Tuesday, September 7, 2010

The Front Yard

"Believe me my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats."
When we bought the house we saw the view, the river, and the dry full basement.  The lot looked interesting - 12 feet above sea level at the roadside, salt marsh at the wind in the willows riverbank.  What we did not realize (especially I did not) was how appealing the grounds could be and how interesting caring for and improving it could be.

After we cleared out the invasive jewelweed we turned our attention to the front yard.  We pulled out the scraggly 40 foot silver maple, which Peter Green climbed and cut down for us.  That opened the front yard.  Step one was the raised bed, which Susan planted.  The next was planting three evergreens - two Canaan firs and a balsam fir. (click images to enlarge)