March 13, 2011
Dan and I set about clearing out the front and back yards this weekend of all of last year’s pride-turned-debris, as we’ve done for several years now. I’ll say one thing, though. This year it feels really good, though. Like we finally (kinda) know what we’re doing – if even just a little bit more than we did three seasons ago.
Eager to get started with this nice bit of warmer weather taunting me on my lunch break on Friday, I couldn’t think of anything else by Friday afternoon. So after work we hit the store and by late Saturday morning we had planted the front yard with hearty, cold-tolerant yellow pansies, a lovely pink flowering shrub called a Japanese pieris (known as “Mountain Fire”), another tough shrub called mugo pine, some heath, and two different kinds of lavender that we transplanted from last year’s construction bucket experiment in the backyard. (See below for last year’s back yard garden. Construction buckets and all.)
My goal with the front yard was really to create a landscape that we’ll grow into and that will continue to look beautiful and organized into the winter months. Both the Japanese pieris and the mugo pine both are evergreens which means they’ll keep some color and all of their shape into the fall and winter months, and the lavender plants (in my opinion) are fairly attractive even when bare-stemmed by the harsh temperatures.
In terms of growing into an ever-expanding, but well-planned yardscape? Well, we left enough room for the three little heaths (currently 12″ high) to grow into the full three-foot wide bushes we hope to see them grow into, and we left enough room for the mugo pine to grow from its 18″ stature into the 4 ft x 4ft bush it’ll eventually become. We hope.
The pièce de résistance? Well, that little japanese pieris I mentioned before is only 18″ tall today. But some research tells me that we can expect it to grow to about 8 feet tall, given the optimum conditions we’ve provided for it in its current location. Perrrfect to round out the variety of heights and hues in the front yard. Like an orchestra of color and shape.
Want to know about the backyard and our ever-changing home garden production schedule? Well, friends – you’ll have to visit back later this week to find out… Okay, I’ll give you a hint: The ole wolf peach makes a return visit to the Fagella farm this spring.
(Bonus points if you can figure out what that means and post in the comments below.)
Until next time!