Monday, March 27, 2006

Getting There

Well, we got about 20 plants in the ground this weekend and the two raised beds in the backyard are coming together.

Three of the plants were very large ball and burlap orders that I put in a few weeks ago. Two were wax myrtles and one was a silverberry. All three are evergreen and we wanted them to be taller to start so we would have immediate screening from the neighbor yards. I was so pleased when we got them in the ground (they were the first ones that we planted), because as soon as we released the branches, we had instant coverage.

This is what it looked like before we even put the beds and stone in. The yellow house is the new house that has perfect view into our backyard and patio.We are not completely done with the bed but we did get a lot done this weekend. I'll post the final pics when we get done but I thought a before and after of our screening would be cool to see. We did get the bird feeder back up and I filled it so hopefully the birds won't think we completely abandoned them...

The yellow house in the background is the new house that was built and has perfect sight of our backyard. The white one next door has a lower yard than ours so it has never been much of an issue. Both of these pictures were taken from the same general area, one before we did anything to the yard and the second from when we had most of the bed done. I took some more shots from other angles that are more flattering of the "almost finished" product but I wanted to show off the immediate screening we achieved as that was the my favorite part of getting those three plants in.

This is from the same spot after we got most of the plants in the ground. Many of them still need to grow some but at least the view is screened.We currently have, the above listed plants, along with some azaleas, nandinas, gardinias, lorepetulums, and abelias. I have a few more gardenias to buy and then some annuals to finish up. It is really coming together and once things start to grow and bloom this year, I think it will fill in nicely without being too crowded. Spring is definitely starting to hit here and I hope to get some new photos of all the flowers that will be out soon.

5 comments:

Chicken said...

Wow that looks great Mishka!

kilgorsky said...

I admire people who find the strength to mess with the plants around the house.

Looking really good.

Mishka said...

Thanks guys, it is coming along. I am excited to see how good it looks after it grows in some. We might do another bed of sorts in the front just to tie them in...the front yard needs lots of work, I don't know if we are up for it or not...

Mind Sprite said...

That looks beautiful! I'm really impressed with how fast you are getting this done. And you picked some of my favorite plants. Wanna come help with my yard the next time you come out west?!?

ha ha said...

Mishka that looks great! I cannot believe how much coverage you got! Looks like all you and J's hard work is paying off! Dex went up to Portland for a gig and brought back 11 arbor vitae, they are 5 feet tall already and were only 7.00 a piece. They will be planted along with 8 more in front of where are property adjoins with the neighbors to discourage parking on our property and lawn. It will also provide nesting for our birds.