Recently I mentioned the weather was cooling and I felt as though a change of season was upon us. Well, I seemed to have jinxed it because it’s hot and humid again. Sigh.
Anyhoo, I have been contemplating more garden designs. Yes, it’s never-ending! During autumn and the winter months I shall work upon the preparing the ground for new additions. One plan is to unify all the existing beds with cypress mulch, which will require some framing around the outer edges of the grounds, landscape cloth and of course, mulch. I would also like to build an arch trellis which will be the focus point of entry from the road. Plantings will go in next spring.
There is another area to the property that has been neglected that I would like to tackle as well. It is behind the house in what used to be a very shady area. However, since the dilapidated house next door has been purchased and is in the process of restoration the owner has removed all the trees that gave us privacy and shade. Since this happened all types of saplings have sprung up and the area has become overgrown.
As you can see there isn’t much of a back yard. At one time the property went beyond the fence on the right, but sometime after World War II the family who owned the home at the time sold the land to another family so that they could build their son a home returning from the war. Most of the open space I have for a proper garden rests on the side of the house.
As you can see there is no fence between this house and the next. There is half a tall privacy fence to the left. It is starting to come down so intend on repairing it and extending it.
This fence is made with cheap plastic lattice and the problem with this is it doesn’t contract and expand with temperatures changes so it is broken all over. I had to periodically tend to it, but I have almost run out of places where I can drive a nail in. I would like to replace it with wood lattice and as stated earlier will continue the fence down to the existing fence. I’m also hoping my landlords will allow me to deduct the cost of this from the rent.
I intend to eventually put up a small garden shed in the area and maintain a small wild flower garden with simple pine straw paths weaving through. In the picture above you can just make out a tall plant springing up from the green of the Vinca. It’s wild Wisteria and wasn’t there until all those trees came down. I am going to construct another obelisk for it such as the one I built this year for the Mandevilla, but (this is where the insanity sets in) I intend on building it sixteen feet tall! You’re probably thinking I’m a bit touched. Perhaps I am a little, but it’s okay otherwise life would be boring.
In my mind’s eye I see a great tower reaching towards the heavens, covered in Wisteria, draped in beautiful purple flowers, surrounded by delicate wild flowers. Ahhhh…
On the top of this grand tower of pine will be a fabulous tin obelisk, two feet tall from the base to the tip, which will raise the overall height of the structure to eighteen feet! I found the tin obelisk on ebay and purchased it immediately. It should arrive sometime this coming week!
I need to come up with a solution for getting rid of the green algae on the side of the house permanently. The HVAC is located under this window and the exhaust fan on the top sprays water, if it is raining all over the wall. At least this is what I assume it is from. I am thinking of perhaps constructing some type of roof over the HVAC so water can’t fall down into the fan, but it will need to be high enough so not to block the exhaust. It seems like a lot of work for a place I don’t own, but I don’t mind doing it if the landlords will cover the expense. They are rather agreeable with my suggestions and ideas. I think we have a good arrangement.
Yeah, I have my work cut out, but it will be done a little at the time. Hmm, looking at this picture I just had another idea. I think I need to paint all that wood below the screen porch. When I first moved in the back underside of the house was open. This house is built raised off the ground, but they are meant to be sealed for insulation and one year my pipes froze and busted! The landlords paid someone to seal it up with pressure treated wood, but I am thinking it should be painted to match the painted brick foundation in the front and sides of the house.
See, I just gave myself more work!