Landscaping Part 1

Now that everything is about 80% bloomed for Spring, landscaping at Thayer Manor has been in overdrive. Keep in mind we have 6 acres, with about 4 out of the 6 acres that need to be manicured. We were lucky enough to have professional landscapers living over the hill behind us who we could barter with for free services (gutter cleaning, spring/fall cleaning, etc). This year they are also helping us take out a couple flower beds that have poison ivy in them and plant grass seed.  Going from a 10×20 lot to 4 acres was a huge learning curve.

It took both us mowing (riding lawn mower and push) to just get everything cleaned up. Here you can see the side property with two apple trees.  This is pre-mowed. The side 5 acre lot is being sold, so we’ve been considering buying some sugar maples and lining the side property line with them (about 30 feet behind the apple trees).

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Something like this below, with some privacy pines mixed in behind to give more coverage in the winter months.

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We brought out our lounge chairs (we bought for $20 bucks years ago). The orange went great with the charcoal color of our previous home, but definitely want to change these to something more traditional lines and add some different cushions.

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Here’s another shot of the side property. To the left of the pine trees and back another 15 feet, a lot of water collects since the property down there is at the bottom of a hill. We really want to plant a Weeping Willow back there to suck up that standing water. Something like this:

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That we could add some old school swings under…

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This photo just makes me laugh- Mr. Manor mowing the side property. You can see the trees we cut down- finally getting chopped up this weekend.

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View of the barn. You can see our friend’s boat peaking out of the side pasture on the upper left hand corner of the photo. Can’t wait to get that out of there.  This weekend, we planted raspberry and blackberry bushes to run up the side pasture fence. It doesn’t look like it, but this yard was actually mowed. The little flower bed in this photo is going to be taken out, and grass planted. You can also see in front of the barn, some weird stakes and branches. There is a well (broken) that has a broken bag of concrete on top of it, and rotting wood, that we need to take out. I really want the well filled, but we’re trying to figure out our options before we pull any triggers. The previous owner staked and planted grape vines around the well. I haven’t see any growth on them this year, or last year when we first looked at the property, so I don’t feel bad ripping them out. I really want to eventually put a fire pit there with some Adirondack chairs. That way people can go in and out of the barn for beverages, and stay out of the house when the babies are asleep.

The front of the house was mowed, and I planted two different kinds of white climbing roses along the side fence. We still need to have some stumps removed, and grass seed down…

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Zinc Crate and Barrel planters I have upside down (can’t find the inserts right now) with some potted lavender on top. Simple ‘welcome’ mat. Our brass knocker was original to the house (some sort of horse bit).

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This is just to the left of the front door. You can see the stumps that need to be grinded down. There were a series of odd pine needle trees that completely shaded that side of the house. The trees were not healthly looking. Cutting them down completely opened up that side of the house and the natural light is amazing. The landscapers are going to regrass this area, and then I can plant some hydrangeas along the house.

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Here you can see the two climbing roses I planted. I’d love to trim that water spout back…It’s a little extreme. Our huge Limelight Hydrangea hasn’t come in yet.

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Another view of the side gate with white climbing roses.

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Here’s a shot of the stone retaining wall and side entrance. We just trimmed an off-shoot of that birch tree yesterday so it won’t grow over the house and electrical wires.

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Garage, shed and barn. Here you can actually see the piled concrete mix on top of the well, and the grape vines. There is Lily of the Valley that grows all along the garage/shed and in front of the barn. I really need to find some sort of flowering vine to grow on the garage and along the shed- the shed door is soooo lopsided. We don’t go in that way anyways, so I plan on just having the vines cover that.

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Front yard with apple tree.

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Here is the awesome side garden. It’s actually in the shape of a heart. The rhubarb at the front of the photo is the top portion of one side of the heart. The dirt area next to it is the other side. This will all be cleaned out and grass seed planted.

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Side of the house- I wish this area was level to plant a garden, but sadly it’s pretty slanted.

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View from the other side of the house- we plan on redoing the front by adding an enclosed portico that stands about 2 ft. from the current house-it will encompass the current front door until 6 inches from the first window to the right of the front door.  I’d love to take out those two windows to the right of the front door and put in a 4 bay window to match the other side and bring more light into the living room, but that’s asking a lot. Landscaping, I would continue with white hydrangeas flush to the house.

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Another view of the poison ivy garden.

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Side garden with view of the back pasture.

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Living room windows I would love to rip out and put a 4 bay into.

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