Keep Baptistia by the kitchen window area of the path to the south alley cut to the ground – or dig it out…..
Dig up and remove the now-unused overflow pipe running from the former site of the rain barrel by the front lift towards the left side of the south alley gate.
Bury the black extension pipe for the south downspout under the path to the south gate.
Edge and reshape path to south gate to make a nice smooth line. Reapply pinebark mulch.
Replace broken swag chain in south alley.
Cut the Lord Baltimore hibiscus by the lilac back by half twice before July 1. Do the same with the one near the tuteur in the front bed.
Keep shrubs and bushy perennials cut back from paths in the backyard to reduce potential tick contract points.
Check plastic top rail on the backyard fence height extensions and put a screw in any that have come out of the T connectors.
Check stem of Exochorda ‘The Bride’ and remove any side shoots in order to keep one clear stem/trunk.
Apply a layer of 1/3 concrete sand and 2/3 fine wood mulch to paths. About 1 cubic yard of sand and 2 of wood should be sufficient. We usually use pine mulch but cedar may be better because we’ve seen carpenter ants.
remove pine log edging in the north alley and replace it with cedar logs if we can find them!
Top-dress and reseed backyard lawn to fill in bare spots. Water where dogs frequently pee (e.g. near base of ash tree) to help limit damage from burning.
Remove Baptisia by path near kitchen window and at top of north alley – or keep stems pruned to the ground. Did not remove – kept cut down
Keep regrowth on the willow stump by the shed pruned off.Kept cut back
Prune or remove large perennials or shrubs that brush against you as you walk along paths. Kept cut back
In winter prune off branch on Kousa dogwood across from the patio where it is now interfering with easy walking on the path. Done
If drought-stricken 2016 hosta transplant on south side of driveway does not return in spring, replace with a new transplant. Hosta did not survive and was not replaced
Transplant red-pink 2016 surprise clematis seedling on north alley fence to grow with the honeysuckle a short distance further west on the fence. Could not find the string around the stem to identify it in early spring so the clematis remains in place
remove peachy-colored heucheras from herb bed and replace with purple ones. Done
Adjust air conditioner screen to fit taller new air conditioner! Done
Build up soil level on west side of front ditch where is has subsided, exposing the metal grass barrier that also holds the brick edging in place. Re-sod as necessary. Done
Move a division of a large blue hosta to the SE side of the end of the driveway to pair with the one on the NE side. Done – but may have died in the summer drought. Need to replant in 2017 if it does not return in spring.
Remove ‘Paul Farges’ clematis on south fence in backyard. Add a ‘Vyvyan Pennell’ and/or ‘Ramona’? ‘Paul Farges’ kept pruned in 2016 but not removed. Did not bloom. Quite a few of the stems now originate on neighbour’s side of the fence.
replace chickenwire fence extension on south with hardware cloth(?) Hardware colth and plumbing pipes used to raise all fence heights to 6″ to help keep coyotes out.
add wire extensions to the top of the west and north fences to help coyote-proof them. Done
add more crusher-run gravel to path through front arbour to raise the path level. Done
Remove Baptisia from kitchen window bed; replace with alpine strawberries. Not done – kept stems pruned to the ground but still need to remove the roots.
Remove Baptisia from north alley; replace with ? Not done – kept stems pruned to the ground but still need to remove the roots.
Evaluate light levels on south side of shed now that the pussywillow is gone. Replant in fall with something appropriate for the light and moisture available there. Moved ‘Empress Wu’ hosta to beside the willow stump. Willow stump still sprouting new growth that needs regular removal.
Topdress and overseed backyard lawn again this spring. Do a better job of watering – especially around the trunk of the ash tree where the dogs pee most often! Done – but overseeding like now a regular spring – or late summer – chore…..
Shift the Empress Wu hosta further back in the bed under the oak – it might encroach on the path too much as it grows. Moved ‘Empress Wu’ to willow stump area beside shed; replaced with a smaller hosta.
Consider moving/replacing/hard pruning bushy perennial and shrubs that get brushed against when walking along paths – the objective is to minimize risk of transferring ticks from the plants to people passing by. Pruned as necessary but not replaced.
stake the holly near the shed that is being grown as a single-trunked ‘tree’ – it is starting to lean. Done – but need to straighten support!
Finish re-leveling bricks.Main front bed completed; top part of driveway border completed; ‘moat bed’ to be done in the fall after plants have died back. Update – never got around to finishing it in the fall – to do in spring 2015….
Refresh paths by adding new layer of pine bark mulch/concrete sand mix. Done May 19-20 2014 put down a base of ‘crusher run’ gravel on paths prone to wetness or washouts. Packed down with water-filler roller and topped with pine bark mulch rolled on top.
Remove old, unused soaker hoses from beds – where it is possible to do so without damaging plants. Done.
Replace dead/dying ‘Pink Beauty’ potentilla shrubs in the driveway border Done
Re-evaluate perennial plantings in the ‘teardrop’ bed – intent is to have relatively low plantings to compliment the central ‘The Swan’ hydrangea/clematis ‘x Durandii’ combination which should be mature enough soon to put on a good show. Consider which of the existing perennial companions (iberis, pasqueflower, heuchera, perennial geranium should be expanded – or removed or replaced with something else – what…? (consider adding Blue-Eyed Grass, Erigeron glaucus ‘Sea Breeze’, Geranium renardii, blue flax, a saxifrage or two,….?) Removed purple coneflowers and replaced with dark purple heucheras (“Midnight Rose’ and ‘Midnight Ruffles’) Added a couple of ‘Little Gem’ iberis. Moved a Sedum ‘Matrona’ into the bed from a too-shady spot elsewhere in the front garden. Need to reevaluate in 2015 before deciding on any further changes needed.
Prune off old upright ‘water sprouts’ from pussywillow by shed.Did not bother to do!
Encourage more horizontal growth on Japanese wisteria. on-going
Prune Chinese wisteria after flowering to reduce height and width again? Done
‘Wet corner’ bed needs height and structure – consider what woody material might grow there…. plant an America Hornbeam in line with end of central path through south woodland beds….? Deferred to 2015
Divide bright green hosta SE of shed; – add some of it under pines – and to north side of front bed(?) Done – added to north side of front bed
Add Helleborus foetidus and a bright green hosta to the fern bed planted last fall against the fallen, dead apple tree. Also try adding bunchberries (Cornus canadensis) to this bed and the red trillium area to the south of the shed to see if they will establish themselves there. Not done – decided hellebore not needed and have given up on trying to get bunchberries to survive here!
Divide big blue hosta on the fence side at the end of the south alley. Add some divisions of it to the wet corner (?) Did not do.
Replace ‘Harlequin’ honeysuckle killed last year on north fence with clematis – ‘Betty Corning’ ? Also, if Kiwi vine (‘Issai’) on dead, fallen apple tree survived the winter, move to north fence. Added an ‘Issai’ kiwi and a male pollinator kiwi.
Consider what needs changing on the groundcover level in main front bed with the move to more shrubs – see comments re ‘teardrop’ bed…. Minor additions but no significant changes.
In the fall, replant a collection of vigorous small spring bulbs in the living room bed. Forgot to do! Will try to remember for fall 2015!
Plant a rhubarb in a big driveway pot. Done – plus one added to south side of front bed.
Add some pink Mammoth Mums to the north side of driveway border and red and/or rusty orange ones to the ‘hot’ bed on the south side of the driveway. Added Mammoth Dark Pink Daisy ‘mum to end of driveway border plus ‘Dreamweaver’ pink mum a short distance back from it; planted Mammoth Red and Dark Bronze mums in pots to assess their color and size before deciding whether to add to south driveway bed; planted a ‘Tigertail’ mum in south driveway bed.
Finish re-leveling brick edging on the garage side of main front bed, and down the driveway border from the top end to the Chinese wisteria tree Not done – nephew to assist in 2014
Remove any purple coneflowers from the ‘teardrop’ bed; add Pasqueflowers and add dwarf Candytuft/Iberis as groundcover. Continue to remove any remaining Russian Sage that reappears in that bed. Most removed – but perennial plantings here need to be reassessed in 2014 – add ‘Midnight Rose’ heuchera to repeat/tie to other front bed plantings..?
Remove feverfew from front bed before it flowers, leaving the pulled plants on the ground as mulch. Most feverfew gone.
Replace feverfew with a combination of dwarf Candytuft/Iberis and Pasqueflowers. Some added but need more.
Remove any remaining daisies from the front bed and severely edit out the coneflowers (which are seeding around too vigorously. Also remove any perennial geraniums – seedlings of Brookside – but leave the Rozanne one under the ‘Randy’ magnolia. A lot removed but more probably need to be, although Randy wants to keep coneflowers for the birds – reassess in 2014….
Add some dwarf flowering shrubs to replace some of the removed perennials (‘Hummingbird’ summersweet….? ‘Chardonnay Pearls’ deutzia…? ‘Miniature Snowflake’ mockorange…? Dwarf Hinoki Falsecypress Chamaecyparis obtusa “Nana Gracilis”? a dwarf butterfly bush…?) Some added in 2013 – ‘Palibin’ lilac, ‘Bobo’ hydrangea, ‘Tiny Tuff Stuff’ hydrangea,,’Snow Dwarf’ mockorange.
Replace prostrate Veronica that edges the central path in the main front bed. Replace with cream or white-flowered large sized (~2’) burgundy heucheras (Chocolate Ruffles…? Plum Pudding…?Midnight Bayou…? Crimson Curls…?) Replaced with several red-purpe heucheras.
Prune Serviceberry in front garden down to one trunk after flowering is finished. Not done – still considering the look I want.
Replace clematises on swag and south sideyard that did not survive the drought of 2012. None needed replacing.
Divide large blue hostas in backyard – give some ‘Elegans’ to Becky. Gave some to Becky
Add a dwarf white pine to south woodland near dead apple tree…? Not done – not enough light – planted area with ferns.
Prune ‘Harlequin’ honeysuckle vines on north fence to get rid of some of the woodiest old stems. Done – killed it!
Continue to prune/train Beautybush (and nearby white redbud tree) to form arch over path from south alley. Randy pruned Beautybush – too hard and ruined shape!
Prune ‘Queen Elizabeth’ rose in the north driveway border to attempt to make it a tree-form. Prune all thin canes out at the base, leaving 1-2 of the thickest canes to form the main trunks. Prune the top growth on those trunks to encourage the top to branch out and become bushy. Done
Prune the large butterfly bush in the front bed to remove thin stems down to the base to make it look more like a multi-stemmed tree. Prune off the top growth of the remaining stems at about 3.5′. In July cut the new growth on those stems back by half to encourage side shoots to develop in order to produce more flowers. Done
Cut off the two older upright sucker-type limbs on the old pussy willow on the south side of the shed. Not done – do in 2014
Late winter/early spring – sand and repaint air conditioner screen. Use BM (Benjamin Moore) Bonsai green to match the shed door.Done
Remove ligularia from west end of oak garden across from ‘wet corner’ and replace with rodgersia that will better tolerate the level of available moisture. Forgot to do this! Ligularia seems to have died out….
Divide the large blue hosta at the ramp-patio corner. Replant one chunk in the same spot and place others in the oak garden, near the dead apple tree. Done
Consider removing tree peonies from front bed – replace with…? Gave them a reprieve – not sure for how long….
Consider pruning out some of the old stems of the Harlequin honeysuckle vine on the chainlink fence in the north alley… Still need to do this….
Prune honeysuckle on iron arbour top to level it out – the garage side is taller…. Removed it entirely and replaced with ‘Emerald Gaiety’ euonymus and ‘Henryi’ clematis
Prune 12″-18″ off the top of the Chinese wisteria tree – it is getting too tall and hard to reach with the long-arm pruners. Trim the side branches as needed to keep a pleasing overall shape once the height has been reduced. Done
Begin training/pruning the beautybush in the living room bed to form a tunnel over the path along the back of the house. Done – but will be a work-in-progress for a few years
In spring prune the older, woody sage plants on the south side of the driveway to emphasize/display their woody bases – make into quasi-bonsai. Done
If the Highbush cranberries by the corner of the garage do not straighten up after the berries fall off in spring, prune back as necessary to allow clear passage along the garage path. Done