Floral Design forum: Stevens Yard....WARNING! Very messy!

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Ontario, Canada (Zone 6a)
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Steven
May 18, 2010 11:59 AM CST
I just got a few pics showing our backyard, here is one from above. After this coming weekend we should have finished gardens on both sides of the yard and have all the junk cleared away! Also the fence on the right needs to be painted and the plants in the garden bed need to be moved to make way for the patio which should be going down in the next few weeks.

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Steven
May 18, 2010 12:00 PM CST
This is showing where the patio is going at at the back of the house. You cant see this area in the first photo. Again, soon the junk will GONE!

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Steven
May 18, 2010 12:03 PM CST
This area is on the left in the first photo, you can see I have already done some transplanting. I can't wait till we get this all done and I can start buying a few more plants!

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Steven
May 18, 2010 12:05 PM CST
And the last pic for now is on the right in the first photo. This is the fence that needs to be painted still.......alot of work ahead of us! I'm hoping to rip out the yew on the left in this pic. Its really dead looking with very little new growth....hoping to replace it with a Lilac or an Elderberry.

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Steven
May 18, 2010 12:06 PM CST
And just one more pic of the back of the yard where we are hoping to plant some sunflowers.

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indygardengal
May 18, 2010 5:55 PM CST
Is that the blue pot in the next to last picture? I am going to get dark blue (navy?) paint this week end and put some pink petunias and the rest of my bidens and something white in with it. I have 4 supertunias yet to pot up so need to get to thinking.
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Steven
May 19, 2010 8:41 AM CST
Yup, those are both my blue pots, I didn't even realize I had taken pictures of them Sticking tongue out The bright blue on the left is in an iron chair and the navy one is on the right planted with a pink brug.
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Steven
May 19, 2010 8:48 AM CST
I just checked and the dark blue is by ColorTool and is just called 'deep blue 743'. Its a matte finish but has a little bit of gloss to it. I needed something white to for my planting so I picked up this rose at Lowes http://www.newflora.net/detail.php?id=13&op=2 It seemed like an option that was a little different form the usual. So far its doing really well!
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haighr
May 19, 2010 6:50 PM CST
I think that natural fence looks great unpainted? Are you sure you want to paint it?
Looks like you have a nice centralized location, what is all that ground that surrounds your fenced in area? Any chance you can expand past the fence?
We all have junk to get rid of and it just takes a bit of patience to get it all done, but looks like you have a great plan. Can't wait to see it with the patio!
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Steven
May 20, 2010 9:14 AM CST
The paint actually helps the fence weather better so we have to do that, plus we already painted one fence so we have to do the other one now Hilarious! I agree though, the unpainted fence looks quite nice too.
The area beyond the fence is a meadow area set aside by the city, with all the development that’s happening they set aside these areas to be left alone. The conservation authority would be on anyone who tried to cultivate it Sticking tongue out
I still can't believe I posted that pic with all the junk *Blush* it will be gone though this weekend! I'm not sure if its a long weekend for you in the States, but here this is the weekend where people do all their planting. I'm going to try to get a few more plants today before the mad rush starts!
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haighr
May 20, 2010 6:50 PM CST
Long weekend, but not until next weekend! Tasha, Mike and granddaughter coming to the cabin this weekend so will get a few things done up there, having some water problems. Then hope to stay home for the long one next weekend and plant some more seeds!
Can't wait to see what you do with that area of congestion, bet you will have it in tip top shape in no time.
I do like the unpainted but know what you mean about the protection.
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Name: Candee Gaye
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haighr
Jun 6, 2010 5:20 PM CST
So Steven, how is the clean up coming?
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Steven
Jul 9, 2010 9:08 PM CST
Candee, I'm so sorry for not replying sooner! I've been outside as much as possible and not online as much. The clean up is coming good! And we've have a long stretch of hot sunny days which is a nice change from all the rain we've had here. The plants are starting to grow like crazy and the garden is looking really good! I took a picture tonight which I will post but first check this link to see the 'before'! http://cubits.org/arrangements/thread/view_post/224327/
Ontario, Canada (Zone 6a)
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Steven
Jul 9, 2010 9:12 PM CST
Here is the 'after'! (from a slightly different angle)

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Name: Annie
Western WA Zone USDA 7b
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Poochella
Jul 10, 2010 1:54 AM CST
Hi Steven, I read your "before" thread, before, but probably didn't post. But now........

WOW! Transformation has taken place. I love the fence color and your plants look so happy blending in together. Very nice work!

In the 'before' photo at your link, I see a lot of gallon Ziploc bags with foliage. Do you start plants in them or were they plant divisions stored in the bags?

Very nice work on a wonderful yard for you to enjoy this summer and year round perhaps Hurray! .
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Name: Candee Gaye
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haighr
Jul 11, 2010 12:48 PM CST
WOW, I can see you have been out there working like a dog Steven, the change is spectacular. All that work has really been worthwhile. The fence looks great. Now how about sending me some of that rain you talked about?
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Ontario, Canada (Zone 6a)
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Steven
Aug 9, 2010 9:16 PM CST
Thanks Candee! Its hard to think how much the yeard has changed these past few months! But it is looking amazing with all the sun we've been having. Its nice to be gardening again after having to cut back these last couple years.

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Steven
Aug 15, 2010 7:20 PM CST
I did a tour of my yard here if you want to come check it out! http://cubits.org/MG/thread/view/31618/

Hope your all having a great summer!
Name: Candee Gaye
Western Maryland
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haighr
Aug 19, 2010 8:16 AM CST
Steven, the link didn't seem to work?
“If you feel you’re being picked on, you should talk to the flowers in my garden!” ~ cgl
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Ontario, Canada (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Container Gardener Enjoys or suffers cold winters Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Orchids
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Steven
Aug 19, 2010 10:05 AM CST
Hmm, thats odd! I tried it and it seem to be working now? Maybe Dave was working on something when you clicked it Confused Anyhow, here it is again http://cubits.org/MG/thread/view/31618/ Hopefully it will work now! Big Grin

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