gardening surprise

lilacOur 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?

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4 Replies to “gardening surprise”

  1. We had tons of surprises in the first few years of our house. Ours wasn’t really to our liking either and we’ve spent a lot of time tearing things out and establishing raised veggie beds. We also spent a lot of time on our interior at first and our now revisiting a few rooms that got left behind.

    1. I feel very guilty tearing living things out just because I don’t like them and may attempt to put them in spare pots and offer them to anyone who can pick ’em up with no guarantee they’ll survive the experience but at least I tried.

      I am quite happy i took a “wait and see” attitude with the sticks and now that I know a lilac can survive there I may add in more. :)

  2. You should be able to take cuttings from your lilac. They are tough buggers. When a farmhouse down the hill was demo’d to make way for new atrocities, Neal dug up a white lilac from the yard (white is my fave), put it in the trunk, and dragged it up the hill. It took a few years for the blooms to come back, but this year it looks fantastic.

    You will have no problem passing plants along! Don’t trash them!

    1. I should clarify that I really don’t trash anything. It all goes in the compost pile… which had a beautiful display of daffodils out the side this year. ;)

      I will try to pass plants on first before I force the cycle of life upon them.

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