Birch trees – Part of the plan all along

Hello! You are very welcome to my blog. A wonderful thing took place this week. Something that I’ve wanted and planed for a very long time, finally happened. The truth is, in the past I have struggled with decisions. It could be paralyzing, actually, not being able to decide on one thing over the other. Turns out, it was a sign of a lack of self belief. Once I discovered this, I began to focus – a lot more – on trusting myself. While I have improved, I sometimes still grapple a bit. This had even spilled over to the garden. Picking items to plant, and where to plant them sometimes was a real struggle. I have been wanting to get some trees for a very long time, but could not get everything right in my head to make it happen. But a couple of weeks ago I finally nailed down exactly what I wanted and where I wanted them. And this week, it all came to pass when five Birch trees and one Magnolia tree were planted.

I would be telling an untruth if I said I wasn’t a little stressed about where exactly to put the trees. But we had them placed in exactly the spot I had envisioned for them, and I could not be happier. Although I have not created a formal layout of our garden, I have always had ideas in my head of what I wanted each section to look like. I would probably recommend creating a formal layout, though! As we change up and expand different sections of the garden going forward, I’ll be drawing up my plans. This is especially helpful as my husband needs a clearer picture than my vague descriptions if he is going to help! ūüôā

The trees really are something to see. We are so happy with how they look. The staggering of the five trees also creates a small bed underneath, which I already have plans for. The variety of the Magnolia tree is called Heaven Scent. There were rave reviews online, so I’m really looking forward to seeing if the scent is as lovely as they say!

We were so lucky with the weather, too. After a week of ‘unsettled weather’ (that means bucket loads of rain along with gusty winds) we had a beautiful, blue-sky day for the trees to be planted. The next day the ‘unsettled weather’ returned.

And that is the story of how my Birch and Magnolia trees came to be!

Now, if I could just figure out how to work with that great big rock in our front yard…

Take care!

In Peace,
Dana

birch trees view of fields
A view of the five birch trees in our front garden. We worked with a local nursery, Nature Works. We were delighted to have the heavy duty work done so easily!
birch trees close up
A close up view of the Birch trees.
front yard view before trees
A view of the yard before the trees arrived. That is the large rock I referred to. Any suggestions???
birch trees end of day
A little blue sky and sun brighten the landscape up tremendously!
birch trees full front view
A full view of the front garden.
Magnolia tree
The Heaven Scent Magnolia is between the Nootka Cypress and the cherry tree.
Cornus Florida end of Oct
I couldn’t resist this picture of our flowering dogwood tree (Cornus Florida ‘Cherokee Chief’). Isn’t it beautiful?
Erysimum 'Super Bowl' Mauve
Erysimum ‘Super Bowl’ Mauve is a must have in the garden. This plant is just so easy, and brightens up the garden, where ever it is planted.
schizostylis RED end of Oct
I showed you pink last week, but I also have red Schizostylis (Hesperanthus or Kaffir Lily). That is a dogwood shrub with burnt orange/yellow leaves in the background, which will show off its red stems in the winter.
Rainbow in garden end of Oct

We had a pretty rainbow in between the rain, although it was still very windy. It is hard to believe we could have such lovely weather and then such horrible weather, back to back! I hope the weather by you has been good! As always, stay safe and healthy and thanks for visiting! ūüôā

Beauty in the Frost

Beauty is everywhere. All you have to do is see…

Calendula Orange Flower

Calendula Orange Flower

We had a hard frost the other night, the coldest it has been this year.  I found the resulting crystals on everything to be quite beautiful.  The morning started out rather foggy, but as the day wore on the sun came out and everything became that much more beautiful!

Calendula in the sunlight

Calendula in the sunlight

Everything was so white it looked as if it has snowed. ¬†But much to my children’s disappointment, it was just frost which by the end of the day had melted away (mostly anyway).

Playhouse and fruit garden view

Playhouse and fruit garden view

Everything was white, even the sky!

Fruit garden view

Fruit garden view

My crochet-bombing of the sewer pipe is still brightening up the garden.

frosty crocheted sunflower

frosty crocheted sunflower

and then with the sun…

Fruit garden in the sun

Fruit garden in the sun

What a difference the sun makes!  I was busy tidying up inside our house because family were coming to visit us later in the day, but I kept being pulled outside to the garden to take pictures!

A frozen spider's web

A frozen spider’s web

Here are some before/after sun pictures:

Beech hedges

Beech hedges

beech hedges

beech hedges

I have had very little time in the garden recently, so it was fun being outside even if just for taking pictures.

Frosty Pics 3

 

A frosted hydrangea flower.

hydrangea

hydrangea

American Pink flowering dogwood: Cornus Florida 'cherokee chief'

American Pink flowering dogwood: Cornus Florida ‘cherokee chief’

This lovely little tree I planted a year ago. ¬†You can see that it still has a few leaves on it. ¬†I bought it because it reminds me of ‘home’ back in New York. ¬†My parents had one in their yard when I was growing up.

Cornus Florida 'cherokee chief' (American Pink flowering Dogwood)

Cornus Florida ‘cherokee chief’ (American Pink flowering Dogwood)

I can see this little tree when I am washing dishes in the kitchen. I envision seeing lots of lovely birds in it when it grows bigger, well, eventually.

Cornus Florida 'cherokee chief' (American Pink flowering Dogwood)

A frosty Cornus Florida ‘cherokee chief’ (American Pink flowering Dogwood)

Dogwood up close

Dogwood up close

 

another pic of the Dogwood

another pic of the Dogwood

On the other side of our hedge there are a row of weeds lining the fence (you can see them in the picture above).  They usually annoy me, but I thought they looked quite pretty covered in frost!

Winter Weeds

Winter Weeds

The birds hadn’t finished eating all of the hawthorn berries (there were tons!).

That's a lot of berries!

That’s a lot of berries from earlier this winter.

Now there are fewer berries and they have quite a frosty look.

Frosty Hawthorn berries

Frosty Hawthorn berries

We placed a bird nesting container in the trees not too long ago.  Unfortunately, it gets a bit too windy around here so now the nesting materials are everywhere!

Bird nest gone wild

Bird nest gone wild

I love seeing the different looks of the fields around us, even when it is rather grey.

View from the back of the side yard.

View from the back of the side yard.

Frosted Calendula Flower

Frosted Calendula Flower

earlier in the week

earlier in the week

As 2014 comes to an end, I’d like to thank you for reading my blog, commenting, and “liking” it! ¬†I blog because I love to share my love of gardening/photography/baking/crocheting! ¬†I hope that I inspire you, even if just a little bit, to try something different.

I wish you a very Happy New Year and only best wishes in 2015!

In peace,

Dana