Constant Effort

Because we have not yet landscaped the house after our major renovation, the yard nearest the house is loaded with weeds.

The lush green grass was seeded in the fall of 2013, the rest of the yard is haphazard weediness.
The lush green grass was seeded in the fall of 2013, the rest of the yard is haphazard weediness.

When Charlie seeded the back lawn we should have done the entire yard.

The olive tree looks fine but the yard near the house is patchy with plantain, crabgrass, and clover.
The olive tree looks fine but the yard near the house is patchy with plantain, crabgrass, and clover.

The areas that were left undone are now covered with crabgrass.

The large American boxwood and 3 hydrangeas are staying -- everything else must go.
The large American boxwood and 3 hydrangeas are staying — everything else must go.

In the east corner of the house are the only original plants from before the excavation. Due to the lovely hot weather and regular rainfall the unwanted vegetation is taking over.

I'm hoping to eventually have a hedge of hydrangea on this side of the house mainly to hide the parged foundation.
I’m hoping to eventually have a hedge of hydrangea on this side of the house mainly to hide the parged foundation.

The hydrangeas had been pulled up and transplanted back to their original spots.

The blue and pale green looks so fresh.
The blue and pale green looks so fresh.

Three Nikko blue hydrangeas are blooming again this year.

The choke cherry trees and tall weeds have taken over the children's garden.
The choke cherry trees and tall weeds have taken over the children’s garden.

Our children’s garden which was created a few years ago has been overcome with the dreaded choke cherry tree — loads of saplings.

With some vigorous weed pulling the border starts to emerge.
With some vigorous weed pulling the border starts to emerge.

While Charlie was mowing he took some time out to chop down (actually pull up by the roots) these cherry trees — I cannot tell a lie.

Variegated liriope edge the bed which hold daisies and day lilies.
Variegated liriope edge the bed which hold daisies and day lilies.

This area already looks more civilized.

I hung a mirror on the front of the shed in which I caught reflection of Charlie clearing out the herb square.
I hung a mirror on the front of the shed in which I caught reflection of Charlie clearing out the herb square.

He also stooped down to pull the unwanted weeds from an herb bed near the wee little house (our shed).

A patch of pink Joe Pye weed and yucca spears grow under a Japanese maple in the east yard.
A patch of pink Joe Pye weed and yucca spears grow under a Japanese maple in the east yard.

It is a constant effort to keep things tidy in the yard but we’re trying.

Do you chop it down or pull it up by the roots?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

4 thoughts on “Constant Effort”

  1. I feel your pain! We have different weeds out west, but they grow just as vigorously. I can never get the upper hand, even though we mulch. I’m already discouraged this year! WAH!!

  2. I am trying to get my yard together this year and i started with turf builder sticking to the planned timings listed in the bag. I am also hoping to make a hedge wall of hydregenias on the west side of the house. Will be blogging about that soon.

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