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.
Gardening in the Pacific Northwest.
Passionate about the rambling tangled look of a cottage garden. I love to spend multiple hours making it all happen in my 50+ perennial beds (including 26 rows in a cutting garden), heirloom vegie and herb garden with a few fruit trees and berries.
Please follow me as I note my successes and set-backs in my gardening venture.