garden notes: planning

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Though I can't even see the yard through all of the snow at the moment, it's time to start thinking about getting ready for spring. When I first looked at this house, I really didn't look at most of the actual house, I was here to see the furniture, but I did look at the yard. Even in the rain, I knew it was a superb yard. When the house we wanted to buy fell through, I immediately thought of this yard and decided that this should be the house we went for next. I remembered nothing about the house, but the yard was good enough that I figured, we could make the house work. The yard has a huge open area for playing, already has a slew of lovely old plants in the back, the remains of an area that will make a great vegetable garden, a handy garden shed and absolutely no fence.

The first shot i took of the back yard about 10 minutes after I first walked into the house on the day we moved in. I saw what appeared to be a rather huge dead tree looming over the backyard through the playroom window. Taking down the tree was the very first thing we did in the yard.

The first shot i took of the back yard about 10 minutes after I first walked into the house on the day we moved in. I saw what appeared to be a rather huge dead tree looming over the backyard through the playroom window. Taking down the tree was the very first thing we did in the yard.

We planned to put in a fence right away, but after living without it while we were dealing with having the giant dead tree removed from the back of the yard, it's beginning to feel a bit rude to go ahead with it. Areas of the yard are wide open to the neighbors and dropping in a fence where no fence has ever been just doesn't feel right at the moment. But, since we have our own actual, live children and we'd like to keep them in the yard and alive, we're going to need to do something. For now we are considering adding some large plant life and strategically placed trellises to create a psychological barrier in much of the yard and then just formally block off the areas that are wide open to the streets to our front and side. So far, the one who is the biggest escape risk, will not walk into anything that's growing higher than the grass for fear of messing up her pretty pink shoes, so it might be a good enough solution that I can at least catch her before she gets too far. The back yard already looks great, we just need to fill out some areas and bring back that vegetable garden. I'm thinking some nice heirloom vegetables will be fun. The front is a totally different story. Not much up there is worth keeping, so it needs a total overhaul. And thus, begins the planning- finding plants that are suited to the yard and the children. No thorns, nothing poisonous, edible would be good to be extra safe, evergreen would be helpful for those open spots. We ahve a range of full sun to full shade and need plants well suited to zone 6, so cold hardy is always a plus. We always stick with roses, peonies, irises, buddleias, hydrangeas and lavender with honeysuckle and akebia for vines, but we'd like to pull in a few new plants this time too. I've just started looking to see what I can find. 

Fragrant Mountain™ Sweetbox

Fragrant Mountain™ Sweetbox

Black Tower Elder

Black Tower Elder

Goji Berry Lycium barbarum Shrub

Goji Berry Lycium barbarum Shrub

Margarita Carolina Jessamine

Margarita Carolina Jessamine

Asimina triloba Paw-Paw Tree

Asimina triloba Paw-Paw Tree

Berry Blue™ Honeyberry

Berry Blue™ Honeyberry