Abies balsamea 'Nana'

Abies balsamea 'Nana'

Thursday, June 25, 2015

What's missing?

This might be easier if I took more wide shots of the garden. I may start doing that more often now that a certain feature has been removed. Can you guess what it is?

I'm so glad I weeded the space between those steps and the gravel path before I took this picture! That would have been so embarrassing!

No more deer cages! While the black wire fencing we used to protect trees and shrubs never showed up too badly in photos, they were an eyesore to look at in person. While I still wish I had more "garden" and less "yard", taking down the individual cages was a satisfying improvement. Now there's just one big cage, and we're in it. 

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    1. Born free! As free as the grass grows! ...Wait, I don't want the grass to grow...

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  2. That's one way of looking at it. Fortunately, you have the key to the cage door. Look at all that wide open space! You have loads of room for more garden beds!

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    1. In this instance I don't mind being in a cage. And that's only about 1/4 of the space in the fence!

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  3. I would have guessed deer cages...
    Now that I see a wide shot of the garden, I realize I haven't seen it before in this way, and you must post more of them. They are useful for Before and After show and tell. Are you going to plant along this path in the fall?

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    1. I want to add more plants along the path and both sides of the creek bed, but the folks don't want too much. They "weed" the creek by spraying, something I'm hoping to stop so I can get some self-sowing annuals and seasonal-wet/dry plants growing in it, sparsely so as to maintain the overall creek look. The contractors who graded the soil and put in the path, creek, and patio put black plastic under that mulched area, of which I heartily disapprove. I plan to tear that out and put pavers in connecting those steps to the path. I may place some sparse grasses and other simple plants on either side.

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  4. "Now there's just one big cage, and we're in it"....so true...congrats!

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    1. Thanks! I still have some cages to take down in another area, but it felt great to get this area done!

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  5. You are the artist and your canvas awaits.

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    1. Now I just have to convince my parents to let me paint, or ignore them and do what I want. ;)

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  6. It's going to become more and more beautiful, Evan, but it already looks wonderful to my eyes.

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    1. Thanks, Kris. I'm looking forward to chipping away at that huge, useless lawn, though.

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  7. It looks like a wonderful blank canvas, congratulations! But my hubby wants to know where are the bunny, vole, mole, and squirrel fences, which is what we also need in addition to the deer fences- but don't have. Except a couple of vegetable beds are reinforced to hopefully keep out rabbits. We have a lot of lawn which I also hate as it is a source of grass weeds, but we do use it since we have chicken and duck tractors and move them every day.

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    1. Our squirrels are the native Douglas fir squirrels, which don't seem to bother anything in the garden. Moles are a problem, and get trapped. We've never had more than 3-4 rabbits and they stay out in the less developed area past the dry creek bed. If I ever do expand the garden out there as I would like, they might cause trouble. I'm a little worried that the neighborhood cats won't crwl inside the fence and control the rabbits for us. Voles are only a problem in the vegetable garden. We have 4 of our 8 raised beds lined with fine wire mesh to keep them out. The whole vegatable garden has a deer fence that also keeps out rabbits. It's outside of the new chainlink.

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