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2014 Recap: The Rest of the Garden

The rest of our garden, extending from the flagstone patio toward the front of the house, did very well last summer. Every spring I think that I should have planted bulbs the previous fall to fill in bare spots as the perennials wake up, but I never do it. I guess there’s always next year.…

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2014 Recap: The Patio(s)

In addition to adding shrubs near the vegetable garden, I also wanted to add some near the patio. After some research, i decided that Little Henry Dwarf Virginia Sweetspire (Itea virginica ‘Sprich’) would work well under the pergola. They’ll only grow a few feet tall and wide (supposedly), so they should fill in this area…

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In Bloom, Late Fall?!

While it remains to be seen if the majority of shrubs we planted last June will reappear next spring after they struggled all summer during the drought — despite our efforts in keeping them watered — at least one of our new rose bushes next to the patio seems to be doing well, even this…

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Yard Progress

The photo below shows that while we’ve finished some things in our yard makeover, we still have quite a ways to go on other things. What is done: the brick paver sidewalk, the pea gravel patio, the bluestone path from the front of the house to the flagstone patio and the bluestone walkway to the…

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The Backyard is Smokin’

It’s so nice to finally start working outside again. Pete just dragged out the Adirondack chairs, so I’m ready to soak in some morning sunshine and cool breezes. The backyard, between the house and garage, has filled in the most overall since we started planting last year. Most of the arborvitae (background) are doing well,…

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House Mimics Nature

Who knew that our Black Chokeberry would match the house so well, or vice versa? The oranges, greens, reds and browns really mimic our colorful face brick. I haven’t noticed any birds feasting on the berries yet, but it should provide some much-needed food as winter approaches.

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Summer Growth

Well, I wish I could say that we’ve been away on a fabulous vacation, but alas, no such luck. I’ve just been too busy with work to post anything. That, and we haven’t done all that much around the bungalow. I do have some new things to report, however, so I’ll get to those as…

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Busy Weekend

It was an action-packed weekend here at Bungalow Chronicles. After a family obligation Sunday afternoon, Pete and I drove out to The Natural Garden in St. Charles. It’s not the most convenient nursery to go to, and it took a solid hour’s drive, but they are one of the few nurseries in the area who…

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Arbs and Dogs

Here are the photos I promised yesterday. First, to refresh your memory, the before picture: Same view from our family room, after: Another view from ground level: We spaced the Arborvitae (again, the “arbs” as they were called at the nursery) 30″ apart. They will eventually form a privacy hedge and will grow 8-10 feet.…

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Cautiously Optimistic

We planted the Arborvitae last night (photos to come). We also bought dogwood shrubs while we were at Lurvey’s but ran out of time (and sunlight) last night, so we’ll plant those tonight in front of the “arbs” as they were called at the nursery. We ended up with the variegated leaf (green and white),…

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