Our house was purchased as move-in condition, if we liked the style of the prior owner.
He had grand gardening plans and while I appreciate all the work he did, it is a bit too much for me to maintain and not all to my taste as I prefer simplicity over multi-colour patchwork variety.
As his taste for interior decoration also differs from ours, for the past two years (almost!) we have chosen to focus primarily on the interior spaces of our property while maintaining the outdoor spaces at a minimum level. Weekly lawn care, yes. Timely removal of leaves from the front, yes. Timely moving those leaves from where I dumped them just inside the back gate to the compost pile? Pruning? erh.. I’m training a boxwood gate for entry onto the deck and was early in applying compost for the raised beds we just built, ok?
We are finishing up this year’s inside projects and since it is finally warming and there is occasional sun, we are turning our sights to the outdoor spaces. We are blessed with a very nice tiny bit of earth, even if it is super dense clay.
While we have developed detailed records of the interior and mapped out things such as the esoteric electrical, we have not yet created a landscape map.
During the deep endless snows of last winter, I wondered to E what those sticks in the front might be.
I was delighted to find they bloomed this past week into a beautiful syringa, and will mesh well with the plan I have for the simplification of the front garden.
Have you recently made a pleasant rediscovery this spring?