Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Creating a new space and garden

Consolidating to a smaller house is an "interesting" process. 

We're going to good space.

We've enjoyed it as a weekend and summer home, so we've gradually been changing things to suit it better to be our new space as home.  (It was built by an architect as his own eco-friendly house, so it was full of somewhat unusual personal choices). 

We've changed some things to suit us better over the years, but the blending with the move will bring a more dramatic change, definitely pushing it even more towards a more rustic feel, adding a few favorite old pieces we've had for many years, switching around artwork around, and deciding what suits us best.

We have a view into a ravine forest (a major selling point), now mostly freed of invasive plants.

I posted about that view 2 years ago.  It's a lovely and ongoing project.

My gardening companion has added understory natives and shrubs to the ravine forest, with woodland wildflowers on the list.  The plantings under the eaves of the house are flourishing, with Celandine Poppy and Aquilegia canadensis now in flower.

Golden ragwort:  image from Wikipedia
The Golden Ragwort patches are in full flower, in the front of the house (as well as transplanted patches to the sides and below) -- it's beautiful.  It's a "thug," spreading happily, and will definitely need more editing this spring.

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