Welcome to the 231st Metamorphosis Monday!
Before I dive into this week’s Met Monday, just wanted to take a second to answer a question I’ve been getting about the BNOTP newsletter, Postcards from the Porch. I haven’t sent one out since Max passed because I just didn’t have the energy to create blog posts and put together the newsletter, too. I will be starting it back up soon though, most likely this next weekend. Thanks for understanding the temporary hiatus.
For this Met Monday I thought I’d share the progress the tree guys have made so far. I always forget that usually during any kind of renovation, things have to get a lot uglier before they get pretty. We are definitely in the ugly stage!
When you last saw the front yard on Friday, it looked like this and the plan was to remove the River Birch and Holly along with the seven Leyland Cypress down the side yard. Those things were done on Friday.
AFTER: Do you see the changes?
The humongous holly on the corner is gone. You can now see both of the windows in the living room downstairs and both windows in the bedroom upstairs. Those rooms are also much brighter inside without the holly blocking out so much light.
You may not have noticed the River Birch is gone because right behind it on the other side of the walkway is a very large magnolia. If you look closely at the picture below, you’ll see the stump where the birch tree used to be. My tree guy will be grinding down all the stumps when he comes back this week.
You can see the birch stump a bit better in this photo below.
In Friday’s post I shared this picture below. It’s the view a visitor would have seen when visiting my home. A lot of “ducking of foliage” would have been needed to navigate the walkway leading to the front door due to the aggressive River Birch.
AFTER: There’s an actual walkway under there! YAY! I’m not sure what that sunny yellow orb is on the right. Looks kind of strange, doesn’t it?
Looking back at the front of the house, see the arrow pointing to the Debutante Camellia? As much as I hate to do it, I’m thinking of having it removed and planting another camellia somewhere else in the yard. I love my camellia but it’s covering up way too much of the front of the house and is encroaching on a window in the dining room. I cut it back once before but in no time it was really big again. I may try cutting it back one more time but that’s just delaying the inevitable, I’m afraid. It just grows too large to be a foundation plant.
I also need to have the magnolia carefully pruned (not limbed up) by someone who knows the correct way to do that. I’d like to have both dormers in the upstairs family room visible again. I didn’t plant the magnolia, it was here when we moved in. I do love it, though, so it has to stay. I use the leaves at Christmastime in my decorating, too.
Remember the dark area on the right side of the house from Friday’s post?
This is how the side yard looked most of the time due to the large Leyland Cypresses planted along the edge of the property.
Here’s how it looks now. Very different! The stumps will be ground out this week.
Another view of the side yard…no longer the dark dungeon it was before.
In this view of the side yard, you can see one of the decks and the edge of the screen porch in back. I want to plant a couple of fast growing trees back again in the back yard to recreate the privacy I had for the porch and decks from the house next door. The Leyland Cypress trees were in terrible shape so they had to go, but I definitely want to replace the three that were in back with two new trees.
I’ve decided to have the large oak removed. It was a tough decision but your comments on Friday’s post reiterated what I was thinking. I’m tired of worrying about it falling on the house during a tornado or big storm. I’m tired of the gazillion, million acorns it drops that decay in the grass and kill it. I’m tired of digging millions of oak trees out of the islands and flower beds each year. I’m tired of it shading out too much of the yard and house. And I’m tired of it killing everything I’ve tried to grow near it, including grass. It’s a bit like having a giant telephone pole in your front yard, the only part you ever see is the big, gray trunk.
There’s a second large oak in the front yard but it’s off to the side of the house in a much better and less dangerous position. That one is definitely staying.
Once all the trees are gone, it will be time to recreate the islands and the flower beds, then sod the yard and plant some foundation shrubs. I’ll have the Waterfall Japanese Maple (left of the front door) moved in the fall and foundation plantings will go in on that side, too. This is really going to be a full-scale makeover and I’m excited to get it done!
Looking forward to the Before and Afters posted for this Metamorphosis Monday!
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