Last weekend when I started tackling the grape vines, I kept getting hit with raindrops, but it was warm and humid, and it wasn’t supposed to last, so I continued on. This is what the sky looked like as I made my way to the Back 40 to deal with the grape vines back there:
So we gave it to our friends for their house since she was a pool fiend and all they had to do was come dismantle it and take it away. Since it had sand under the pool, and it was out in the open away from trees, we used it as the perfect spot for our humongous burn pile. In fact, hubby and a friend of ours initiated what became known as ‘The Burn Circle’ by dragging a shed that used to house stinky goats from the previous owners and burning it:
I sort of let the grape vines that survived grow a little wild, limiting the trimming of them to make sure I didn’t cut what I wasn’t supposed to cut (you know, so they’d actually produce grapes).
They looked more like grape bushes instead of vines, so I tackled them and did some drastic trimming…Princess Nagger was lamenting as the pile’o’vines grew that I was cutting all the grapes off. Sure, we’ll not have as many grapes this year from these vines, but the ones we’ll have will be big and juicy…and next year we’ll have a ton of grapes to make wine…and maybe some jam. 😉
I also planted a Fruit Cocktail tree – it will bear nectarines, peaches, plums, and apricots all from the same tree. It’s doing great, in spite of being overshadowed on the back side by the old apple tree. Hubby cut some of the branches off the apple tree to give the Fruit Cocktail tree more light, so it should do just fine. I didn’t prune it at all this past fall or spring, I wasn’t sure where to cut to make sure I didn’t accidentally get rid of any of the varieties of fruit this is supposed to bear. There’s actually one fruit growing on it right now – next year is the year it should produce, but I’m excited to see what kind this one fruit is:
I also planted a 5-on-1 Apple Tree on the side of the house (where my beautiful dogwood used to be before the house painters killed it…*sniff!*) The apple varieties are: Red Delicious, Yellow Delicious, Dark Red Jonathan, Yates and Winesap. Last year it got attacked by bug varmints, so I had to cut off some of it’s baby branches, then I didn’t want to prune it because I was facing the same dilemma of how and where to do so to make sure I don’t eliminate one of the 5 varieties of apples it will produce. So of course it looks a bit gangly this year, but I’ll be able to successfully prune it in the fall and see how many apples I’ll get off it next year:
Along the front edge of the driveway I planted a row of Purple Leaf Plum Hedges – these will do double duty…they’ll actually grow into hedge formation and produce edible cherries! It’s been a work in progress, the plants I’ve gotten have either been dead on arrival or died shortly after planting from the stress.
Luckily I got them from Direct Gardening – they have a one year guarantee of replacement no matter how the plant dies…and they’ve been great about replacing replacements, so I have been able to replace all six a couple of times – I just replaced 2 that were dead on arrival (but I planted them anyway, in the hopes that they were just in deep dormant state when I got them in the late fall). I’ll have to put some blue tubes on them for the summer, just so they’ll thrive and get nice and strong before winter. One of them appears to be top heavy, so I haven’t figured out the magic trick to get it to stay upright yet. I might put a blue tube on that one for one more year just to make it stand up straight! You can see the newest one planted in the foreground – the one that looks like a stick. 😉
I have three rose bushes that are growing wild this year – I didn’t get a chance to cut them back in the fall, Mother Nature kept sending us warmish weather and I didn’t want to kill them…add to that a warmer-than-normal winter, and frost advisories in May, it’s been a pretty wacky year. Luckily, in spite of them looking like wild bushes this year, they’re blooming some beauty to enjoy:
I planted a row of dwarf cherry trees along the back side of the driveway, then created a small flower bed between the cherry trees and boxwoods by planting blue festuca, Peacock Plumbago, Houttuynia, pineapple thyme, and black columbine. I’m keeping the blue tubes on the cherry trees one more year even though they should have been taken off this year, but I want to protect them a little longer from the idiot neighbor pit bull that takes great pleasure peeing on them…grrrr! We’ll be painting the barn to match the house this summer, and I really need to get a load of mulch to make my flower beds really look ‘finished’.
And finally, the moment you’ve all been waiting for…the update on the stream! Remember this from Memorial Day weekend:
Then we dug up the grass on either side, used the landscaping timbers as edging, and I planted plants and mulched everything:
Travis inspected the flagstone and seemed to be fine with his stream changing a bit:
So there you have it! What I’ve been up to the past two weeks, which has greatly limited my online time. Hovering hubby will be back to work tomorrow for 4 days (he took this next Friday off, too), so hopefully that means I’ll have some time to actually relax and do some blog-hopping and commenting…at least the withdrawals from being offline haven’t been too bad, since I’ve been working my butt off out in the yard! 🙂