November marks the first year in our new home and garden. We have not been idle. When we bought our little cottage in the woods we knew we had lots of work to do. We had to put on a new roof, replace the front porch, replace HVAC in the crawlspace, re-do two bathrooms and add a third, gut the kitchen and install a new one, update the lighting system, install new water heater, build a carport and add a new addition for a guest room and small deck . Whew!
In the wooded area in my front yard which borders a busy highway, I removed all the grass and spread wildflower seeds. I added birdhouses , baths and feeders. The wildflowers grew very well and I added butterfly weed, lantana, asters, mums, sage and grasses which attracted many butterflies, bees and birds. I planted lots of ferns, hollies, mahonia, violas, daffodils, crape myrtle, hellebores ,osmanthus and climbing hydrangeas in the wooded area fronting our house. On the side of the house near the large picture window I planted a Korean maple in the bird sanctuary.
In my boulder garden in back I planted catmint, yucca, verbena, asters, japanese iris, elephant ears, ajuga, scarlet sage, red buckeye, ornamental grasses, pyracantha, forest pansy redbud and a nectarine tree.
In my future vegetable garden I planted two Asian pears and an herb garden. I am waiting to get the backyard fenced in before I start a larger vegetable plot.
My younger sister Linda came down for a two week visit and got to see all the progress we had made since she was here last year when we first moved in and she was amazed.
I added two new tools to my garden collection that I had never had before : a leaf blower and shredder. I have so many leaves and instead of raking and bagging, I shred them so they can easily compost into the soil.
My future plan is to make this little half acre into a bird sanctuary by adding more birdbaths, feeders and birdhouses. It's wonderful to be awakened by the sound of birds singing in the morning and to watch them as they enjoy the suet, birdseed and water put out for them.
November also marks my third year in North Carolina and my granddaughter Lea's sixth birthday. She chose a farm venue to celebrate. She's a natural on a horse ! As my one and only I think that God smiled down on me and embodied everything -beauty, brains and sweetness into one little girl who is our constant joy and pleasure.