Saturday, December 7, 2013

Who Knew Trees Could Grow So Fast?????

Well.....
here I am back up in good old Massachusetts.
I woke up this morning with some crappy white stuff on the ground.
Being from Flerida, I was a leetle big confused......
It's so good to be back where it's cold and grey and gets dark at 3:45!!!!
I'm going back down in January though!!!!!
I have a photo shoot at the end of that month.
Harris publications wants to shoot my Florida home.
I wasn't familiar with their magazines, so I Googled them.
They do cottage magazines that are sold on news stands.
Soooooo.....
this year both my houses will be shot with stories talking about my blog.
THIS BETTER GET ME MORE READERS!!!!!
Photo shoots are one of those things that are tense and boring all at the same time.
Plus....,
something always gets broken.

Another reason I need to be back in Flerida.....
I need to redo the landscaping alongside my house.
I mentioned this in my last post.
I had this stuff planted 9 years ago.
This is how big the plants have gotten!!!!!
Here's a shot showing the height better.....
This is what these plants looked like when I was first having them installed.
I was sooooo excited when they brought in the fishtails in their pots!!!!
I hadn't redone the pools and pavers yet.
The previous owners had a problem with
 design and style and taste and scale.......
This is what it looked like before I got started, just a hedge.
Here they are, newly planted....
I wanted to screen the house that is right next to me.
Then the next year.....
They were really starting to do the job that I had signed them up for!!!!!
and then.....
They started to get leggy.
This shot is after I removed the spa and replaced it with a planter, redid the pool water line tiles and had brick pavers put down,
Now they are so tall they tower over the two story house next door.
The trunks are ugly and ginormous.
Although....
I still love the lushness of some of it......
Soooooo.....
We are going to remove the fishtail palms
(This is an image of a fishtail palm)
 and leave the arecas palms.
(This is a picture of an areca palm....)
I need to have the big ones cut down and have the root balls dug out.
Thank goodness there are men you can pay to do this,
the thought of all that sweat and grunting is more than I can bare,
 let alone actually doing it.
My idea of gardening is pointing to what I want done,
 and going to the nursery and getting to ride around in a golf cart saying things like.....
"I want me some of dose!!!!!"
Anyway.....
I plan on having this done in January, so I will keep you guys abreast of my endeavors,
Anybody want to lend me some money?????

On that note,
Latah, Gatah
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7 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Anybody want to lend me some money?????"
Depends..if you come to NJ and while here, also have a look at what needs improving – maybe we could come to an agreement:-)
Really happy for you that you will be featured in a photoshop- I'll keep an eye out for the magazine, if you let us know the publishing date.
Dolores

Anonymous said...

Clearly I shouldn’t be commenting while drinking champagne..of course, it should be ‘photo shoot’ not shop.
Dolores

bmayer said...

We planted a fishtail to block our neighbors second story window from the viewing our pool. I was skeptical.....but a few years later....wow....mission accomplished. By the way, I threw an almost dead Pothos house plant (you know yellow and green 2" heart shaped leaves, like a philodendron) under a pine tree (Bernie's plant graveyard) and now it has vines about 40' up the tree and some of the LEAVES are more than two feet long. Love Flerida gardening!

Marge said...

Echoing Delores above.....please, please make sure you post what publications and when they come out for both places. Decoratively (is that a word??), I live vicariously through you! :-)

Skye said...

Problems with "design and style and taste and scale" are probably also my specialty! That's why we make one decision about one thing for the inside of our house every 4-7 years. It takes that long to make sure we're not going horribly wrong.

Katie Mansfield said...

I hope you get more readers from your photo shoots. I hate it when trees grow too fast for the landscape.

Marje said...

Lot to be said for plastic palms!!!!!!
Sorry, couldn't resist…….
I think I'd have planted kumquats, at least they are edible. Those palms, not so much.

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