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  •  What a fantastic story! (4+ / 0-)
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    blueoasis, kishik, jayden, welso

    Oh, how i agonize over my empty spaces; what to plant, where to plant.  It's why i still have so much empty space to fill!  Who knew all i needed was a sac of potatoes. :)

    •  It's not a strategy I could ever bring myself (4+ / 0-)
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      to try for things like trees and shrubs, but I don't have the large areas that you and J do either.  I've scattered wildflower seed in smaller areas, but if anything I tend toward the OCD.  Or used to anyway.  The last few years have been breaking me in.  The house sits on 4 lots and on the corner so I've got more than the average to play with.

      Your trails and projects sound delightful.  I would love to have a creek that's close by and easily accessible.  I grew up on a small farm on a creek and spent about half my time from six to twelve playing there or fishing and swimming in my uncle's lakes.  Fun, carefree times.  Very idyllic and long gone now.

      But back to the present, I can empathize with your indecision.  With me, it's been a struggle among different looks with an equal attraction for the formal French, English cottage, and native.  I hadn't thought about it when
      we bought, except we really liked the house and space, but with an addition with another driveway and fencing, we've ended up with 7 discrete areas, so it's been easier to indulge different looks and mixtures.

      For some reason, I've been much more talkative than usual.  Probably encroaching senility. :)

      More: Some men think the Earth is round, others think it flat; it is a matter capable of question. But if it is flat, will the King's command make it round? And if it is round, will the King's command flatten it?

      by blueoasis on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 11:16:39 PM PDT

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    •  Broad strokes! (3+ / 0-)
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      Go big. Select your favorites and do them en masse; preferably natives that are rugged and hardy for your area. Once you do that it's easier to find specimen trees and shrubs to highlight within the landscape canvas.

      Building a landscape feature such as a berm gives you a wonderful focal point and makes a great place from which to originate and expand. Creating a loose group of smaller vignettes works well too.

      The hardest part is finding the mix of plants that give you an almost continual display of color and texture.

      You can always toss potatoes as a last resort!

      Not this mind and not this heart, I won't rot • Mumford & Sons

      by jayden on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 07:23:20 AM PDT

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