Besides watching the 49ers lose the super bowl John, the kids and I tackled a big project this weekend. Dealing with a camellia bush was a task I have been putting off for a while but wanted to get done before the spring. This gigantic tree is one of four that have massively grown up around the house. This one in particular was blocking light and damaging the paint and shingles on the front of our house.
It was also spaced far enough out from the house that it was taking up some valuable real estate. We don’t have a huge yard and we want to make every bit of it usable that we can. So last fall I had the camellia “pruned”:
I know, it’s pathetic–poor camellia. But it really opened up our yard so much and made our living room so much brighter. I knew after a few months we had to get it taken out. So about a week ago we did:
Which left us with a 12 x 12 patch of dirt. But oh the possibilities!
(By the way, looking at these pictures I think of all of us bloggers who were over the moon about our hydrangeas 5 months ago and look at them now! They look like a garden Morticia would have from the Addams Family. Just a bunch of brown sticks. I knew it would look like this for the winter but seeing the contrast in the pictures above makes me realize how dramatic the change is).
But I digress. We had a bunch of large (24×24) pavers and gravel that we pulled up when we added the lawn on this side of the house so we decided to use some of them for a patio eating area here. John got back to work laying them and making them perfect just like he did on the brick path.
Then we assembled this arbor and anchored to the ground with concrete. Added some sod and mulch, a climbing rose and here we are:
The arbor is redwood so it will fade to gray like the fence has. Plus we planted a climbing rose next to it which I hope will grow quickly.
Below you can see the lavender border I planted too. I’m hoping it will get enough sun there to do OK. Not sure once that big tree gets all its leaves again.
I’ll be sure to do some real afters when everything is blooming in the spring and we get those raised planters full of summer veggies again. This really is our urban oasis so I plan to work hard to get it looking good.
By the way, has anyone grown Japanese Boxwood before? We have this low hedge that I planted last year and I know they are slow growers, but how slow? Will they get noticeably taller in the next couple of years? Hoping to have a few feet before too terribly long…
Are you doing anything to prepare your garden for spring?
PS-I realized this weekend watching the Super Bowl that my 7 year old thought that Baltimore was Boldemort–like Voldemort. I guess he thought they were true evil.