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May 1, 2009

The Perennial Explosion – Our Inherited Garden

Hoooleeeeeeeeeee Cow. We bought the perennial jackpot with this house.  I can’t believe it. birthday-and-tuna-royal-052

Look at these jonquils!  These are only a couple bushes of the massive jonquil explosion that has taken over our yard.  This is the front garden right in front of the built in brick flower box next to the front porch. 

And we were totally not expecting this.  Sure, I knew we had mature landscaping.  In fact, that has been a bone of contention between Hubs and I since we bought this place.  He was all for chopping stuff down right off the bat.

“Those trees are ugly,” he said, “and that bush totally needs to be cut back.”birthday-and-tuna-royal-050

“Just wait a year,” I said, “then we can see what stuff looks like and where stuff is, and we can make better judgements on what we can keep and what can go.”

“But that one tree is tilting towards the…”

“One year! And then you can start chopping stuff down.”

Whew. Good thing I insisted.  The places we thought were empty have totally transformed. In the last few weeks green has been popping up everywhere.

This pretty bush is another from the front yard.  Not sure what it is, but I love the flowers. birthday-and-tuna-royal-047

Here is a crazy picture.  This is the massive flowering tree we have in our front yard.  I think it might be a crabapple tree, but whatever it is, it is so pretty.  It was also one of the earliest blooming trees in the neighborhood.  Our cherry tree in the backyard is blooming now too, which I am really excited about.

Speaking of cherry trees, I am not looking forward to cherry season.  Our tree is HUGE, much, much too tall for any kind of net that would keep birds away.  Hopefully there will be enough cherries for them to get their fill and leave enough left for pie.  I don’t know, though. Hubs said the birds probably won’t be that considerate. birthday-and-tuna-royal-054

Ahh well.  Here is a shot of some of the flowers in our back garden, which is mostly just a shade garden.  In the summer this will fill with Japanese Lanterns, but for now there are some really pretty Hyacinths, and some other stuff I don’t know the name of.

All this flora is great….except there really isn’t room to add our own personal stamp on it.  Hubs really wanted to have mid-century landscaping, too. I just feel like it would be such a waste to pull it all out, especially because it is so pretty.  Oh well. This year I am going to just enjoy it.  Plenty of time in the future to worry about what should and shouldn’t stay….

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6 Responses to The Perennial Explosion – Our Inherited Garden

  1. Terry Kearns Reply

    May 1, 2009 at 9:29 am

    I’m sure y’all will leave some great surprises for the lucky owners after you.

  2. sablemable Reply

    May 1, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Whatever the tree is, it is indeed a fruit tree. Absolutely beautiful it is! Glad your husband was restrained, LOL!

  3. Jenna @ Newlyweds Reply

    May 1, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Beautiful, I bet your really glad you guys waited.

  4. Tikimama Reply

    May 1, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    That is just complete gorgeousness!

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  6. jane Reply

    May 8, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    I think the unknown bush is a rhodedendron or better known as a rhody. But I could be wrong. Easy to care for but might be needing a cutting back if it gets too leggy.

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