I took copious notes as I went around the house and studio with the previous owners this past weekend. I wanted to know what everything was! And I knew I’d never remember, so I wrote it all down.
Here are a few highlights.
I have a lilac! And it’s blooming!
This is a hydrangea. I should have pruned it in the fall, but it will have to manage. I’m not sure I should cut that back now. I’ll take care of it properly this fall.
I’ve been wondering about what is to either side of the steps to the front door. Those are laurels.
This is a cherry here to the side of the front porch. (And you can’t really see it beyond the cherry tree in this photo, but the other tree in the front yard is a mimosa.)
There are two apples trees along the creek. (There are another two apple trees way back in the second upper pasture, but I’m thinking those are deer apples, due to location.)
It was a good time to nail down what I’ve got because I want to get some more trees planted this spring. I’ve ordered plum, peach, apricot, fig, mulberry, paw paw, hazelnut, and sugar maples. (And yes, in the case of those that need pollinators, I’ve ordered more than one of different varieties.) I will be adding some berry bushes also, but I’m not quite ready for them yet.
I’m going to plant the sugar maples along the strip between the two access roads. Good thing sugar maples are so gorgeous in the fall, because that will be it for me. It takes approximately 40 years for a maple tree to grow big enough to tap. I’ll have them put “I hope you like the maple syrup!” on my tombstone!