Thursday, September 1, 2011
A Push From Irene?
We have never done anything to change the plant growth down by the road. It is so wild that Ed is hard to find in this picture. The wildness was mostly on purpose. We liked the idea of having our secret garden hidden at the end of an old farm road. Sumac trees have been growing along the edge of the property line. Not sure of the exact location of the property line, Ed thought the sumac trees would have to go. I was hoping they would get to stay. Irene settled that question for us. Apparently Irene didn't like it that way and the Sumac trees were wind thrown by the storm. The mowed area in the background belongs to our newest neighbors. They actually gave us a bigger push to do something with this area before Irene even got here. Where there used to be an old rusty barbed wire fence, the neighbors want to put in a post and rail fence.
Ed has already been planning and working on this latest project. He has been clearing more of the wild space making it safe to mow. Piling the clippings will kill the plant growth in preparation for spring planting. Ahead of the brown area just behind the beautiful electric pole, (Yes our power is back on today!!!! ) he plans to build a short low stone wall. A low maintenance perennial border will be placed on our side of the fence line. Janet, a friend with years of experience at the NYBG, will help us choose low maintenance plants, and help us plan their spacing and placement.
Since Irene uprooted the trees, it will be easier to clear them away and we will work on that soon!