Friday, September 1, 2017

Apple Tree Bed Conversion

The flower bed that I refer to as the Apple Tree Bed no longer exists as it did several years ago with our old apple tree right in the middle of it. This first picture was taken June of 2010. The apple tree was 30+ years old and developed a disease that killed it. So what did this gardener do? I carried on despite losing one of my dear old friends.
 It looks a whole lot different than it did in 2010. I have added the Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea and some other shrubs and trees that you can't see from this vantage point.  
What I am particularly pleased with is the little seating area that we, we being my DB and I, made with the left over concrete from the sidewalk remodel out front. For the last few years  I have had this old bench sitting here. Since I do use it, especially in the morning, I thought to get a new set of furniture to sit in this little space.
I have always wanted one of those white antique wrought iron sets of lawn furniture. While this is not antique it gives that feel to the setting.
Right now everything in the garden looks so rusty since it is the first of September and August was so terribly dry. We only had .7" of rain in the gauge. Where Weather Underground officially measures for our area WU said that August had no rain but luckily we had a touch. Below you can see a better view of the little trio.
I am trying to train myself to call this area my Sitting Garden because I do seem to do a lot of sitting here. I now have a little table to set my book, camera, paints etc on. Surprisingly these little chairs are a lot more comfortable than they look. 
I am looking forward to the day when the garden is again well watered and look all green and plump as in the first photo. Come on fall rains.

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  1. It looks lovely and very inviting now. I would probably still call it the Apple Tree Bed, but Sitting Garden is good too. :)

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    1. It will probably always be the Apple Tree Bed to me Rebecca.

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  2. You have created a lovely 'sitting area' in the garden where your friend the Apple Tree was ~ and I love the path to it ~ very pretty and inviting ~ ^_^

    (A ShutterBug Explores) ^_^ ~ Happy Labor Day Weekend to you.

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    1. Thank you Carol. I hope you have a good Labor Day Weekend too.

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  3. Looks lovely. Nothing nicer than a comfy chair with a table where you can spread out. Our remaining apple tree is 60 years old and on its last legs. I am redoing the area under the tree but still using shade plants at this point.

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  4. It looks like a great area! It's always hard to lose a tree we love so much. I love having a space in the garden to just sit and enjoy. :)

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  5. Are your gardens visible to neighbors or the road? Or are they kind of 'hidden' spaces?

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    1. Hi Nan, I live jus off one of the busiest streets in town. We have planted trees and shrubs to make our garden feel secluded. You can still hear the traffic but it is somewhat muted. You can hide in my garden.

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  6. Love your seating area. Looks very inviting!

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  7. How big is the hydrangea!? I first thought it was a comfy little nook to rest in but then realized the bed is much bigger than I thought. What a great idea to put it there and the concrete is really working out well.

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    1. The hydrangea is at least 6'tall and as wide. The sitting area is sort of tucked into this bed. I can almost hide in here. :)

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  9. She sure is enjoying her naps on this rainy day ~ me too! ~ We had company last night and a late night with fireworks ~

    Thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog ~ ^_^ today

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    1. Naps sound perfect for a cool rainy day.

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  10. So sad to loose such a dear old friend but you've done wonders with the apple tree bed and it looks fantastic!

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  11. You've done a great job! What a beautiful place to have coffee and meet the morning. I love your Hydrangea....as I was reading, I was trying to find a place in my yard for one!

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  12. It does look much different! Is that new fencing, too? I really like it! Your plantings in that area are impressive, and it now seems like the perfect place to sit and enjoy the beauty you've cultivated. :)

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    1. No new fencing. The tall fencing in the back is made from a fencing panel. It goes over the path that runs behind the flower bed. The little trellis panels that I put behind the sitting area is covered with vines just to give a back drop until the tree and shrub behind grows up. I am glad you like it.

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  13. Your garden looks beautiful. I love to rest in middle of the plants and have a cup of tea with my family.It would be a wonderful time:)

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  14. Hope you are enjoying your chair garden ~ thanks again for visiting and commenting ~ Happy Week to you ~ ^_^

    (A ShutterBug Explores)

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  15. Your new Sitting Garden is perfect! It looks like it was there forever. I have a similar table and chairs but didn't think of making a special garden for it -- it just sits out on a lawn. I love that hydrangea and added it to my 'must have' list. P. x

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  16. It is always sad when we lose something in the garden, especially trees. I would be devastated if I lost my apple tree. I had tree surgeons visit the garden a few weeks ago. They took some diseased branches from the old apple tree. They raised the canopy on the large oaks and took around six feet from the wild hedge that surrounds the garden. I waited until the birds had finished nesting. It looks good.

    I love your furniture. My Mother had a set in her garden. Hers was green but I prefer white.
    It looks very pretty. I can see you there in summer, a cup of tea in hand watching the birds.

    Have a good weekend Lisa.

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  17. So sorry about your apple tree, but you have created such a lovely spot in its place. Wishing for rain here, too!

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  18. Hi Lisa ~ thanks for commenting on my blog and your support ~ Happy Weekend to you ~ Xxx ~ ^_^

    ps. Zoe is fine ~ It is me that had the oral surgery ~ taking time to heal ~ thanks for your well wishes ~

    (A ShutterBug Explores)

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  19. Hello again. Lisa :-) What a fabulous place to sit you have now, a positive out of your apple tree demise as you may not have considered it as so. Enjoy! I'm guessing it all looks quite refreshed since your recent much needed rainfall :-)

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