A belated Happy Mother's Day to all of my sweet reader moms out there in Blogland! I truly hope your Mother's Day weekend was as wonderful and productive as mine was!
In between fabulous meals and quality time with both my mom and my daughters, I managed to get a ton of things done in the garden. I'll be sharing some of those projects with you later in the week, but for now I wanted to share the biggest project that was tackled this weekend.
We awoke on Saturday to a heavy fog lying low over the area. It was truly a beautiful and ethereal sight looking out my bedroom window.
Looking across from the deck, the trees were like a mirage on the neighboring property.
There's something about a spring morning mist that just feels right when you're in the mountains. It's just part of the season....the damp earth rising up to meet the warm sun.
By the time we were done with breakfast it had cleared, and the sun was playing peek-a-boo with us for most of the day. There were showers on and off all day, but I couldn't let them stop me.
The biggest project that was tackled this weekend was this:
The centerpiece of my property was a mess. The Dogwood, that the previous home-owners had planted, was not at all suited to life on the mountain top. It never produced so much as one itty bitty flower. And the plantings underneath the tree were all wrong. Chives, very tall Daisies, and even taller Tansy.
Not to mention the weeds. Lots and lots of weeds.
I'm not sure what the plan was here, but for me, the area under a tree needs to complement the tree, not fight with it.
This is what it looked like last summer:
That just doesn't work for me at all. It all had to go. It was just a mess in the middle of the garden.
My daughters bought me a lovely new tree as my Mother's Day gift, and it was time to get it planted.
Thanks, girls! Mommy is so excited!
The tree is only a youngster right now, but eventually it will look like this:
|'Bloodgood' Japanese Maple|
Isn't it just gorgeous? It will be nice to add another color to the landscape, rather than the sea of green that was there previously.
My sweetie came over to my house on Saturday afternoon, and in between raindrops he tackled the hardest part - digging out the Dogwood and planting the new Bloodgood Japanese Maple. Thanks, Sweetie - you're the best!
The Dogwood never stood a chance, really. It was planted on top of a pile of giant rocks. My poor sweetie had quite the time digging out all those giant rocks, and making the hole large enough to give the new tree a good start in my garden.
The Dogwood is all packed up and ready to go live in the valley, at my mom and dad's summer home. It will be much happier there!
After my honey was done with the digging and planting....and sweating and cursing....it was my turn.
I pulled apart the stacked stone wall surrounding the tree, and dug out every single root that I could find of the previous plantings.
What a mess. What I thought was going to take me an hour took about 3 hours!
When I had all the roots dug out, I rebuilt the wall from scratch, making the circular raised bed a bit larger all around. I felt it was a better fit with that little bit larger diameter. The old footprint was really too small for the property.
I topped off the whole thing with 4 large bags of organic potting soil, and smoothed it all out. It will get mulched eventually, but at that point I was completely out of steam.
I'm delighted with the end result and can't wait to see the tree leaf out and settle into it's new home.
It looks pretty small when you're looking down from the deck but eventually it will be just the right size for this location.
The tree is centered on the front of the house when you are looking at it from across the lawn.
PS - the deck above is still a work in progress - see how it's two different colors right now? I'll be sharing updates on that project when It finally gets completed. The weather has held things up....doesn't it always?
The new tree will be an absolutely lovely focal point when it grows up a bit. Meanwhile, I plan to plant annuals around the base, to really make the centerpiece of my property a proper centerpiece.
I love the way the circular bed is a focal point when you enter the property, by the stone path. The tree, when it grows up, will also help to add a bit more privacy.
Meanwhile, at the end of a very busy day in the garden, I could just barely drag myself up the stairs to the deck. But I managed....and I poured myself a raspberry gin, and settled into a chair by the firepit for a little rest before starting dinner.
I had lots of company stop up and visit me while I sat in my comfy chair by the fire.
This cute little guy spent ages trying to decide if it was worth it to jump up and help himself to a peanut. I don't think he quite knew what I was, sprawled out in the chair, covered with dirt.
The Red Winged Blackbirds have been regular visitors to the flat feeder this spring and they are a most welcome sight.
I think my visitors approve of my new tree.
They seem happy here.
So am I.