Thursday, May 24, 2012


I may have mentioned before that we live in a neighborhood where everyone has 5 acres.  One would think that this would be idyllic and peaceful.  When we first bought the property 18 years ago, that's exactly what it was.  So quiet and undisturbed.  As in so many other areas that is no longer the case.  We have million dollar homes to the east of us, whose owners hire landscape companies to keep their yards in order which involves multiple noisey machines going at the same time.  We have neighbors to the back who have recently decided that the beautiful untouched back area of their 5 acres if the perfect place  to tear around on their ATV (thankfully this doesn't happen often).  To the east of us is a teenager (bless his creative spirit), who has put a band together and they practice in their garage.  To the west of us is the worst possible situation.  A dog kennel that houses 8 cocker spaniels.  Let me say up front that I have nothing against these dogs, it is the owners I take issue with.  Their kennel was built about 6 years ago and it faces our driveway and house.  The poor dogs are locked up about 22 hours a day and they bark at me constantly out of sheer boredom.  Due to this and the unpleasant interactions that have been taking place with our dogs and theirs along the fence line we have decided that enough is enough.  Last week I planted 146 Thuja Green Giant seedlings.  My research tells me that these grow 3 feet per year and are very hardy.  In 3 years if all goes well they will be about 8 feet tall.  They are lovely conical shaped evergreens that resemble those you would see in French Renaissance gardens.  They should give us the privacy we desire and block out some of the noise surrounding us.  Will keep you posted on their progress.


My husband is convinced he is the "demi-god" of fire.  He is a master at starting and maintaining a fire regardless of it's size.  He has even been known to restart a fire after a drizzle simply by "moving things around" with the backhoe.  (yes, we have a backhoe, long story.)  I am sure there are many of you who feel that it is unsound practice for the environment to burn.  I completely understand.  It is something we have had to do around here for 18 years considering the size of our property and the amount of debris from trees etc...  Once my horses come home, burning will be cut down dramatically as we will have a very large compost bin, but there will always be a burn pile here at Tangled Gardens.  Large limbs, fallen trees etc... we salvage and re-use what we can and the rest, well you know...  The pics below are of what I expect to be the last of our huge piles.  There were several tree stumps in the center from some diseased trees we had cut down a couple of years ago.  The pile is now simply two charred stumps that may have to be buried.  Just thought I would share something a little different.  

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Wisteria and Windows

When we were at a local "destination" garden last year we picked up 3 old window frames for a mere $5.00 a piece.  Finally got around to stripping and sanding off the majority of the old paint, removed the old glass and my ever handy husband installed them on our "pavillion."  This one is my favorite.  I had it put near my wisteria thinking it would look lovely with the blooms dripping in front of it.  I love the results and thought I would share this little outdoor "vignette." Hope you enjoy!