We’ve been here 21 years now so the garden is mature. This year we’ve been renovating all the areas extensively. The gardens always change- each month, each year. There come times when the original plantings either must go or be replaced by different species.
Take the corner near the intersection of both roadways. The original, raised bed there was edged in ironstone due to the water off the roadway in the 1990’s. I asked the county to improve that for us and curbs were put in for that area. There is a swale, slight depression vs. a previous ditch, with the curbs.
That solved the problem there. Also, people were walking over our property. In 2007, we had an iron-look fence installed around ¾ of our property, including around the corner. As a result, we no longer need the bed, rocks, and the perennials. This looked nice but was another thing to do.
We are cutting down the maintenance of things like that and removing or renovating them. Over the years some large deciduous shrubs just don’t serve the same usefulness that they did in the beginning. They die out in the center, get too wide, etc. Some were screens or part of the original windbreak. They don’t look good so they were removed as needed.
Then there are trees which lost their lower limbs with age or shade. The dead limbs were removed and we had the arborist plant evergreen viburnums across the back this year. It took me a couple of years to decide what to plant there but the arborist’s suggestion was perfect.
Of course, before those went in, we had to remove the rampant English ivy that came original from the neighbor’s yard. Still some work back there for Sept. All that work the past couple of years and we are half-way done. Equipment fails and this year our new sprayer for weeds is battery operated and 4 gallons.
This is a real pleasure to use and I get done fast. Still catching up with that after having none for 2 years. Our garden center went out of business so I had to order the Canadian cedar mulch 45 min. north of us at a greater delivery cost. We had a whole pallet delivered at once.
Some people just give it all up, let the gardens become over grown, or sell the property when they are older. Glenn and I love the gardens and home, we have irreplaceable neighbors, and are in a relatively safe area. Yes, the NJ taxes are high but we haven’t found a better area yet.
Mom and Dad always said they kept up the property as you never know when you have to sell it. Besides, why let all the work you did just become derelict. That’s depressing. I initially designed the gardens for many years and when I could no longer walk well. It’s paid off many times. Now that’s what we’ve been doing rather than blogging! Pix next time!