Monday, October 1, 2012

Changes in the the Garden ...

Before I begin to tell you about the BIG PROJECT that will begin tomorrow morning in our backyard, I would like to share a couple of photos.  And I would like to ask for your input.  The following four photos show the same viburnum bush.

October 31, 2007

October 25, 2008

Today, October 1, 2012
 Today, October 1, 2012
We've been "ahead of schedule" (like so many other people!) all year.  However, due to the fact that we have had VERY little precipitation from July 2011 through this month (yes all last Summer, Winter, Spring and this Summer) I'm wondering if this is the cause of all the intense color we're seeing (enjoying) this Fall?  But most especially, notice the coloration of this viburnum!!

What do YOU think??

Now, for the backyard project -  a new septic system!

Developing a "clear space" for the big equipment to roll over...
 See the plants and bushes in pots?

 They're supposed to aim to drive through the space between the trees.  Mr. Shady cut down three trees here - can you see the tall trunks, left so the equipment can drag them out of the ground?

Notice the huge open space in the backyard... through which I anticipate much morning sunlight next year...

 If you look carefully in the wayback-back, on the right side, you'll see two more stumps.
These were huge trees that died during the winter/spring due to last year's drought.

HUGE clear space.
Gardens are an ever changing entity.  So, I guess I'll be doing some switching 'round next Spring!

And there's a real need to have a properly working septic system.  :-)
Nothing Shady There!

Have a great week!!  It's been beautiful here - albeit completely dry for the past two months.


Northern Shade said...

Your viburnum has terrific fiery color, very pretty. I'm not sure what intensifies the colouring, but it sound like it might be your weather this year.

You new clearing will give space for all kinds of new plants. With the woodland edge and the sunny glade, it will be fun to plant a wide range of plants, from woodsy to part shade to sunny. Plus the path will already be established.

Rosemary said...

Shady Love the viburnum colour , I know the colours here are brighter and the weather forecaster is saying it is because of the dryness.....
Looking forward to seeing what you do next spring after the septic work is done...
My area has been getting enough rain since the first of Sept. Hopefully you will get some rain after the septic bed is in and we all have pleasant weather next spring and summer. Isn't that what a gardener always hopes for?

Shady Gardener said...

Northern and Rosemary, Love your optimism! I'm fine with what we're doing here. Want to visit and help me out next Spring?? :-)