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Title: The 2017 edition of Todd's ongoing Yard Adventure . . .
Post by: Oldcarsarecool on June 25, 2017, 07:09:14 PM
Welcome to the 2017 Edition of Todd's Ongoing Yard Adventure .  .  .
 
  
  
  
  
I'm a little late getting the story of my annual rite of spring penned for no reason other than life has a tendency to do that on occasion.  Turning the calendar to 2017 begins my fifth year of what I affectionately refer to as my ongoing Yard Adventure.  That may sound like an elaborate title.  But in reality, it's nothing more than a giant exercise of trial and error.  I dig a lot of random holes in the dirt and make a bunch of guesses, (some educated and some not).  I had no idea where I was going with this adventure when I started.  And I've been confused for five years already.  But I've managed to turn an open space in my front yard into something, even though I'm not quite sure what "something" actually is.  Looking back on the last five years, I see that I've made quite a few physical changes to my surroundings.  But more importantly, I've also managed to alter my decades-old perspective of how I view "yardwork" and what it means to have a yard.  
 
I moved into this house in 2009.  Keen observers will note that starting in 2009 and adding five years does not equal 2017.  I actually consider 2012 to be the start of what I term my annual Yard Adventure.  While I had done a few small things prior to that, 2012 is when my entire outlook really began to evolve.  My first few years in Georgia were spent practicing the only form of "yardwork" that I knew from my past with a skill set that consisted of two activities that I could do with some level of proficiency:  Cutting the grass and trimming the hedges.    
 
My neighbors told me that my house was unoccupied for around 18 months prior to my arrival.  Like any home on the market, the grass was cut during that time.  But a lot of the basic maintenance was hit or miss.  The front yard, which was nothing more than a bunch of green weeds, seemed to be in decent shape.   This is what my yard looked like the week after I moved in.
 
 
May 25, 2009
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/2009-What-did-I-get-myself-into-/May-21-Seeing-what-I-have-to-work-with-/i-8f2KtXf/0/3edaf30b/X3/Flash2_004%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/2009-What-did-I-get-myself-into-/May-21-Seeing-what-I-have-to-work-with-/i-8f2KtXf/A)
 
 
Nothing special, nothing different, nothing particularly exciting.  It was a front lawn full of low maintenance grass that was in good shape overall.  It was also what my decades-old perspective of "yardwork" was looking for.  I continued in Georgia where I left off in Missouri using what I learned in Pennsylvania and put my skill set to use.  I cut the grass.
 
 
May 27, 2009
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/2009-What-did-I-get-myself-into-/May-21-Seeing-what-I-have-to-work-with-/i-rkD6Bgp/0/c47c465e/X3/Flash2_106%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/2009-What-did-I-get-myself-into-/May-21-Seeing-what-I-have-to-work-with-/i-rkD6Bgp/A)
 
 
And I trimmed the hedges.
 
 
July 23, 2009
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/2009-What-did-I-get-myself-into-/July-23-Beginning-the-cleanup-process-/i-jvqTT9V/0/7e98756f/X3/40%20Trimmed%20the%20bushes%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/2009-What-did-I-get-myself-into-/July-23-Beginning-the-cleanup-process-/i-jvqTT9V/A)
 
 
And I tried to grow grass.  A typical conversation with myself from that time went something like this:  "There's a bare spot over there next to the driveway."
 
 
May 21, 2009
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/2009-What-did-I-get-myself-into-/May-21-Seeing-what-I-have-to-work-with-/i-MZbKS5L/0/78ff88c1/X3/Haus_062%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/2009-What-did-I-get-myself-into-/May-21-Seeing-what-I-have-to-work-with-/i-MZbKS5L/A)
 
 
I had no idea what pine straw was and didn't realize that it is commonly used as a landscaping feature in this area of the country.  My mind saw a bare spot, (i.e. a place in the yard that doesn't contain grass).  "I need to plant some grass there."  So my first "yardwork" exercise saw me getting rid of the pine needles and trying to get grass to grow.  Success was limited at best.  By spring 2010, the large defined circular area full of pine straw seen above had morphed into something a little less defined but marginally more green.  You definitely wouldn't see me in a Scott's Turf Builder commercial.  But my mind was happy the bare spot was gone, even though it really wasn't.
 
 
April 7, 2010
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/A-photographic-essay-of-spring-2010-/April-7-More-cleaning-up-and-general-maintenance-/i-3vmF4rV/0/1de1e5ab/X3/19%20Yard%20doesn%27t%20look%20too%20bad%20when%20cut%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/A-photographic-essay-of-spring-2010-/April-7-More-cleaning-up-and-general-maintenance-/i-3vmF4rV/A)
 
 
Later that summer, I embarked on my first very simple planting project.  My then-wife bought two miniature rose bushes.  I thought they would look great in an open area in front of the house and broke out the shovel.  One of them died over the winter.  But the other one survived and was actually looking pretty good when spring 2011 arrived.  Looking back on this after the fact, I can't help but see this as an extremely prophetic statement considering that spring 2011 would also feature a divorce.
 
Planting those two rose bushes was hardly what anyone would call an intense activity.  It was, however, when the figurative seed changing how I view "yardwork" was planted, (I guess that would be both literally and figuratively).  
 
 
May 8, 2011
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/2011-More-maintenance-than-adventure-/May-8-A-bunch-of-panorama-shots-/i-dzkw6x9/0/71d68ba7/X3/6%20One%20of%20the%20rose%20bushes%20in%20front%20has%20survived%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/2011-More-maintenance-than-adventure-/May-8-A-bunch-of-panorama-shots-/i-dzkw6x9/A)
 
 
I spent the remainder of 2011 continuing to put my past to good use by keeping up with the maintenance.  The place didn't look too bad by the end of that season.
 
 
November 19, 2011
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/2011-More-maintenance-than-adventure-/November-19-Some-cleaning-up-at-the-end-of-the-season-/i-FQR3TsQ/0/4a66bfe8/X3/8%20Left%20front%20yard%20looking%20toward%20the%20driveway%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/2011-More-maintenance-than-adventure-/November-19-Some-cleaning-up-at-the-end-of-the-season-/i-FQR3TsQ/A)
 
 
I also spent the remainder of 2011 initiating some much needed maintenance on my life.  Divorce number 2 drove home the fact that the yard wasn't the only aspect of my existence that needed a lot of work.  The seed that was planted earlier would have to wait.  Any ideas I may have started to consider beyond basic maintenance were put on hold for the remainder of that season.
 
Turning the calendar to 2012 ushered in a whole host of changes in my life.  The Q & A sessions I had been having with myself  -  who am I, what am I looking for, what is important to me, why do I do the things I do, etc.  -  began to sink in and infiltrate every aspect of my life, including my idea of "yardwork."  The seed I planted earlier now had the opportunity to grow, and was beginning to yield some visible results.
 
I finished building a new patio off of my back porch in February.  I remember looking at the space and thinking, "A couple of small shrubs would look nice here."  
 
 
March 24, 2012
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/My-annual-yard-adventures-humble-beginnings-from-2011-/March-24-My-first-plantings-in-the-yard-/i-BRWbxwC/0/7113db68/X3/12%20Put%20two%20small%20Japanese%20Boxwood%20shrubs%20by%20the%20new%20patio%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/My-annual-yard-adventures-humble-beginnings-from-2011-/March-24-My-first-plantings-in-the-yard-/i-BRWbxwC/A)
 
 
I looked at the empty spot in front of the house previously occupied by one of the miniature rose bushes and decided to plant something in its place.
 
 
March 24, 2012
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/My-annual-yard-adventures-humble-beginnings-from-2011-/March-24-My-first-plantings-in-the-yard-/i-PVJXCZB/0/b694638f/X3/4%20Put%20an%20Eleanor%20Taber%20Indian%20Hawthorn%20in%20front%20of%20the%20garage%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/My-annual-yard-adventures-humble-beginnings-from-2011-/March-24-My-first-plantings-in-the-yard-/i-PVJXCZB/A)
 
 
I also tried to add something to the front porch area to try and make it more appealing.  
 
 
March 24, 2012
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/My-annual-yard-adventures-humble-beginnings-from-2011-/March-24-My-first-plantings-in-the-yard-/i-sRSbJDG/0/6c791962/X3/3%20Planted%20two%20Leyland%20Cypress%20shrubs%20in%20front%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/My-annual-yard-adventures-humble-beginnings-from-2011-/March-24-My-first-plantings-in-the-yard-/i-sRSbJDG/A)
 
 
I remember looking at my front yard and thinking two things.  In spite of all the maintenance I had done, it was still basically one giant weed field with a few patches of actual grass scattered throughout.  It was a good "50-footer," meaning as long as you're more than 50 feet away, it didn't look bad.   But don't come any closer.  My second thought centered around the idea that, since Georgia summers are very hot, I'd like to have some more shade.  And from those simple thoughts arose an idea.  If I planted a tree right in the center of the front yard, I'll eventually have more shade and possibly be able to use that as a bridge to getting rid of some of the weeds.  The October Glory Maple tree, the first new resident of my front yard, went in the ground on April 21, 2012.
 
 
April 21, 2012
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/My-annual-yard-adventures-humble-beginnings-from-2011-/April-21-The-first-new-resident-of-my-front-yard-/i-sCVVHZH/0/992cd952/X3/10%20Should%20have%20lots%20of%20shade%20in%2030%20years%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/My-annual-yard-adventures-humble-beginnings-from-2011-/April-21-The-first-new-resident-of-my-front-yard-/i-sCVVHZH/A)
 
 
I took this Yard Adventure idea born in 2012 and ran with it.  The following spring, I started looking into adding a color other than green to the front yard.  My mailbox area got a much needed upgrade.
 
 
March 17, 2013
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/2013-Expanding-on-last-seasons-ideas-/March-17-Fixing-up-the-mailbox-area-/i-qts5xxg/0/73d68594/X3/13%20Cleaned%20up%20mailbox%20area%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/2013-Expanding-on-last-seasons-ideas-/March-17-Fixing-up-the-mailbox-area-/i-qts5xxg/A)
 
 
The maple tree got some company.
 
 
April 14, 2013
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/2013-Expanding-on-last-seasons-ideas-/April-14-The-maple-tree-gets-a-yardmate-/i-w5ncz5Z/0/d605cb51/X3/7%20New%20trees%20in%20the%20front%20yard%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/2013-Expanding-on-last-seasons-ideas-/April-14-The-maple-tree-gets-a-yardmate-/i-w5ncz5Z/A)
 
 
Even though I was concentrating on the front yard, I didn't forget about the back yard.  A few new residents moved in there as well.
 
 
March 31, 2013
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/2013-Expanding-on-last-seasons-ideas-/April-1-Bright-colors-are-appearing-/i-CNkBQDn/0/c9a2cc97/X3/6%20New%20plants%20from%20yesterday%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/2013-Expanding-on-last-seasons-ideas-/April-1-Bright-colors-are-appearing-/i-CNkBQDn/A)
 
 
A whole host of new residents moved in during the 2014 season.  I planted stuff in small clusters and ended up with several of them scattered about the front yard by the end of the year.
 
 
May 4, 2014
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/2014-More-additions-to-the-family-/May-3-4-Moving-the-bulbs-out-front-/i-pndCsNj/0/27abbf87/X3/28%20Moved%20the%20bulbs%20out%20front%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/2014-More-additions-to-the-family-/May-3-4-Moving-the-bulbs-out-front-/i-pndCsNj/A)
 
 
When I turned the calendar to 2015, I remember looking at those individual clusters and liking how that type of expansion worked.   I still had a lot of available room for more new residents.  Planting more of these small clusters seemed like a good way to highlight each one.  But if I'm going to plant a bunch of clusters of individual plants, I started to wonder if I could somehow connect them all together.  That would get rid of a lot of weeds, reduce the amount of mowing that would be required, and look pretty nice.  Rapid expansion became the theme for that year and actually worked much better than I had expected.
 
 
September 20, 2015
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/The-2015-yard-adventure-/September-19-20-2015-A-few/i-z5qVXWq/1/92aa0732/X3/30%20Made%20some%20adjustments%20out%20front%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/The-2015-yard-adventure-/September-19-20-2015-A-few/i-z5qVXWq/A)
 
 
Last year saw me being a bit more cautious.  The design had evolved to the point where adding more stuff just for the sake of adding more stuff could be counterproductive.  The last thing I wanted was to go from having a nice yard packed full of greenery and color to being a cluttered mess.  But that didn't mean I couldn't find room for a few more new residents.  
 
 
September 18, 2016
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-annual-Rite-of-Spring-20/September-18-The-end-of-the-se/i-GGcr2GL/0/824a7271/X3/69%20Front%20yard%20panorama%2C%20Sept%2018%2C%202016%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-annual-Rite-of-Spring-20/September-18-The-end-of-the-se/i-GGcr2GL/A)
 
 
That brings me to spring 2017.  I've done quite a bit to this yard since I've been here, with a majority of the changes taking place within the last two years.  I've reached the point where I don't want to get ahead of myself.  It's easy to take a guess as to how things will look based on what the tag on the plant says.  But the only way to judge accuracy is to actually let the growing/maturing process happen.  That means this year will be more maintenance based than anything else.  I'm going to give what I already have in place the chance to grow a little bit so I can try and get a better idea of what I'm working with.
 
Welcome to spring 2017 .  .  .


Title: Re: The 2017 edition of Todd's ongoing Yard Adventure . . .
Post by: Oldcarsarecool on June 27, 2017, 01:47:27 AM
The awakening process .  .  .
February 2017
Part 1 of 3
 
 
 
 
 
I thoroughly enjoy living in a region where turning the calendar to February indicates the arrival of spring.  Central Pennsylvania where I grew up is still firmly in the grips of winter in February, (I woke up to 18 inches of snow in my driveway over President's weekend 2003).  But not Georgia.  February is typically a weather roller coaster.  High temperatures hover in the 50s but often reach the 70s during a warm period.  Overnight lows can reach into the 20s.  While not really "winter" according to the definition I'm used to, this is cold enough for most of the green to disappear.
 
 
February 6
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/February-6-23-The-awakening-process-/i-ff3bzQN/0/ac53799e/X3/9%20Front%20yard%20Feb%206%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/February-6-23-The-awakening-process-/i-ff3bzQN/A)
 
 
The grass is brown, a lot of the hardwoods have dropped their leaves.  Those plants that do stay green over the winter don't show a lot of activity.  Everything near the driveway is covered with pine needles.  The small grenades from the sweet gum tree cover everything as you move further inward toward the front door. 
 
 
February 11
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/February-6-23-The-awakening-process-/i-8HbhbWN/0/3e8904c5/X3/24%20Need%20to%20start%20the%20clean%20up%20process%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/February-6-23-The-awakening-process-/i-8HbhbWN/A)
 
 
I cut the Yellow Flag Irises down to the ground over the winter.  That means I've got a lot of debris to clean up in the center of the yard as well, (there is actually a bunch of red mulch from last year buried under there somewhere in the photo below).  The bottom line is that, just like every spring, I've got A LOT of cleaning up to do !
 
 
February 6
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/February-6-23-The-awakening-process-/i-xmghkxh/0/20ac5495/X3/6%20Cut%20the%20irises%20down%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/February-6-23-The-awakening-process-/i-xmghkxh/A)
 
 
I've been working in this yard long enough to recognize when and in what order the various plants wake up for the season.  Mother Nature is pretty consistent.  The first plant that shows any signs of activity is the Japanese Camellia.
 
 
February 6
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/February-6-23-The-awakening-process-/i-K3xmtmR/0/349dfcec/X3/8%20Japanese%20Camellia%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/February-6-23-The-awakening-process-/i-K3xmtmR/A)
 
 
The camellia in my yard is actually three separate plants clustered together.  The tallest section and one of the lower sections flower in pink, and the other lower section flowers in red.  Blooms usually begin to appear in January, and are noticeable by the beginning of February.   
 
 
February 6
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/February-6-23-The-awakening-process-/i-M4nzHgz/0/e168176d/X3/7%20Camellia%20blooms%20early%20each%20season%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/February-6-23-The-awakening-process-/i-M4nzHgz/A)
 
 
Once into the middle of February, the whole cluster is covered in flowers .  .  .


February 23
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/February-6-23-The-awakening-process-/i-tSzpBGb/0/e1b6d527/X3/39%20Japanese%20Camellia%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/February-6-23-The-awakening-process-/i-tSzpBGb/A)


Title: Re: The 2017 edition of Todd's ongoing Yard Adventure . . .
Post by: Oldcarsarecool on June 27, 2017, 01:50:34 AM
continued .  .  .
Part 2 of 3
 
 
 
 
 
The green stalks of the daffodils also start to appear around that same time frame.  It's not unusual to see a few flowers in early February.   
 
 
February 6
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/February-6-23-The-awakening-process-/i-NNh8Zrh/0/852f2412/X3/1%20Feb%206%20-%20Daffodils%20coming%20up%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/February-6-23-The-awakening-process-/i-NNh8Zrh/A)
 
 
I discovered not too long after I moved in that I had daffodils scattered all throughout the yard.  I've gradually relocated them this area for no reason other than this is where all the early flowering plants ended up.  Daffodils, tulips, crocus bulbs, alliums, and several unknown "Mystery Bulbs" all call this corner next to the driveway home.
 
 
February 6
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/February-6-23-The-awakening-process-/i-5RmVs3B/0/277287bf/X3/2%20Daffodils%20coming%20up%20and%20blooming%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/February-6-23-The-awakening-process-/i-5RmVs3B/A)
 
 
I tried to plant all of the daffodils together, which I did.  But little did I know some of the mystery bulbs I planted nearby turned out to be daffodils.  At least they're all planted in the same vicinity.
 
 
February 6
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/February-6-23-The-awakening-process-/i-g8B7DDX/0/e9264a17/X3/3%20Daffodils%20coming%20up%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/February-6-23-The-awakening-process-/i-g8B7DDX/A)
 
 
Daffodils tolerate the cold pretty well, but seem to be sensitive to a sudden cold snap.  Even so, a few of them flowered this year.
 
 
February 11
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/February-6-23-The-awakening-process-/i-WmBS3Zr/0/53b3712f/X3/21%20Daffodils%20doing%20very%20well%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/February-6-23-The-awakening-process-/i-WmBS3Zr/A)
 
 
Another early bloomer that always makes its presence known first are the crocus bulbs.
 
 
February 11
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/February-6-23-The-awakening-process-/i-vWVHcwv/0/03429197/X3/22%20Daffodils%20and%20Crocus%20bulbs%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/February-6-23-The-awakening-process-/i-vWVHcwv/A)
 
 
I'm not sure how I managed to get the early bloomers, (daffodils and crocus bulbs), together in one area.  But I'm sure it was by accident.
 
 
February 13
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/February-6-23-The-awakening-process-/i-S9tt9ZW/0/e5c62773/X3/28%20Daffodils%20and%20Crocus%20blooms%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/February-6-23-The-awakening-process-/i-S9tt9ZW/A)
 
 
I planted a few individual crocus bulbs here in 2014.  But then I found several clusters in the backyard.  I've gradually tried to relocate all of them to this area.
 
 
February 15
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/February-6-23-The-awakening-process-/i-gc74q6T/0/b9685e78/X3/31%20I%20relocated%20Crocus%20clusters%20last%20year%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/February-6-23-The-awakening-process-/i-gc74q6T/A)
 
 
The plants below were part of the group of "Mystery Bulbs" I mentioned earlier.  I'm not sure what they are, but the name "Bluebell" comes to mind.  One of the stems broke off, so I put it in a small vase on my kitchen table.  Talk about fragrant !
 
 
February 23
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/February-6-23-The-awakening-process-/i-GT5Jr8M/0/488d44b3/X3/33%20Heather%27s%20mystery%20bulbs%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/February-6-23-The-awakening-process-/i-GT5Jr8M/A)
 
 
Well this is a pleasant surprise !   
 
 
February 6
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/February-6-23-The-awakening-process-/i-fs8SWvb/0/cb6314a3/X3/4%20Blooms%20on%20the%20Star%20Magnolia%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/February-6-23-The-awakening-process-/i-fs8SWvb/A)
 
 
This Star Magnolia that I planted in 2014 has been one of those "slow and steady" residents.  It produces a handful of flowers each spring, after which it turns green and continues to grow.  But it sure takes its time doing so.  I had a total of ONE bloom last year.  To see a bunch this year is great !
 
 
February 6
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/February-6-23-The-awakening-process-/i-fJzg4fK/0/c8b8ebf2/X3/5%20Star%20Magnolia%20bloomed%20better%20this%20year%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/February-6-23-The-awakening-process-/i-fJzg4fK/A)
 
 
After surprising me for a couple of weeks, it began to turn green late in the month .  .  .
 
 
February 23
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/February-6-23-The-awakening-process-/i-X89b32v/0/475a572d/X3/38%20Star%20Magnolia%20doing%20well%20this%20year%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/February-6-23-The-awakening-process-/i-X89b32v/A)


Title: Re: The 2017 edition of Todd's ongoing Yard Adventure . . .
Post by: Oldcarsarecool on June 27, 2017, 01:51:24 AM
continued .  .  .
Part 3 of 3
 
 
 
 
 
Seeing activity at the Chinese Snowball makes me smile !
 
 
February 11
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/February-6-23-The-awakening-process-/i-dc6MQ2N/0/ecd38072/X3/25%20Seeing%20activity%20on%20the%20Chinese%20Snowball%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/February-6-23-The-awakening-process-/i-dc6MQ2N/A)
 
 
I planted the Chinese Snowball originally in 2014 in front of the house.  Realizing it has the potential to be quite large, I moved it to this spot in 2015, after which it dropped a bunch of leaves, which had me concerned.  "Concern" turned into "worry" the following spring when it didn't flower at all.  It looked like it was alive, but I wasn't really sure.  So seeing it start to wake up this year is definitely encouraging.
 
 
February 23
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/February-6-23-The-awakening-process-/i-ZmKMk54/0/5385e24a/X3/36%20More%20activity%20on%20the%20Chinese%20Snowball%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/February-6-23-The-awakening-process-/i-ZmKMk54/A)
 
 
I look forward to seeing the Bridal Wreath Spirea wake up each season.   
 
 
February 10
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/February-6-23-The-awakening-process-/i-jktg6m4/0/3364ee3d/X3/17%20Bridal%20Wreath%20Spirea%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/February-6-23-The-awakening-process-/i-jktg6m4/A)
 
 
It always starts to wake up at the beginning of February, and fills in rather quickly.  Blooms start appearing in March.  It has looked wonderful each spring, and has become my favorite feature of the yard.
 
 
February 23
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/February-6-23-The-awakening-process-/i-FL4WncL/0/927f482f/X3/40%20Bridal%20Wreath%20Spirea%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/February-6-23-The-awakening-process-/i-FL4WncL/A)
 
 
I have two loropetalum shrubs in front of the house that also bloom in February.   
 
 
February 23
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/February-6-23-The-awakening-process-/i-SHQgZmJ/0/9f5a6467/X3/34%20Loropetalums%20are%20blooming%20red%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/February-6-23-The-awakening-process-/i-SHQgZmJ/A)
 
 
They were in place when I moved in and have always looked great each spring.
 
 
February 23
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/February-6-23-The-awakening-process-/i-BHPzqwG/0/6cf3edd3/X3/35%20Loropetalums%20are%20blooming%20red%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/February-6-23-The-awakening-process-/i-BHPzqwG/A)
 
 
This small azalea continues to amaze me.  It doesn't seem to be growing in size.  But it flowers beautifully each spring even after being relocated twice.
 
 
February 23
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/February-6-23-The-awakening-process-/i-LjTQRpx/0/b7ffd1ba/X3/37%20Relocated%20small%20azalea%20beginning%20to%20bloom%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/February-6-23-The-awakening-process-/i-LjTQRpx/A)
 
 
Speaking of azaleas, this is also the time when the driveway azaleas begin to wake up.  The cluster next to the street usually wakes up first.
 
 
February 10
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/February-6-23-The-awakening-process-/i-FWjf3pQ/0/ba6f459a/X3/18%20Driveway%20azaleas%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/February-6-23-The-awakening-process-/i-FWjf3pQ/A)
 
 
I took a chance last year and hacked this cluster way back, (as in half-its-original-size back), in an attempt to encourage new growth at the base of the plants.   
 
 
February 23
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/February-6-23-The-awakening-process-/i-5D99cqL/0/6d0ee80c/X3/41%20Driveway%20azaleas%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/February-6-23-The-awakening-process-/i-5D99cqL/A)
 
 
It looks like that strategy worked.  I'm seeing a lot of color, especially near the base.
 
 
February 23
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/February-6-23-The-awakening-process-/i-pZ7qZcD/0/e14e4f24/X3/42%20Driveway%20azaleas%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/February-6-23-The-awakening-process-/i-pZ7qZcD/A)
 
 
And in an unusual twist, the second azalea from the street, which usually blooms later than the others, was actually the first azalea to start blooming.
 
 
February 10
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/February-6-23-The-awakening-process-/i-3wWGP3C/0/2190a10a/X3/19%20Driveway%20azaleas%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/February-6-23-The-awakening-process-/i-3wWGP3C/A)
 
 
Not sure what happened, but I'm not complaining.
 
 
February 23
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/February-6-23-The-awakening-process-/i-gmH3bqS/0/b1991b33/X3/44%20Driveway%20azaleas%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/February-6-23-The-awakening-process-/i-gmH3bqS/A)
 
 
Aside from a few slight variations, everything seems to be doing what it should when it should.  Unless Mother Nature decides to throw a cold snap into the mix, this spring should be full of color.  Keep your fingers crossed .  .  .


Title: Re: The 2017 edition of Todd's ongoing Yard Adventure . . .
Post by: Oldcarsarecool on July 03, 2017, 12:39:03 AM
Mother Nature adds some color .  .  .
March 2 – 19, 2017
Part 1 of 4
 
 
 
 
 
The early bloomers like the daffodils, loropetalums, and Japanese Camellia woke up in February just like they are supposed to do.  By the time March rolled around I noticed some activity in the backyard as well.  I'm never quite sure what the Buckeye tree is going to do each year.  It wakes up and turns green, but does little else.   
 
 
March 2
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-5Bc2Fn4/0/17acb3f8/X3/1%20Mar%202%20-%20Activity%20in%20the%20back%20yard%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-5Bc2Fn4/A)
 
 
It hasn't flowered since I planted it in 2014.  But it seems to be growing, even if it is at a very slow pace.
 
 
March 2
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-4SwwFsH/0/f2773f0c/X3/2%20The%20Buckeye%20tree%20waking%20up%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-4SwwFsH/A)
 
 
It looks like some type of bloom is trying to form.  But based on past performance, I'm not holding my breath.
 
 
March 5
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-VrVSqx2/0/81c91bd4/X3/42%20Has%20never%20flowered%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-VrVSqx2/A)
 
 
I've got a few redbud trees in the yard.  They were all in place when I moved in, and are what I'll call "buried," meaning they're in odd spots in the yard that don't seem like the proper place to plant a beautiful flowering tree.  But they turn purple each spring.  The tree in the photo below sits next to the fence in the back of the yard.
 
 
March 2
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-jdLSg4K/0/d972a0bb/X3/3%20A%20Redbud%20tree%20in%20the%20back%20yard%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-jdLSg4K/A)
 
 
I'm going to move the Persian lilac.  This is the third plant I've had in this spot over the years.  The first two died not long after planting.  This 50% off special from the Clearance rack at Lowe's looks like half of it has died.  So I'm going to move it before it completely dies.
 
 
March 5
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-TF5LrhS/0/960a777e/X3/40%20Persian%20Lilac%20looks%20half%20dead%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-TF5LrhS/A)
 
 
I also saw some color on a tree that sits next to the driveway near the garage.
 
 
March 2
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-ZMnPJdk/0/ed156cb2/X3/4%20Some%20blooms%20on%20the%20trees%20by%20the%20driveway%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-ZMnPJdk/A)
 
 
I have no idea what it is.  But it looks nice each spring .  .  .
 
 
March 2
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-MNKncFB/0/a2b5ebb7/X3/5%20Blooms%20on%20the%20trees%20by%20the%20driveway%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-MNKncFB/A)


Title: Re: The 2017 edition of Todd's ongoing Yard Adventure . . .
Post by: Oldcarsarecool on July 03, 2017, 12:45:15 AM
continued .  .  .
Part 2 of 4
 
  
  
  
  
Things in the front yard continued where they left off in February.  Both loropetalums were approaching the end of their spring blooming cycle and looked great !
 
 
March 2
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-t7LKFd7/0/b53cbc74/X3/8%20Beautiful%20red%20Loropetalum%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-t7LKFd7/A)
 
 
I left them alone last summer for fear of curtailing the blooming season by trimming them too late in the year.  The result, although colorful, looks pretty wild.  I'll have to cut both of these shrubs back quite a bit after this blooming season ends.  
 
 
March 2
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-qvdPHkW/0/70e8deb1/X3/9%20Both%20Loropetalums%20are%20blooming%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-qvdPHkW/A)
 
 
The right hand Sky Pencil Holly at the front porch still looks dead.  I don't have a lot of hope for this one.  
 
 
March 8
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-3TgGGB6/0/25a955f4/X3/46%20Right%20side%20Sky%20Pencil%20looks%20dead%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-3TgGGB6/A)
 
 
The small transplanted azalea began blooming last month and looked great by the time March arrived.
 
 
March 2
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-2WbtRPC/0/ec222006/X3/10%20Relocated%20azalea%20looks%20great%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-2WbtRPC/A)
 
 
Hopefully, I won't have to move this plant again.  But if I do, it looks like I can be reasonably sure that it will handle it with ease.


March 8
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-xSdjFFJ/0/601d1aa5/X3/47%20Small%20relocated%20azalea%20looks%20great%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-xSdjFFJ/A)
 
 
The three Reeves Spireas seem to be growing.
 
 
March 2
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-c8rjbpV/0/dab256b0/X3/11%20Reeves%20Spireas%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-c8rjbpV/A)
 
 
The success I have seen with the spirea I planted at the mailbox prompted me to plant these three near the front porch last year.  I don't expect a lot right now because they're still pretty small.  But my goal is for this area to look like a bigger version of the mailbox in the future.
 
 
March 8
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-z6bFWTg/0/ad44f987/X3/48%20Reeves%20Spireas%20doing%20well%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-z6bFWTg/A)
 
 
Blooming continued to intensify on the Japanese Camellia.
 
 
March 2
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-drmTVNk/0/9b9e4acf/X3/7%20Japanese%20Camellia%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-drmTVNk/A)
 
 
The camellia cluster starting showing flowers during the first week in February.  That means by this time, it had been sporting flowers for more than one month.
 
 
March 5
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-fLxz4Ps/0/39ce1ef9/X3/56%20Japanese%20Camellia%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-fLxz4Ps/A)
 
 
I started seeing a few flowers on the Cleveland Select Flowering Pear tree.
 
 
March 2
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-nkKLGGm/0/41282a5d/X3/12%20A%20few%20blooms%20on%20the%20pear%20tree%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-nkKLGGm/A)
 
 
This tree has grown tremendously since I planted it in 2013.  It has to be 4 times its original size by now.
 
 
March 5
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-2SV2jCD/0/1cf6278a/X3/38%20Blooms%20on%20the%20pear%20tree%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-2SV2jCD/A)
 
 
It flowers sparingly each spring, but has been improving with each passing year .  .  .
 
 
March 2
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-BtHhjQF/0/4dcfb076/X3/14%20Cleveland%20Select%20Flowering%20Pear%20tree%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-BtHhjQF/A)


Title: Re: The 2017 edition of Todd's ongoing Yard Adventure . . .
Post by: Oldcarsarecool on July 03, 2017, 12:53:13 AM
continued .  .  .
Part 3 of 4
 
 
 
 
 
The Star Magnolia had already finished blooming by the time March arrived, and was well on its way to turning green.   
 
 
March 8
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-XsrPW6j/0/58ef0530/X3/49%20Star%20Magnolia%20turns%20green%20after%20blooming%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-XsrPW6j/A)
 
 
I'm seeing hints of green appearing at the Goldmound Spireas.  One of them had an encounter with a fire ant mound and will hopefully recover.   
 
 
March 2
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-H3jBFmq/0/7b93bb15/X3/16%20No%20activity%20at%20the%20Goldmound%20Spireas%20yet%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-H3jBFmq/A)
 
 
Activity continued at the Chinese Snowball.
 
 
March 5
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-VV5bDJW/0/6857bff0/X3/22%20Mar%205%20More%20activity%20at%20the%20Chinese%20Snowball%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-VV5bDJW/A)
 
 
I was very happy to see this !
 
 
March 5
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-Bb9GkP5/0/9f354cac/X3/23%20Moved%20it%20in%20Sept%202015%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-Bb9GkP5/A)
 
 
March 5
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-MLsvGt5/0/826f73bf/X3/25%20Wonderful%20to%20see%20blooms%20on%20deck%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-MLsvGt5/A)
 
 
It looked like it recovered from my questionable decision making in 2015.   
 
 
March 8
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-g2kDv6g/0/4f24c1ae/X3/45%20Chinese%20Snowball%20blooming%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-g2kDv6g/A)
 
 
Since I jinxed myself earlier by wondering what would happen if Mother Nature threw a cold snap into the spring blooming season, she was obligated to do exactly that.  The last two weeks of February were spent above 70 degrees, including one day (February 24) at 80 degrees.  This pattern continued through the beginning of March and made EVERYONE happy !  But when we weren't looking, she delivered a week of overnight temperatures below freezing starting on March 11.  I was understandably a little nervous.  But most of the yard, including the Chinese Snowball, handled it pretty well.   
 
 
March 19
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-4Hf9JQN/0/677ace8b/X3/59%20Chinese%20Snowball%20is%20blooming%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-4Hf9JQN/A)
 
 
I didn't have a lot of snowball blooms.  But I had blooms, which made me smile.
 
 
March 19
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-TWxKM7X/0/27d42f2c/X3/60%20Chinese%20Snowball%20blooms%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-TWxKM7X/A)
 
 
The Japanese Maple tree woke up and turned red.
 
 
March 2
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-dQ5sgLk/0/5f910b34/X3/6%20Larry%27s%20Japanese%20Maple%20tree%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-dQ5sgLk/A)
 
 
It seemed to fill in very quickly, and looked noticeably fuller a week later.
 
 
March 8
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-D3KXwR9/0/f656138d/X3/43%20Mar%208%20-%20Larry%27s%20Japanese%20Maple%20tree%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-D3KXwR9/A)
 
 
The Japanese Maple tree and Small Anise tree both weathered the freezing temperatures without incident.  The Small Anise tree is weird.  I was under the impression when I planted it in 2014 that it was supposed to flower in white, even though I have yet to see a flower of any kind.  Not sure really.  So technically, the cold didn't affect blooming.  All I know is that it seems to be growing quite well.
 
 
March 19
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-pWKCQDR/0/4cdb1467/X3/63%20Small%20Anise%20tree%20looks%20good%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-pWKCQDR/A)
 
 
I cut the remnants of last year's Yellow Flag Irises down to the ground in January, and removed the debris last month.  They started to appear shortly thereafter.
 
 
March 2
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-JB5Db9V/0/f20f9f61/X3/15%20Yellow%20Flag%20Irises%20starting%20to%20appear%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-JB5Db9V/A)
 
 
The freezing temps didn't have any effect on them at all.   
 
 
March 19
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-6PJ7bP9/0/7642b604/X3/64%20Yellow%20Flag%20Irises%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-6PJ7bP9/A)
 
 
Techncially, the freezing temps didn't have any effect on the Indian Hawthorns either.  They were dead last month, and appear to still be dead this month .  .  .
 
 
March 19
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-CpmSn3P/0/bb7fb38e/X3/65%20Doesn%27t%20look%20promising%20for%20the%20viburnums%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-CpmSn3P/A)


Title: Re: The 2017 edition of Todd's ongoing Yard Adventure . . .
Post by: Oldcarsarecool on July 03, 2017, 12:58:00 AM
continued .  .  .
Part 4 of 4
 
  
  
  
  
I look forward to the Bridal Wreath Spirea doing its thing every spring.  It woke up last month right on time and was getting greener by the day.
 
 
March 2
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-6zVsGqT/0/a05e4e91/X3/17%20Seeing%20a%20hint%20of%20white%20on%20the%20spirea%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-6zVsGqT/A)
 
 
A few hints of white started to appear.  
 
 
March 5
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-gftLTCz/0/7b79bf91/X3/27%20Bridal%20Wreath%20Spirea%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-gftLTCz/A)
 
 
A few more hints of white.
 
 
March 8
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-rCTwwdP/0/c3a2e1c5/X3/50%20Starting%20to%20see%20a%20lot%20of%20white%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-rCTwwdP/A)
 
 
And that was it.  The freezing temperatures curtailed the brilliant white blooming season I am used to seeing with this shrub.  
 
 
March 19
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-5SPF4CB/0/9ac6dda6/X3/66%20The%20week%20of%2020s%20stopped%20the%20blooms%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-5SPF4CB/A)
 
 
The driveway azaleas were either hit or miss with the freezing temps.  Of the seven shrubs in the line, two of them, (the cluster next to the street and the one next to it), started to wake up last month and bloomed fine before the freezing temps arrived.  
 
 
March 2
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-rP6Xz88/0/9061cc98/X3/18%20Driveway%20azaleas%20look%20great%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-rP6Xz88/A)
 
 
The cluster next to the street always seems to wake up first, and it's a good thing it did.  
 
 
March 5
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March 8
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Hacking this cluster way back last year seems to have paid off in the form of fostering new growth, especially at the base of the plants.  Now I need to concentrate on shaping.
 
 
March 8
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The azalea next in line also started blooming last month.
 
 
March 5
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It basically bloomed before the freezing temps arrived, and also looked great.
 
 
March 8
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But the rest of the line got a late start waking up and didn't do much of anything after the freezing temps.  The third azalea in line, although green and extremely healthy looking, didn't bloom at all.
 
 
March 5
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I started to see a hint of color early in the month on the fourth azalea in line.
 
 
March 2
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But the freezing temps put a stop to that.
 
 
March 8
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The Delaware Valley White azalea I got at one of the UGA plant sales always manages to stay green, but doesn't flower that much, and didn't at all this year.
 
 
March 5
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The next azalea in line did marginally better, but still fell victim to the freezing temps.
 
 
March 8
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And finally, there's the Korean azalea that also came from one of the UGA plant sales a few years ago.  For whatever reason, it always seems to look sparse, like it is on the verge of death.  But it hasn't died yet, and produces one or two flowers each spring .  .  .
 
 
March 5
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Title: Re: The 2017 edition of Todd's ongoing Yard Adventure . . .
Post by: Oldcarsarecool on July 04, 2017, 08:25:21 PM
Todd's turn to add some color .  .  .
March 19, 2017
 
 
 
 
 
The idea of alternating the colors of mulch around the individual plant clusters developed a few years ago when I discovered that Lowe's offered mulch in three different colors – red, black, and brown.  The brown mulch was almost the same color as what I have termed my "homemade" mulch, (leaves, pine needles, and other yard debris I grind up with my lawn mower).  Scattering areas of red and black mulch throughout the design looked pretty good.  I've stuck with this pattern ever since.   
 
 
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Most of the red and black mulch in the yard hasn't been replenished in a few years.  The entire design has faded into several different shades of brown.


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Believe it or not, there is, or was actually a layer of red mulch around the Leyland Cypress.
 
 
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The small transplanted azalea has a layer of black mulch, while the Reeves Spireas were finished in red mulch.  The pear tree has black mulch, and so on.
 
 
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It's obvious that I haven't replenished the mulch in some time.  What was originally black and red has faded and now blends in with its surroundings.
 
 
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Since Mother Nature has done a good job adding color to this point, it's time for me to meet her half way.


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Walmart had mulch on sale for $2 per bag.  I discovered that my Chrysler Cirrus will hold 10 bags of mulch comfortably.  After two mulch runs, one for red and one for black, I got to work.


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Today's task was to start replenishing the mulch, beginning with the rearward part of the front yard.  The process is pretty straight forward - Brush away the debris, add fresh mulch, repeat.


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The Leyland Cypress got a fresh layer of red mulch.  The small transplanted azalea next to it got black mulch.  The Reeves Spireas got red mulch.


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I continued with the alternating color pattern down the rest of the line.  The Chinese Snowball, which only had my homemade mulch last year, got black mulch this year.


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I did make one deviation.  The three crape myrtles all had black mulch last year.  This year they got red, which makes sense looking at the pattern .  .  .


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Title: Re: The 2017 edition of Todd's ongoing Yard Adventure . . .
Post by: Oldcarsarecool on July 04, 2017, 09:14:54 PM
Adding some color, part 2 .  .  .
March 26, 2017
 
  
  
  
  
Another weekend means another trip to the store for mulch.


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Today's project continued the work that began last weekend.  Having done the line of plants closest to the front walk earlier, I started on the middle of the yard today.


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The plan was the same as before.  The first step in the process was to remove all the pine needles and other debris from the surface around each plant cluster.


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In the course of removing the debris, I discovered that three of the Super Blue Lavener plants died over the winter, leaving one remaining.  I originally had five of them in this location.  One died almost immediately.  The remaining plants hung on and seemed to do ok until now.  The good news is that the remaining plant seems to look ok.


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I prepared each of the surfaces for a new layer of mulch.


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I'm sticking with the same color pattern that is already in place.  So the Yellow Flag Irises will get red mulch.


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The Coronation Gold Yarrows will get black mulch.


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The Goldmound Spireas will get black mulch.


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The process is pretty straight forward:  Open bag, dump, spread, repeat, in this case 20 times.


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I gradually circled my way around the design until I ran out of mulch.


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I had enough mulch to finish most of the yard.


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It's amazing what some fresh color can do !


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Only the Coronation Gold Yarrows, Goldmound Spireas, and Silver European Fan Palm tree, (behind where I'm standing in the photo below), remain.  And all will get black mulch.


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-JFxPLmz/0/caeab90f/X3/87%20Still%20need%20more%20black%20mulch%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-JFxPLmz/A)


So far, so good for the month of March .  .  .


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Title: Re: The 2017 edition of Todd's ongoing Yard Adventure . . .
Post by: Oldcarsarecool on July 04, 2017, 09:45:59 PM
Mother Nature adds more color .  .  .
March 26 - 30, 2017





After finishing up with today's round of mulch replenishing, I snapped a few more pics of the Chinese Snowball.


March 26
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I was quite relieved to see that the week of freezing temperatures earlier in the month didn't cause any problems.


March 26
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March 26
(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-79MLdf3/0/1e4ac718/X3/94%20Blooms%20on%20the%20Chinese%20Snowball%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/March-2-30-Getting-the-season-started-/i-79MLdf3/A)


After last season, I would have been thrilled just to see it turn green and grow this year.  Seeing flowers was a wonderful surprise.


March 29
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I also see where the Dogwood Cherokee Princess is blooming.


March 26
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This is another plant that has had me confused.  Even though it's supposed to flower each spring, it has yet to do so in any capacity.  So this was quite nice to see.


March 26
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The large flowering Dogwood, (which I think is a Cherokee Brave), is also blooming.  Like the Yoshino Cherry tree in the back yard, it quietly does its thing and looks great every year.


March 30
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I'm hoping the smaller Dogwood will bloom more as it grows and eventually look like its older cousin.


March 26
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This is certainly good to see !  I planted the Vitex Shoal Creek last year, after which it bloomed and grew quiet well.  Over the winter, it dropped all of its leaves, which had me concerned.


March 29
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I was hoping this was what it was supposed to do, and that it would eventually wake up, which it seems to be doing now.  If all goes according to plan, I should be seeing beautiful blue blooms pretty soon.


March 29
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I also see I have a tulip blooming !


March 27
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And I have another one on deck.


March 27
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Two days later, I had two tulips.  It's not much.  But two is better than none.


March 29
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While all of my attention was focused on the front yard, the Yoshino Cherry tree had been quietly been doing its thing.


March 27
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This is another highlight of the yard, and looked great this spring in spite of the freezing temperatures.


March 30
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I've still got three areas that need fresh mulch, which I'll handle next weekend .  .  .


Title: Re: The 2017 edition of Todd's ongoing Yard Adventure . . .
Post by: Oldcarsarecool on July 04, 2017, 10:23:11 PM
Finishing the mulch project .  .  .
April 2, 2017
Part 1 of 2





It's hard to tell from the photo below.  But I'm seeing a few small flowers on the Creeping Phlox.


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This is another one of those confusing plants.  The Creeping Phlox surprises me each year.  It does nothing throughout the year that resembles "growing."  Yet I still see several small blooms each spring.


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The Chinese Snowball looks great !  I first started seeing blooms appear on March 5.  That means as of the date this photo was taken, April 2, the Chinese Snowball had been blooming for one month.


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I noticed over the winter that one of the Sky Pencil Holly bushes looked like it was dead.  With the spring awakening process underway, I can now confirm that it is, indeed, dead.  The other bush is still alive, but doesn't look too great.  I also see the Tiny Dessert Asiatic Lilies in the planters starting to wake up.


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The Yoshino Cherry tree has finished blooming and is now turning green.  This tree was still white in the March 30 photo I posted earlier.  It's amazing what a difference three days makes.


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The Vitex Shoal Creek continues its awakening process.


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I was concerned about this plant because it dropped all of its leaves over the winter and showed no signs of activity.  But all is well, and I can now breath a sigh of relief.  I realize now that this is what it's supposed to do.  But given my track record, it's understandable why I would worry. 


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The three crape myrtles are also starting to wake up for the season. 


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Crape Myrtles bloom over the summer which will give the yard some color at a time when color isn't normally present.


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Things are not looking too good for the Indian Hawthorn shrubs.  I said that same thing last month hoping that maybe these shrubs were like the Vitex and just needed some time to wake up.  But this doesn't seem to be the case.  I think they're dead.


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I didn't get much of a blooming season out of the Bridal Wreath Spirea this year.  Last month's week of overnight freezing temperatures arrived at the right time to curtail the blooming .  .  .


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Title: Re: The 2017 edition of Todd's ongoing Yard Adventure . . .
Post by: Oldcarsarecool on July 04, 2017, 10:23:43 PM
continued .  .  .
Part 2 of 2





The plan for today was to finish spreading new mulch.  Three areas remained after last weekend, all of which would get black mulch.  I made another mulch run, (this time to Lowe's because they had it on sale), and started spreading.


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I added black mulch around the Goldmound Spireas and Coronation Gold Yarrows.


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The Silver European Fan Palm Tree was the last recipient of new mulch.  I actually have two palm trees here.  The Silver European Fan still looks ok, even though it seems to be shrinking.  A small twig can also be seen poking up through the mulch on the far right of the photo below.  This used to be a large Green European Fan Palm that I first planted in the back yard back in 2013.  Like the Silver European Fan, it kept shrinking.  So I first moved it to an area beside the driveway to see if that would be enough sun.  When that didn't work, I moved it out to the front of the yard to try and save it, which also didn't work.  That small twig stayed green for a few years, but not any more.  It has officially ceased to be.


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And with that, all the mulch in the front yard had been replenished.


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This is good news !  I originally had five Super Blue Lavender plants in this spot.  One of them died shortly after planting.  The others held on until this past winter when three more died, leaving me with one.  It hasn't looked too healthy so far this season.  So seeing green is a good sign.  It looks like it will recover.


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I found a few blooms on the Dogwood Cherokee Princess this year !  For whatever reason, this tree hasn't bloomed in the past.  So seeing a few flowers this year was quite nice.


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The other Dogwood always looks great each spring, and this year is no exception.


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I really like the cluster of ornamental grass I relocated from the back yard to the corner by my front walk.  I think it's the right size and shape for the space.  I've still got a lot of blooms on the Japanese Camellia.  And the Japanese Maple is looking quite red, which is good. 


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I've still got some more cleaning up to do over here.  But everything looks pretty good so far.


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I've also got a lot of cleaning up to do on this side of the yard as well.  The large Sweet Gum tree drops a bunch of those small grenades all over the place.  So my next project will be to adjust the lawn mower as low as I can and collect them in the mower bag.  It will sound like a fireworks display.  But this technique seems to work well. 


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I'm happy with everything so far.  It's amazing what some fresh color can do for the overall appearance .  .  .


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Title: Re: The 2017 edition of Todd's ongoing Yard Adventure . . .
Post by: Oldcarsarecool on July 04, 2017, 11:01:43 PM
An unusually heavy rainstorm .  .  .
April 5, 2017





Heavy rain and strong thunderstorms were in the weather forecast for the Athens area today.  The rain started in the late morning and continued long enough and hard enough to create a few rivers and a couple of swimming pools in my yard like this one seen in the back yard.  The puddling suggests we got a lot of rain in a short amount of time.  No worries here, though.  The two Pieris Snowdrift plants on either side of the photo below have a serious drinking problem and should be enjoying all the rain.


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Runoff made its way to the short path from the back porch to the patio.  The good news is that this is the only area where the water gathered anywhere near the foundation.  And even then, the water continued flowing to the left in the photo below into a small valley behind my house which leads to another small valley in between my house and my next door neighbor, and then to the street.


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My other next door neighbor's downspouts drain into the yard in between our houses.  This isn't normally a problem.  But the heavy rain received today overwhelmed the yard.


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Hopefully, the Bottlebrush and Korean Azalea will benefit from the abnormally large amount of runoff.


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I need to find a way to harness this runoff so it collects around the Bottlebrush and azaleas.


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The water was probably about 4 inches deep here.


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The runoff from next door made its way to my driveway and then to the street.


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The amount of rain received was enough to overrun the driveway and flow into my front yard.


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The same thing happened on the other side of the yard.  Runoff from my downspouts made its way to my other neighbor's driveway, although much closer to the street.


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Below is the small valley area I mentioned earlier in between my house and my next door neighbor.  Water from the downspouts in the back of the house drains into this valley and eventually makes its way to the street. 


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I've never seen this happen before.  The runoff from the property behind mine was enough to create a river flowing through the corner of my yard.


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It's hard to tell from the photos above and below.  But the area in between the fence and the large tree is actually shaped like a valley and will collect water.  I have to wonder if this was done intentionally by a previous owner of my home for this very reason.


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But even so, the amount of runoff was strong enough to breach the valley in this location.


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This was actually a good demonstration as to how my property handles a large amount of rain.  Except for the small area near the back patio, all runoff was diverted away from the house .  .  .


Title: Re: The 2017 edition of Todd's ongoing Yard Adventure . . .
Post by: Oldcarsarecool on July 04, 2017, 11:16:04 PM
Doing some more cleaning up .  .  .
April 8, 2017





This the time of year where the yard turns greener by the day which makes everything look great.  We've had a good bit of rain this spring, especially earlier this week, which made my plants happy.  The flowering Dogwood tree in the front yard looks great !


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Hopefully, the smaller flowering Dogwood will look like this in a few years.


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Today's project was to gather as many of the small grenades as possible from the Sweet Gum tree in the front yard.  I've found that the easiest way to do this is to set the lawn mower as low as possible, which can be a challenge given the number of exposed tree roots, and gather them up in the mower bag.  


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It may sound like gunshots, but it gets the job done .  .  .


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Title: Re: The 2017 edition of Todd's ongoing Yard Adventure . . .
Post by: Oldcarsarecool on July 04, 2017, 11:34:59 PM
Doing some pruning .  .  .
April 15, 2017





I've been saying that my rose bushes seem to hate me.  But they bloom every spring.  So I think they want to cooperate, but can't because I'm not maintaining them properly.  I'll have to do some research.


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I've got roses !


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The Reeves Spireas are growing nicely.  I am hoping they will be as big and as beautiful as the Bridal Wreath Spirea at the mailbox.


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Four of the five Goldmound Spireas look fine.  The sad looking plant in the back had an encounter with fire ants.  It's still green, just not really healthy looking.  I'm hoping it will recover.


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The Coronation Gold Yarrows are starting to develop blooms that will turn bright yellow soon.


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The one remaining Super Blue Lavender continues to turn green.  It looks like it will recover.


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The Husker Red Beardtongues are growing rapidly right now.  They will soon be covered with small white blooms.


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The plan for today was to do some pruning.  The loropetalums have a tendency to grow wild.  With their blooming season over, I'll cut them way back.  The Mr. Goldstrike and Chinese Snowball could both use a trim as well.  The gardenias haven't bloomed yet.  So I'll leave them alone.


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After some pruning.


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The Sky Pencil Holly on the right is still dead.  I pulled it out of the ground with very little effort.  The plant on the left is still green.  I'll move it later on to see if I can save it.


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I also pruned the Bridal Wreath Spirea.  I haven't touched it since I planted it, and it was getting pretty wild looking.


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Hacking the azalea cluster next to the street way back last year, although scary looking at first, proved to be a good idea.  My goal was to encourage new growth at the base of the plants, which is exactly what happened.  This year, I tried to shape the plants so they weren't so wild looking.


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The second and third azaleas from the street have both done very well.  I started trying to shape them after I moved in.  The results have been encouraging.  Instead of hacking, I concentrated on shaping both of these plants as well.


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The fourth azalea from the street has been a mess since I moved in.  It looked like something fell on top of it in the past which caused it to grow in a goofy shape.  Since hacking the other azaleas way back worked, I decided to try the same thing with this one.  This plant is now half the size it was before pruning.


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The Delaware Valley White Azalea (L) and Korean Azalea (R) look fine.  So I left them alone.  But the plant in between them is a mess !  So I hacked this one way back as well.  Time will tell if this was a good decision or not .  .  .


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Title: Re: The 2017 edition of Todd's ongoing Yard Adventure . . .
Post by: Oldcarsarecool on July 04, 2017, 11:54:31 PM
I've got more flowers !
April 20 - 21, 2017





The Yellow Flag Irises in the center of my front yard were given to me by my friend, Heather, in 2012.  Idiot me, not knowing what to do with these unknown "mystery bulbs," planted them in the back yard next to my new patio thinking that having some flowers in that space would look great.  The problem was that I failed to take into account the fact that these bulbs need sunlight.  I moved them into the front yard in the summer of 2014.  They finally bloomed in the spring of 2015, three years after I first planted them.  Now that I've figured this whole "sunlight" process out, I look forward to seeing them bloom each spring.


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And this year was no different.


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It doesn't seem like I have as many flowers this year.  But I have flowers !


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As everything continues to turn green, the red and black mulch combination makes everything looks great !


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The Coronation Gold Yarrows will soon be covered with yellow blooms.


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Four of the five Goldmound Spireas are doing very well and are showing a bunch of small purple flowers.  The fifth plant is trying to recover from an encounter with fire ants.  But at least it's still green.


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My rose bushes continue to surprise me in a good way. 


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Despite me having no idea how to properly care for them, they continue to bloom.


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I'm very happy with everything in the front yard !


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Title: Re: The 2017 edition of Todd's ongoing Yard Adventure . . .
Post by: Oldcarsarecool on July 05, 2017, 12:07:42 AM
Some progress over the week .  .  .
April 24 - 27, 2017





Since this is the time of year when the Yellow Flag Irises bloom, I took a few pics of the progress on several days during this week as I was leaving for work.  I've got a few more flowers on this Monday afternoon.


April 24
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Tuesday looked to be about the same as Monday.


April 25
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By Thursday, there seemed to be a few more.  I don't think there are as many flowers as last year.  But I've got quite a few, which is great.


April 27
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The Coronation Gold Yarrows were starting to show some yellow blooms on Monday.


April 24
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By Thursday afternoon, the color was much more evident.


April 27
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It's hard to tell from the photo below.  But there are still a few purple flowers on the Goldmound Spirea bushes.


April 27
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Now this is interesting !  I've got a bunch of flowers on the Bridal Wreath Spirea.  I thought it had finished blooming two weeks ago, so I pruned it.  Now I've got a bunch of new flowers.  I need to do some research to see if maybe I'm supposed to be doing this each spring .  .  .


April 27
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Title: Re: The 2017 edition of Todd's ongoing Yard Adventure . . .
Post by: Oldcarsarecool on July 05, 2017, 12:19:34 AM
A few changes .  .  .
April 30, 2017





For some reason, I've still got flowers on the rose bushes even though I have no idea what I'm supposed to be doing with them.


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I don't know how or why.  But the rose bushes continue to bloom.  I need to look into how to properly maintain them.


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The Yellow Flag Irises continue to do their thing and look great !


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The number of blooms seems to be increasing as the days progress.  I've actually got quite a few blooms this year.


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More color is appearing on the Coronation Gold Yarrows.


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I had a couple of changes planned for today.  The first involved the Pampas Grass plant on the far left of the photo below, (the one closest to the street).  Looking at the size difference between each of the plants, it's easy to determine the order in which they were transplanted to this location.  First was the plant on the far right in July 2013, followed by the two in the center in August 2014, and then the plant on the far left in March 2015.  All are growing very well and will probably get quite large if the plant on the right is any indication.  Three of them will be fine.  But the plant on the far left is too close to the street and the plant next to it.  So it has to be moved.  And I better do it now while it's still small.


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I happen to have this already-prepared area a few feet away.  Thanks to the local deer population, the four Indian Hawthorn shrubs I planted in this spot last year all died.  This area should be well suited to a Pampas Grass plant that will eventually be quite large.


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I removed the dead Indian Hawthorn shrubs, which required no effort whatsoever, and cleared a spot in the center of the area.


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After some effort with the shovel, I had the Pampas Grass plant moved.


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The mulch in place is actually what was there from last year.  So I'll add some fresh mulch later.


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Looking at the area from this angle, the now vacant spot on the left was definitely too close to the street.  The other three plants should be fine where they are.


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The second change for today involved the remaining Sky Pencil Holly shrub.  I planted one on each side of my front steps.  One of them died over the winter.  I decided to move the remaining plant out into the yard in an attempt to save it.  Since this plant isn't supposed to get very wide, it should fit nicely in this spot, even as the other plants around it grow.


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Now that the area beside the steps is vacant, I decided to move the Tiny Dessert Asiatic Lilies planters off of the front porch.  This may make a difference as far as sunlight availability is concerned.


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I think this will work fine .  .  .


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Title: Re: The 2017 edition of Todd's ongoing Yard Adventure . . .
Post by: Oldcarsarecool on July 05, 2017, 12:32:35 AM
The Yellow Flag Irises have peaked .  .  .
May 2, 2017





Based on what I see here, it looks like the Yellow Flag Irises have peaked.  I see roughly the same amount of flowers as I did the week before.


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I may not have had as many total flowers as last year.  But they did very well.


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As the irises peak, the Coronation Gold Yarrow are just getting started.  I'll have a bunch of color here very soon .  .  .


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Title: Re: The 2017 edition of Todd's ongoing Yard Adventure . . .
Post by: Oldcarsarecool on July 06, 2017, 01:08:06 AM
Several surprises .  .  .
May 13, 2017





Well now !


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I planted this Woodlanders Hardy Bottlebrush in April 2014, and I wonder if this is the first time it has bloomed.  If it has bloomed before, it wasn't significant enough for me to remember it.


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I've wondered about this shrub for a while simply because, while green and still alive, it looks exactly the same since the day I planted it.  So seeing beautiful red blooms all over it this morning was a great surprise.


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I've learned during this adventure that not all surprises are good.  Seeing the Pampas Grass plant I just moved two weeks ago all brown had me thinking the worst.  All the green foliage that was present began to turn brown almost immediately after I moved this plant two weeks ago.  I'm hoping that the move "shocked" it, and that it will recover now that I've cut it back.  I've got two things in my favor:  Pampas Grass is pretty indestructible, and I do see some green in the center of the plant.  I've watered it every day since the move.  But this is me we're talking about.  Failure is always an option.


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The Husker Red Beardtongues are showing a bunch of white blooms.  I have to wonder what the deal is with three of them being quite a bit taller than the other two.  


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I've been hoping the one remaining Super Blue Lavender would recover.  Judging by the abundance of blooms, all seems to be well.


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The Coronation Gold Yarrows were preparing to bloom two weeks ago (while the Yellow Flag Irises were blooming).  With the irises done, the abundance of yellow in the center of the yard now shifts to the yarrows.  These plants have cooperated nicely since I planted them.  


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I still see a lot of purple flowers on the Goldmound Spirea.    


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Four of the five plants look great !  I'm still keeping my fingers crossed for the plant in the back that is trying to recover from a fire ant encounter.


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I've got one Tiny Dessert Asiatic Lily blooming.


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I think I see a bloom in waiting on the other Asiatic Lily.


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And finally, my rose bushes continue to surprise me in a good way.  The flowers are a bit scruffy looking.  But I've got flowers, and I'm not complaining .  .  .


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Title: Re: The 2017 edition of Todd's ongoing Yard Adventure . . .
Post by: Oldcarsarecool on July 08, 2017, 09:24:36 PM
More progress .  .  .
May 21, 2017





I was relieved to see some activity on the Vitex Shoal Creek in Late March.  The last photo I took of the Vitex on April 2 saw it just beginning to turn green.  Six weeks later, it's now fully awake and is showing a bunch of blooms in waiting.  I should be seeing a lot of blue flowers very soon.


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This is a relief !  I moved this Pampas Grass plant three weeks ago, after which all the foliage turned brown.  I cut it back hoping it was temporarily traumatized because of the move.  Seeing new green growth makes me feel much better.


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On the low end of the drama scale, the Husker Red Beardtongues are doing very well.  And they have done so without any input from me.


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/May-21-A-few-more-flowers-/i-htsXwFC/0/dd8a9a12/X3/3%20Husker%20Red%20Beardtongues%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/May-21-A-few-more-flowers-/i-htsXwFC/A)


Even though it's bent over because of all the rain we've had here lately, the remaining Super Blue Lavender has definitely recovered and is doing very well. 


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The drama-free Coronation Gold Yarrows also do their thing with no input from me.  The combination of green foliage, yellow blooms, and fresh black mulch looks great !


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I still have blooms on the Goldmound Spirea.  I've been trying to kill the fire ants in hopes that the sad looking plant in the back will recover.  I first spotted the small purple flowers at the end of April, meaning these bushes have now been flowering for one month.


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I've got a couple of flowers on the Happy Returns Daylilies.  The local deer population has a tendency to snack on these plants.  I should be ok as long as I keep them sprayed with repellent.


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The Blue Dart Rush Grass plants around the pear tree have done well since I planted them in 2014.  They continue to grow consistently and are now showing small leaves.


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I haven't had a lot of luck with the Tiny Dessert Asiatic Lilies in the planters at the front porch.  I think the local animal population likes to snack on them.  But I still have one Asiatic Lily flower, which is fine.


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And I definitely have one more Asiatic Lily flower in waiting.  Maybe it will bloom before the deer get to it .  .  .


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Title: Re: The 2017 edition of Todd's ongoing Yard Adventure . . .
Post by: Oldcarsarecool on July 08, 2017, 09:39:59 PM
Implementing another idea .  .  .
May 28, 2017
Part 1 of 2





We've had quite a bit of rain around here lately.  The more Mother Nature waters my plants, the less I have to pay Athens-Clarke County to do it.  The Mexican Pony Tails Feather Grass and Pink Muhly Grass plants all look great.


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The Husker Red Beardtongues, Super Blue Lavender, and Coronation Gold Yarrows are all doing very well.


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Another week has passed since I moved the Pampas Grass plant to this spot.  Seeing more green is definitely a good thing !  It looks like it will be fine.


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It looks like the Vitex Shoal Creek is preparing to bloom.  I should see a lot of blue flowers in the upcoming weeks.


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The Frostproof Gardenia has grown tremendously since I planted it back in 2014.  It has bloomed each spring with about the same level of intensity.  This is typically what I have seen, which is fine.


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I have another Asiatic Lily flower !


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I was hoping it would bloom before the deer got to it.  So seeing this made me smile .  .  .


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Title: Re: The 2017 edition of Todd's ongoing Yard Adventure . . .
Post by: Oldcarsarecool on July 08, 2017, 09:49:43 PM
continued .  .  .
Part 2 of 2





I planted this Persian Lilac in the back yard in May 2015.  The tag on the plant said "Part Sun," which is why I put it in the back yard.   But evidence suggests that the back yard may be more "Part" than "Sun."  After half of it died over the winter, I decided to move it out front to see if I could save it.


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/May-28-Moving-a-few-more-things-/i-X8FhTRf/0/b740f6f8/X3/10%20Moved%20the%20Persian%20Lilac%20out%20front%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/May-28-Moving-a-few-more-things-/i-X8FhTRf/A)


I chose the area by the rose bushes for no reason other than that area is somewhat of a mess.  Adding one more plant to it can't really hurt at this point.


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I found the ornamental grass cluster seen below originally growing in the back yard.  The shape and symmetry caught my eye and made me think it would look good in this corner where my driveway and front walk meet.  So I moved it to this location last year.  That simple decision has become one of my favorite aspects of the front yard.  


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That got me thinking.  There are several more smaller clusters of ornamental grass in the back yard.  I wonder how it would look if I scattered more clusters around the front yard.  I've got several areas where something small could go given the right opportunity.  So I moved one of the smaller ornamental grass clusters to the area below in between the recently relocated Pampas Grass plant and the existing flowering Dogwood tree.


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I put two more smaller clusters in between the pear tree and the three Crape Myrtles.


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This area is large enough to accommodate two small ornamental grass clusters.


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I put another small ornamental grass cluster in between the palm tree and Star Magnolia.  I originally had two palm trees here.  The Silver European Fan Palm tree still looks ok, but hasn't done any "growing" since planted it.  I also moved the remains of a large Green European Fan Palm tree to this location in an attempt to save it.  What was an actual small tree years ago had devolved into a twig that stayed green until this spring when it finally died.  That spot seemed like a good location for another ornamental grass cluster.  So the one large area filled with black mulch has now become two smaller areas.


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I keep saying that I need to figure out how to properly maintain my rose bushes, and I think this may be the first step.  The roses bloom each spring, but don't really look healthy.  Everything I read says that I need to use some kind of insecticide to control the pests.  Cross your fingers .  .  .


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Title: Re: The 2017 edition of Todd's ongoing Yard Adventure . . .
Post by: Oldcarsarecool on July 08, 2017, 09:55:27 PM
Another pleasant surprise .  .  .
May 31, 2017





I was leaving for work today and made a wonderful discovery !  I've got A LOT of flowers on the Frostproof Gardenia this year.


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The picture I posted earlier the previous weekend showed a few white blooms here and there which was what I was used to seeing.  This plant has grown very well since I planted it in 2014, and has bloomed sparingly with the same low level of intensity each year.  But this is a first !


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it's never bloomed with this much intensity before.  I hope this is the start of a trend .  .  .


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Title: Re: The 2017 edition of Todd's ongoing Yard Adventure . . .
Post by: Oldcarsarecool on July 08, 2017, 11:56:56 PM
Time for the summer bloomers to get started .  .  .
June 18, 2017





With the spring blooming season finished for this year, it's now time for the summer bloomers to do their thing.  The cluster of ornamental grass by the front walk is showing a few blooms.  I believe this is some kind of Liriope, but I'm not sure.  Whatever it is, it looks great, and has become one of my favorite aspects of the yard.  This somewhat simple idea has produced what I see as great visual results.


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/June-18-Heading-into-summer-/i-nNqLRRK/0/7c1dfa16/X2/1%20The%20ornamental%20grass%20is%20blooming%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/June-18-Heading-into-summer-/i-nNqLRRK/A)


The Vitex Shoal Creek is blooming in blue and looks great !


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/June-18-Heading-into-summer-/i-GbXBQwz/0/9615be5b/X2/2%20Vitex%20Shoal%20Creek%20looks%20great%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/June-18-Heading-into-summer-/i-GbXBQwz/A)


This plant has grown like wildfire since I planted it last year.  I did some research and discovered that it's considered "invasive" across some areas of the southern US.  "Invasive" means that it can grow in just about any soil, take care of itself and spread rapidly, and isn't affected by pests or diseases.  In other words, it's perfect for me and my yard.


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/June-18-Heading-into-summer-/i-jwccKHp/0/cac35b07/X2/3%20Vitex%20Shoal%20Creek%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/June-18-Heading-into-summer-/i-jwccKHp/A)


The three Crape Myrtles I planted in 2015 have all grown significantly.  The Purple Magic Crape Myrtle is usually the first of the four in my yard, (three in this location and one next to the garage), to begin blooming in the summer.  


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/June-18-Heading-into-summer-/i-JbrLN48/0/ecccfbf6/X2/5%20Purple%20Magic%20Crape%20Myrtle%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/June-18-Heading-into-summer-/i-JbrLN48/A)


The Happy Returns Daylilies are starting to bloom.  For whatever reason, they seem to bloom less and less with each passing year.  I'm not sure why.  But I suspect the local deer population has something to do with it.  I've got a few flowers, which is nice.


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/June-18-Heading-into-summer-/i-Vdt7L82/0/00655550/X2/6%20Happy%20Returns%20Daylilies%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/June-18-Heading-into-summer-/i-Vdt7L82/A)


The Frostproof Gardenia began blooming last month and exploded three weeks ago with more blooms that I had seen in previous years.  A few flowers remain.


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/June-18-Heading-into-summer-/i-gkQMntn/0/678a353c/X2/9%20Frostproof%20Gardenia%20still%20shows%20a%20few%20flowers%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/June-18-Heading-into-summer-/i-gkQMntn/A)


While the Frostproof Gardenia is winding down, the other Gardenia is just getting started.  This plant was in place when I moved in.  I wasn't sure what it was until I planted the Frostproof Gardenia a few spaces to the right and noticed the similarity between the flowers.  My neighbor confirmed my suspicions that it was some kind of Gardenia.


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/June-18-Heading-into-summer-/i-bkwrQXr/0/051ac6e1/X2/10%20Looks%20like%20some%20kind%20of%20Gardenia%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/June-18-Heading-into-summer-/i-bkwrQXr/A)


Once I started paying attention, I realized that the plants in the back yard by the porch are the same as the large Gardenia in front of the house.  There are actually three plants in this location.  The somewhat restricted amount of sunlight means that the plant furthest from the house blooms the most.  But flowers can be seen on all three.


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/June-18-Heading-into-summer-/i-CVdPj99/0/abd384f0/X2/12%20Speaking%20of%20Gardenias%2C%20I%27ve%20got%20flowers%20in%20back%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/June-18-Heading-into-summer-/i-CVdPj99/A)


I'm guessing this is some kind of Gardenia because it looks the same as the other plant in front of the house which is believed to be a Gardenia.  The leaves and flowers are identical.


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/June-18-Heading-into-summer-/i-9cCMkFS/0/39927bf3/X2/13%20Some%20kind%20of%20Gardenia%20in%20the%20back%20yard%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/June-18-Heading-into-summer-/i-9cCMkFS/A)


The large amount of rain we've had this year means everything is growing and doing quite well .  .  .


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/June-18-Heading-into-summer-/i-RzZ6ZwL/0/40f0b8f4/X2/8-1%20Front%20yard%20panorama%20June%2018%2C%202017%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/June-18-Heading-into-summer-/i-RzZ6ZwL/A)


Title: Re: The 2017 edition of Todd's ongoing Yard Adventure . . .
Post by: Oldcarsarecool on July 09, 2017, 11:04:54 PM
A week of storms creates a mess .  .  .
July 8 - 9, 2017
Part 1 of 2





The week of July 2 was particularly stormy in this part of the country.  While not a complete wash out by any means, a series of fast moving storms rolled through the region all throughout the week.  Some of them were quite intense featuring winds strong enough to cause some damage.  Limbs and whole trees were reported down across the city.  


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-8-9-A-week-of-storms-creates-a-mess-/i-ZfqWCZV/0/33d50e54/X2/3%20Branches%20down%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-8-9-A-week-of-storms-creates-a-mess-/i-ZfqWCZV/A)


As the week progressed, my yard began to slowly fill with branches.  Most of what fell was pretty small.


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-8-9-A-week-of-storms-creates-a-mess-/i-KxNDJLp/0/ccb360cf/X2/4%20Several%20storms%20with%20high%20winds%20came%20thru%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-8-9-A-week-of-storms-creates-a-mess-/i-KxNDJLp/A)


I did have a few significantly sized limbs come down.  I'm probably lucky the limb seen below fell where it did instead of going through my living room window.


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-8-9-A-week-of-storms-creates-a-mess-/i-TzXvp7B/0/cb9c686a/X2/5%20Large%20branches%20down%20by%20the%20front%20door%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-8-9-A-week-of-storms-creates-a-mess-/i-TzXvp7B/A)


A few branches fell on this side of the yard as well.  


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-8-9-A-week-of-storms-creates-a-mess-/i-q3G6Sm2/0/3f3041f2/X2/6%20Several%20branches%20down%20on%20the%20far%20side%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-8-9-A-week-of-storms-creates-a-mess-/i-q3G6Sm2/A)


The limb seen below fell from the pine tree by the driveway and landed on the edge of the Yellow Flag Irises in the middle of the yard.


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-8-9-A-week-of-storms-creates-a-mess-/i-Qt5pM78/0/ca05d375/X2/7%20Large%20branch%20from%20the%20pine%20tree%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-8-9-A-week-of-storms-creates-a-mess-/i-Qt5pM78/A)


It seems like most of the debris came from the driveway side of the yard.


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-8-9-A-week-of-storms-creates-a-mess-/i-V7vXmtG/0/e7516ea0/X2/1%20Had%20a%20few%20branches%20down%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-8-9-A-week-of-storms-creates-a-mess-/i-V7vXmtG/A)


A lot of what is seen above and below landed in my driveway.  I had to move stuff out of the way several times during the week.  All of it will get moved to the curb when the next Leaf & Limb collection in my neighborhood arrives during the week of July 24th.


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-8-9-A-week-of-storms-creates-a-mess-/i-CT4NhWk/0/93b73846/X2/2%20Branches%20down%20after%20a%20week%20of%20storms%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-8-9-A-week-of-storms-creates-a-mess-/i-CT4NhWk/A)


Another limb down in the side yard by the driveway.


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-8-9-A-week-of-storms-creates-a-mess-/i-W9NHjMC/0/b5128868/X2/8%20Branches%20down%20in%20the%20side%20yard%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-8-9-A-week-of-storms-creates-a-mess-/i-W9NHjMC/A)


Trees were reported down all over the city, (including one about 2 blocks from my house).  I appear to have a tree that is now leaning heavily.


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-8-9-A-week-of-storms-creates-a-mess-/i-Thb7fMC/0/4b528ad9/X2/9%20I%27ve%20got%20a%20leaning%20tree%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-8-9-A-week-of-storms-creates-a-mess-/i-Thb7fMC/A)


It's hard to tell from the photos above and below.  But a small tree in between me and my next door neighbor is now leaning in my direction.


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-8-9-A-week-of-storms-creates-a-mess-/i-jqNt6TK/0/2b797fdb/X2/10%20Small%20tree%20is%20leaning%20quite%20a%20bit%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-8-9-A-week-of-storms-creates-a-mess-/i-jqNt6TK/A)


It's a small tree, (only about 4 inches in diameter).  But you can tell from the photos above and below that it's somewhat tall.  No worries though.  It's leaning over top of my Nandina Domestica "Heavenly Bamboo" garden in front of my driveway.  Those plants are indestructible, (I've run small Heavenly Bamboo plants over with the mower and they still grow back.  So if it falls, it can't really hurt anything.


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-8-9-A-week-of-storms-creates-a-mess-/i-5VxGRpt/0/517919d1/X2/11%20Will%20probably%20have%20to%20come%20down%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-8-9-A-week-of-storms-creates-a-mess-/i-5VxGRpt/A)  


I've got a few small branches down in the back yard.


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-8-9-A-week-of-storms-creates-a-mess-/i-nbsBmLw/0/2fa1d001/X2/12%20Not%20as%20many%20down%20in%20the%20backyard%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-8-9-A-week-of-storms-creates-a-mess-/i-nbsBmLw/A)


Nothing significant.  Branches that fall back here can't really hurt anything .  .  .


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-8-9-A-week-of-storms-creates-a-mess-/i-rXVCrs4/0/5e0d98cd/X2/13%20A%20few%20branches%20down%20in%20back%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-8-9-A-week-of-storms-creates-a-mess-/i-rXVCrs4/A)


Title: Re: The 2017 edition of Todd's ongoing Yard Adventure . . .
Post by: Oldcarsarecool on July 09, 2017, 11:22:55 PM
continued .  .  .
Part 2 of 2





This is good news !  The Purple Magic Crape Myrtle Looks great !


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-8-9-A-week-of-storms-creates-a-mess-/i-qQrpdsr/0/1c0eeb2d/X2/14%20Purple%20Magic%20Crape%20Myrtle%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-8-9-A-week-of-storms-creates-a-mess-/i-qQrpdsr/A)


The Purple Magic Crape Myrtle was just starting to bloom three weeks ago, and is now covered with large flower clusters.


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-8-9-A-week-of-storms-creates-a-mess-/i-j8fFPCS/0/13d3b2bd/X2/15%20Purple%20Magic%20Crape%20Myrtle%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-8-9-A-week-of-storms-creates-a-mess-/i-j8fFPCS/A)


More good news !  Some of the ornamental grass plants I moved at the end of May from the backyard are now flowering.


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-8-9-A-week-of-storms-creates-a-mess-/i-w8GkDzZ/0/03804010/X2/16%20Recently%20relocated%20ornamental%20grass%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-8-9-A-week-of-storms-creates-a-mess-/i-w8GkDzZ/A)


This looks like a type of Variegated Liriope, (not 100% sure).


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-8-9-A-week-of-storms-creates-a-mess-/i-Np22chB/0/a7ab00e0/X2/17%20A%20few%20flowers%20on%20the%20ornamental%20grass%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-8-9-A-week-of-storms-creates-a-mess-/i-Np22chB/A)


I've got a few more flowers on the Happy Returns Daylilies.


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-8-9-A-week-of-storms-creates-a-mess-/i-2NBGd4D/0/4d3199e4/X2/18%20Lilies%20look%20good%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-8-9-A-week-of-storms-creates-a-mess-/i-2NBGd4D/A)


The Pampas Grass plant I moved at the end of April has completely recovered.  I was initially concerned when the whole plant turned brown right after I moved it.  So I cut most of the dead foliage away.  Now around 10 weeks after the fact, it looks pretty close to the size it was originally when I moved it.


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-8-9-A-week-of-storms-creates-a-mess-/i-RCX2jzq/0/fd127be9/X3/19%20Pampas%20Grass%20is%20recovering%20nicely%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-8-9-A-week-of-storms-creates-a-mess-/i-RCX2jzq/A)


Now that the gardenias have finished blooming, I decided to give them a much needed trim, "hacking" actually.


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-8-9-A-week-of-storms-creates-a-mess-/i-PQr6f6q/0/047140e0/X3/20%20Pruning%20the%20gardenias%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-8-9-A-week-of-storms-creates-a-mess-/i-PQr6f6q/A)


The two gardenias next to the Crape Myrtle were both in place when I moved in.  I've pruned them a few times over the years, but hadn't done so in a while.  Both had become quite large and unruly.


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Since we've had a bunch of rain this season, the loropetalums were also starting to get pretty wild again.  These plants grow fast and, if left unattended, quite large.  So they got a trim as well.


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I'm reading where loropetalums should be pruned in the spring, which I already did after they finished blooming.  These plants set their buds during the summer.  Pruning them too late in the season can curtail next spring's blooming.  Hopefully, I'm not doing this too late.


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-8-9-A-week-of-storms-creates-a-mess-/i-9ZMpChJ/0/a4508003/X3/23%20Cut%20the%20loropetalums%20again%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-8-9-A-week-of-storms-creates-a-mess-/i-9ZMpChJ/A)


Since I was in a hacking mood, I gave the gardenias by the back porch a trim as well.  I haven't touched them in several years.


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-8-9-A-week-of-storms-creates-a-mess-/i-fxs6HMW/0/9aef90f0/X3/24%20Also%20cut%20the%20gardenias%20in%20back%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-8-9-A-week-of-storms-creates-a-mess-/i-fxs6HMW/A)


This has been a drama-free season to this point.  I'm quite happy with everything so far .  .  .


Title: Re: The 2017 edition of Todd's ongoing Yard Adventure . . .
Post by: Oldcarsarecool on October 07, 2017, 09:02:15 PM
Taking down a couple of small trees .  .  .
July 23, 2017





I discovered a tree leaning in my side yard by the driveway a few weeks ago.  We've had a good amount of rain this summer along with a few incidents of high winds.  The small tree seen below started to lean.


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-23-Taking-down-a-couple-of-small-trees-/i-krBwHw8/0/dd007c01/X3/1%20I%20discovered%20a%20leaning%20tree%20earlier%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-23-Taking-down-a-couple-of-small-trees-/i-krBwHw8/A)


What confuses me the most is that this tree seems to be in a somewhat protected area and surrounded by several larger trees.
 

(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-23-Taking-down-a-couple-of-small-trees-/i-HGpdmS4/0/636de535/X3/2%20Started%20leaning%20after%20the%20storms%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-23-Taking-down-a-couple-of-small-trees-/i-HGpdmS4/A)


Regardless, with Leaf & Limb collection approaching, I decided to take it down.  It pushed over very easily which makes me wonder if it wasn't exactly healthy despite the fact that it didn't look bad at all.


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In the midst of taking the tree down by the driveway, I discovered a second tree down in the back yard by the fence.


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-23-Taking-down-a-couple-of-small-trees-/i-NCQbn55/0/9de78487/X3/5%20While%20doing%20that%2C%20I%20found%20another%20leaning%20tree%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-23-Taking-down-a-couple-of-small-trees-/i-NCQbn55/A)


This is the same situation - a small tree in a relatively protected area falls victim to strong storms and high winds.


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-23-Taking-down-a-couple-of-small-trees-/i-XXGMSwm/0/8d5a2a3c/X3/6%20This%20one%20in%20the%20back%20yard%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-23-Taking-down-a-couple-of-small-trees-/i-XXGMSwm/A)


Like the other tree, this one pushed over very easily.  I cut the roots and carried it down to the driveway for the next Leaf & Limb collection.


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-23-Taking-down-a-couple-of-small-trees-/i-Z9hQhdp/0/22496498/X3/7%20It%27s%20leaning%20like%20the%20other%20one%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-23-Taking-down-a-couple-of-small-trees-/i-Z9hQhdp/A)


So I've got two small trees that fell over.  Yet the giant pine tree below, that has been leaning for years, is still standing and, compared to previous pics, is unchanged.


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-23-Taking-down-a-couple-of-small-trees-/i-45fQwBw/0/0bf3f6f1/X3/8%20Yet%20the%20huge%20pine%20tree%20seems%20fine%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-23-Taking-down-a-couple-of-small-trees-/i-45fQwBw/A)


The good news with this tree is that it's leaning in a direction where it can't hurt anything if it falls.  So I'm going to leave it alone and hope for the best .  .  .


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-23-Taking-down-a-couple-of-small-trees-/i-7ZM79Mc/0/502fed41/X3/9%20This%20one%20will%20be%20fun%20if%20it%20falls%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-23-Taking-down-a-couple-of-small-trees-/i-7ZM79Mc/A)


Title: Re: The 2017 edition of Todd's ongoing Yard Adventure . . .
Post by: Oldcarsarecool on October 07, 2017, 09:25:25 PM
A colorful summer .  .  .
July 29, 2017





The summer bloomers in the yard are doing their thing.  I've got a lot of whatever the ornamental grass seen below is scattered throughout the yard.
 This cluster that surrounds the large Crape Myrtle next to the garage seems to be some kind of Liriope and always looks great each summer.


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-29-The-summer-bloomers-are-getting-started-/i-67kNTgw/0/c6a82b38/X3/1%20The%20ornamental%20grasses%20are%20blooming%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-29-The-summer-bloomers-are-getting-started-/i-67kNTgw/A)


Speaking of which, the crape myrtle next to the garage continues to do its thing like it does every year.  


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-29-The-summer-bloomers-are-getting-started-/i-8NtBHFD/0/0419a5e6/X3/5%20Large%20crape%20myrtle%20is%20blooming%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-29-The-summer-bloomers-are-getting-started-/i-8NtBHFD/A)


While not blooming all over like some I have seen in the neighborhood, it blooms beautifully every season at the top of the tree, (which is a long way up !).
  

(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-29-The-summer-bloomers-are-getting-started-/i-dQm9XXS/0/6104fef5/X3/6%20Blooms%20at%20the%20very%20top%20of%20the%20tree%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-29-The-summer-bloomers-are-getting-started-/i-dQm9XXS/A)


I planted three crape myrtles in this area of the yard back in 2015.  All three are growing beautifully, and have bloomed each season.  The Purple Magic crape myrtle was the first to bloom this year.


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-29-The-summer-bloomers-are-getting-started-/i-8HzDWqQ/0/80e2c228/X3/2%20The%20Purple%20Magic%20crape%20myrtle%20is%20blooming%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-29-The-summer-bloomers-are-getting-started-/i-8HzDWqQ/A)


A week later, the Plum Magic crape myrtle was showing a few blooms.


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-29-The-summer-bloomers-are-getting-started-/i-bCs9w9f/0/09e6b5fe/X3/3%20Plum%20Magic%20crape%20myrtle%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-29-The-summer-bloomers-are-getting-started-/i-bCs9w9f/A)


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-29-The-summer-bloomers-are-getting-started-/i-DQbpT2M/0/b9ef5cca/X3/4%20Plum%20Magic%20crape%20myrtle%20is%20blooming%20also%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-29-The-summer-bloomers-are-getting-started-/i-DQbpT2M/A)


The three Reeves Spireas are benefiting from the large amount of rain we've had this summer.  


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-29-The-summer-bloomers-are-getting-started-/i-9F29Hbk/0/c54f55df/X3/7%20The%20Reeves%20Spireas%20look%20great%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-29-The-summer-bloomers-are-getting-started-/i-9F29Hbk/A)


Actually, the whole yard is benefiting from the wonderful summer we've seen so far in this part of the country.


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-29-The-summer-bloomers-are-getting-started-/i-BQdWGTC/0/107a5301/X3/9-1%20Front%20yard%20from%20the%20walk%20panorama%2C%20July%2029%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-29-The-summer-bloomers-are-getting-started-/i-BQdWGTC/A)


It's been warm, (this is Georgia, after all), but not stifling.  It's been wet enough to allow the yard to grow, but dry enough for me to enjoy a lot of weekend cruises to nowhere with the roof down.  Life is good .  .  .  


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-29-The-summer-bloomers-are-getting-started-/i-VR56vgk/0/002f3f53/X3/13-1%20Front%20yard%20from%20the%20driveway%20panorama%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/July-29-The-summer-bloomers-are-getting-started-/i-VR56vgk/A)


Title: Re: The 2017 edition of Todd's ongoing Yard Adventure . . .
Post by: Oldcarsarecool on October 07, 2017, 09:39:33 PM
Another branch down .  .  .
August 8, 2017





I was preparing to head to work today and found this.


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/August-8-A-large-branch-came-down-overnight-/i-64pFsfb/0/28c25487/X3/1%20I%20went%20to%20leave%20for%20work%20and%20found%20this%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/August-8-A-large-branch-came-down-overnight-/i-64pFsfb/A)


A large branch from one of the trees next to the driveway broke off and fell.  This is the largest branch that has come down in my yard in a while.  Yet it did so during a calm weather period, (i.e. no storms or high winds).


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Unfortunately, if fell on top of the Korean Azalea.


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/August-8-A-large-branch-came-down-overnight-/i-Qg2M2kf/0/8de1872a/X3/3%20It%20came%20down%20on%20top%20of%20the%20Korean%20azalea%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/August-8-A-large-branch-came-down-overnight-/i-Qg2M2kf/A)


I moved the branch off of the azalea and was relieved to find that nothing was broken.


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/August-8-A-large-branch-came-down-overnight-/i-fCsgNw6/0/8a6e2b49/X3/5%20Hopefully%2C%20the%20azalea%20will%20recoverr%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/August-8-A-large-branch-came-down-overnight-/i-fCsgNw6/A)


It looks like the branch bent everything over, but didn't actually break anything.  I think it will be fine.


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/August-8-A-large-branch-came-down-overnight-/i-TV36gj5/0/3326a741/X3/6%20It%20doesn%27t%20look%20damaged%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/August-8-A-large-branch-came-down-overnight-/i-TV36gj5/A)


I think I see where the branch broke, which was quite a ways up.


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/August-8-A-large-branch-came-down-overnight-/i-2nc4nd9/0/fe3cb29c/X3/4%20Zooming%20in%20on%20where%20the%20branch%20came%20from%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/August-8-A-large-branch-came-down-overnight-/i-2nc4nd9/A)


Naturally, Leaf & Limb collection just happened in my neighborhood last week.  I'll have to set the branch aside for now until the next collection in 6 weeks .  .  .


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/August-8-A-large-branch-came-down-overnight-/i-FWK4tJP/0/f95cc67d/X3/7%20I%27ll%20put%20it%20aside%20for%20the%20next%20Leaf%20%26%20Limb%20collection%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/August-8-A-large-branch-came-down-overnight-/i-FWK4tJP/A)


Title: Re: The 2017 edition of Todd's ongoing Yard Adventure . . .
Post by: Oldcarsarecool on October 07, 2017, 10:04:49 PM
A couple of changes for late summer .  .  .
August 13, 2017
Part 1 of 2





This has been a great summer so far.  My yard seems quite happy with the amount of rain we've had.  The summer bloomers continue to do their thing.  The Purple Magic crape myrtle was the first of the three in this area to bloom this year.  It did so in mid-June, which means it's been sporting purple flowers for a month now.


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/August-13-A-couple-of-changes-for-late-summer-/i-jcgTvd7/0/c7ae4049/X3/2%20Purple%20Magic%20crape%20myrtle%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/August-13-A-couple-of-changes-for-late-summer-/i-jcgTvd7/A) 


The Plum Magic crape myrtle has tripled in size since I planted it in 2015.  It has also been blooming for a month. 


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/August-13-A-couple-of-changes-for-late-summer-/i-7sH9BRS/0/ac050188/X3/1%20Plum%20Magic%20crape%20myrtle%20blooms%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/August-13-A-couple-of-changes-for-late-summer-/i-7sH9BRS/A)


The Crimson Red crape myrtle is getting a late start, but is now starting to bloom.


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/August-13-A-couple-of-changes-for-late-summer-/i-MjtZhV2/0/0f2fd543/X3/3%20Crimson%20Red%20crape%20myrtle%20starts%20to%20bloom%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/August-13-A-couple-of-changes-for-late-summer-/i-MjtZhV2/A)


Speaking of benefiting from the rain this summer, the Vitex Shoal Creek has tripled in size since I planted it in April 2016.  This plant should get pretty large and bloom in blue each spring.


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The one remaining Super Blue Lavender still shows a few blooms.  It bloomed earlier this spring.  When it finished blooming, I cut the spent flowers off hoping it would bloom again, which it did !  This sounds like something I should pay attention to.


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I tried to zoom in on a moth on one of the flowers, which was a lot harder than it sounds.  But the picture turned ok given the circumstances .  .  .


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Title: Re: The 2017 edition of Todd's ongoing Yard Adventure . . .
Post by: Oldcarsarecool on October 07, 2017, 10:49:04 PM
continued .  .  .
Part 2 of 2





I had two projects on the agenda for today.  In one of my first Yard Adventure undertakings, I planted an Eleanor Tabor Indian Hawthorn shrub directly in front of the house in March 2012 where it did ok, but not great.  I moved it to the mailbox area in April 2016 thinking more sun would be beneficial.  That idea, which looked good on paper, didn't work at all in practice, (it dropped most of its leaves shortly afterward).  It's looked pretty sad ever since.


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/August-13-A-couple-of-changes-for-late-summer-/i-J9twkBH/0/cae88ac5/X3/7%20Time%20to%20move%20the%20Eleanor%20Tabor%20Indian%20Hawthorn%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/August-13-A-couple-of-changes-for-late-summer-/i-J9twkBH/A)


My reason for wanting to move the hawthorn at this point stems from the nearby Pampas Grass plant which is doing extremely well this year and has slowly been encroaching on the hawthorn's space.  So the plan for today was to move it once again before it gets smothered.  I broke out the shovel and pulled it out of the ground.


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/August-13-A-couple-of-changes-for-late-summer-/i-PT97pXf/0/0c0aa98f/X3/11%20Moved%20the%20Eleanor%20Tabor%20Indian%20Hawthorn%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/August-13-A-couple-of-changes-for-late-summer-/i-PT97pXf/A)


According to the tag that came with the hawthorn, it likes sun.  When directly in front of the house didn't work, I moved it to the mailbox.  That location, even though it is in full sun, didn't work either for unknown reasons.  So now I don't know what to think.  I decided to put it next to the Leyland Cypress and Reeves Spireas by the front walk where I had the small relocated azalea.  This area gets sunlight, (although not full-sun all day long), and is large enough to give it some room.  After a little bit of effort, the hawthorn now has another new address.  Everything I do with this plant is a guess at this point.  So I'm going to cross my fingers and see what happens.  


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/August-13-A-couple-of-changes-for-late-summer-/i-D2Gr94b/0/38cac53c/X3/12%20Move%20the%20hawthorn%20to%20where%20the%20azalea%20was%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/August-13-A-couple-of-changes-for-late-summer-/i-D2Gr94b/A)


I tried to center the hawthorn evenly in between the Leyland Cypress and Reeves Spireas.  There should be enough room in this location for everyone.


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With the Eleanor Tabor Indian Hawthorn relocated, this meant I had to find yet another home for the small azalea.  Since I hacked all of the azaleas next to the driveway this past spring, a decent gap has developed in between two of them large enough to fit this small shrub.  This will be the fourth, and hopefully last location for this little guy.


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/August-13-A-couple-of-changes-for-late-summer-/i-4PsXxwj/0/a447a5b1/X3/8%20I%27m%20also%20moving%20the%20small%20azalea%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/August-13-A-couple-of-changes-for-late-summer-/i-4PsXxwj/A)


This is the azalea that I originally found on the other side of the yard completely surrounded by English Ivy.  I've moved it twice previously with no ill effects.  It has continued to bloom beautifully each year, but hasn't really grown at all.  So we'll see what happens now.


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/August-13-A-couple-of-changes-for-late-summer-/i-kqWkZzK/0/17085cad/X3/9%20Small%20Azalea%20is%20now%20with%20all%20the%20others%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/August-13-A-couple-of-changes-for-late-summer-/i-kqWkZzK/A)


My mind likes the idea of the small azalea being next to all the other azaleas along the driveway.  And if my previous experiences are accurate, this shrub is pretty stout and should survive another relocation .  .  .


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/August-13-A-couple-of-changes-for-late-summer-/i-X5bqnVZ/0/67ef1ab0/X3/10%20Relocated%20azalea%20relocated%20once%20again%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/August-13-A-couple-of-changes-for-late-summer-/i-X5bqnVZ/A)


Title: Re: The 2017 edition of Todd's ongoing Yard Adventure . . .
Post by: Oldcarsarecool on October 07, 2017, 11:04:42 PM
My first pampas grass bloom .  .  .
August 21, 2017





Well this is a wonderful surprise !


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/August-21-My-first-Pampas-Grass-bloom-/i-vkcX3Zx/0/dab100fc/X3/1%20My%20pampas%20grass%20has%20one%20bloom%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/August-21-My-first-Pampas-Grass-bloom-/i-vkcX3Zx/A)


I was heading to work today and discovered a bloom on one of the Pampas Grass plants.  I originally planted all of them in the backyard, which was not one of my better ideas.  Pampas Grass likes full sunlight.  Over the past couple of years, I relocated them to the front yard where they seem to be happy.


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/August-21-My-first-Pampas-Grass-bloom-/i-dCzMgFt/0/5c68a6b1/X3/2%20One%20bloom%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/August-21-My-first-Pampas-Grass-bloom-/i-dCzMgFt/A)


Pampas Grass is pretty popular around here.  Most of the examples I see in this area are very large and covered with these feathery blooms.  I'm thinking that moving my plants may have slowed the growing/blooming process.  But now that one of them has become established, I'm starting to see blooms !


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/August-21-My-first-Pampas-Grass-bloom-/i-4QK3wSZ/0/21b33c8a/X3/4%20Pampas%20grass%20booom%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/August-21-My-first-Pampas-Grass-bloom-/i-4QK3wSZ/A)


I've got one bloom !  It's not much.  But it's my first.  Hopefully, I'll have more in the future .  .  .


Title: Re: The 2017 edition of Todd's ongoing Yard Adventure . . .
Post by: Oldcarsarecool on October 07, 2017, 11:22:45 PM
It's been a great summer .  .  .
August 25, 2017





This is the time of the year when the summer bloomers do their thing.  I planted three crape myrtles back in 2015.  All of them are growing beautifully and have flowered each year.  The Purple Magic crape myrtle below has been the first to bloom each year, with this year being no exception.  


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/August-25-The-summer-bloomers-are-looking-good-/i-qLVc2w4/0/806acfde/X3/1%20Purple%20Magic%20crape%20myrtle%20still%20looks%20great%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/August-25-The-summer-bloomers-are-looking-good-/i-qLVc2w4/A)


It began blooming in mid-June, and has now been sporting flowers for two months.  


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The same is true for the Plum Magic crape myrtle.


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/August-25-The-summer-bloomers-are-looking-good-/i-KrzWknX/0/3203ed5d/X3/3%20Plum%20Magic%20crape%20myrtle%20blooms%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/August-25-The-summer-bloomers-are-looking-good-/i-KrzWknX/A)


The Plum Magic crape myrtle first started showing blooms in July.


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/August-25-The-summer-bloomers-are-looking-good-/i-PbRbb6L/0/c51ed819/X3/4%20Plum%20Magic%20crape%20myrtle%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/August-25-The-summer-bloomers-are-looking-good-/i-PbRbb6L/A)


For whatever reason, I don't have many blooms on the Crimson Red crape myrtle.  But it is blooming.


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/August-25-The-summer-bloomers-are-looking-good-/i-Wcp9pcq/0/43de5502/X3/5%20Crimson%20Red%20crape%20myrtle%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/August-25-The-summer-bloomers-are-looking-good-/i-Wcp9pcq/A)


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This is a pleasant surprise !  After moving the Chinese Snowball and Small Anise Tree from this location in 2015, I planted a Yucca Color Guard and a Joe Pye Weed in their place.


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/August-25-The-summer-bloomers-are-looking-good-/i-HrJZBTj/0/9d47d86d/X3/7%20Joe%20Pye%20Weed%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/August-25-The-summer-bloomers-are-looking-good-/i-HrJZBTj/A)


I have no idea if the Yucca is doing "well" because it looks exactly the same as it did when I planted it.  But the Joe Pye Weed looks pretty good.


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/August-25-The-summer-bloomers-are-looking-good-/i-428RMNz/0/b46de9c8/X3/8%20Didn%27t%20do%20well%20last%20year%2C%20now%20looks%20great%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/August-25-The-summer-bloomers-are-looking-good-/i-428RMNz/A)


The Joe Pye Weed didn't look too good last season.  I'm guessing that's because I didn't keep the soil moist enough.  With all the rain we've had this year, it looks like it's rebounded quite well, even if it is leaning significantly.


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/August-25-The-summer-bloomers-are-looking-good-/i-tnq58J9/0/f01b67ea/X3/9%20Joe%20Pye%20Weed%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/August-25-The-summer-bloomers-are-looking-good-/i-tnq58J9/A)


The Joe Pye Weed is said to attract butterflies and appears to be doing its job .  .  .


(https://photos.smugmug.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/August-25-The-summer-bloomers-are-looking-good-/i-nPjtJFW/0/fd29540c/X3/10%20A%20visitor%20-%20Copy-X3.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-House-Home-Gallery-/May-2009-present-Athens-Georgi/The-annual-Yard-Adventure-/Todds-ongoing-2017-yard-adventure-/August-25-The-summer-bloomers-are-looking-good-/i-nPjtJFW/A)


Title: Re: The 2017 edition of Todd's ongoing Yard Adventure . . .
Post by: Oldcarsarecool on November 05, 2017, 01:27:36 AM
Another minor project .  .  .
September 17, 2017





The arrival of September means the leaves begin to fall from the trees.  From now until the cold weather arrives, I'll be spending time each weekend with the bag attached to the lawn mower grinding up what falls so I can spread it over my Random Curved Shape.   When October arrives, I'll have a lot of leaves and other debris to mulch.  But right now, it's not so bad. 


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This week was a bit more intense than usual.  Hurricane Irma arrived in Florida as a Category 3 storm and made her way up the state's west coast.  By the time it reached the Georgia state line, it had weakened to a tropical storm.  Irma came through northern Georgia on September 11 bring light but steady rainfall and a day of gusty winds.  Trees were down all over the place in Athens.  But that was it for the most part.  My neighborhood actually fared pretty well.


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The photos above and below are from a week after the fact and show minimal damage.  I had a few decent sized branches come down along with a lot of leaves and small debris, but that's it.  I'll have a good sized pile for the next Leaf & Limb Collection.


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I believe the shrub in the photos below is an American Beautyberry bush.


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It was in place when I moved in and continues to bloom beautifully each fall.  I have done nothing to it other than cut it back when it gets wild.


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I see that the Eleanor Tabor Indian Hawthorn shrub I moved last month has survived the ordeal, which is always good news.  I originally planted it directly in front of the house in March 2012 where it did ok, but not great.  I moved it to the mailbox area in April 2016 thinking more sun would be beneficial.  Even though it seemed like a good idea, it just didn't work.  It dropped most of its leaves shortly afterward, and then had to deal with an encroaching pampas grass plant.  So we'll see how this location works.  The key is that it survived the move !


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Relocating the Indian Hawthorn meant I had to find yet another home for the small azalea that previously occupied that space.  Since I hacked all of the azaleas next to the driveway this past spring, a decent gap has developed in between two of them large enough to fit this small shrub.  This is the fourth, and hopefully last location for this little guy.  He's survived the three previous moves and seems to be doing fine after this move as well.


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The Sky Pencil Holly I moved back in April hasn't fared nearly as well.  I originally had two of these shrubs planted beside my front steps.  One died over last winter, and the other, even though it survived, didn't look too healthy.  I tried moving it into a sunny area to save it.  That idea obviously didn't work.


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Seeing the all-but-deceased Sky Pencil Holly today got me thinking.  I originally found the small volunteer Japanese Maple tree in the photo below in April 2016 buried in my side yard.  Not liking where it was, I moved it to a temporary home in the back yard until I could figure out what to do with it.  Removing the dead Sky Pencil Holly means I would have a vacancy in the front yard.  And if this tree grows at the same rate as the other Japanese Maple, running out of room shouldn't be a problem.  This sounds like a plan.


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Out came the Sky Pencil Holly .  .  .


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.  .  . and in went the volunteer Japanese Maple.


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This location should work for the Japanese Maple provided that it doesn't grow too fast.  If it grows at the same rate as the Star Magnolia, all should be well .  .  .


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