom in August

Bottom photo: reblooming miniature lilac, Josee. First year it has bloomed this well. This is as high as it should get.

Comment by Linda Koller on May 19, 2018 at 1:34pm

OH NO! Riana, so sad you had to take out the 30 yr old lilac that was about to bloom! Hope you are able to save the 6 shrubs. Are you able to save any of the veggie garden?

Comment by Riana Noyes on May 18, 2018 at 5:21pm

Unfortuneatly, we're " ungardening " again :-(( The huge 30 yr old lilac , just about to bloom, was chopped to 18". The veggie garden burried under a ton of sand & bolders. And the big willow bush next to deck is gone. But they WERE able to save the deck by digging under from both sides. The one front garden will be drastically altered, but not completely destroyed. I will be trying my best to save 6 mature shrubs after they're dug out . Foundation waterproofing HAS to be done, though...our basement got wet from seepage this year.

Comment by Linda Koller on May 1, 2018 at 12:34am

I'm with you Riana. Spring has finally sprung!! Yipee!!


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