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Saturday, April 2, 2011

Did Winter Trash Your Yard?

One of several trees that bit the dust when we had such cold temps this winter.


 Now I am sure this Starfruit tree is a gonner, however my DH insists that it will come back.  Can you believe I get to look at this for a while.  Yuk, not pretty.


 This is another one that he pruned all the dead stuff off.  Isn't it lovely too. (Not)


 He also thinks that maybe we can salvage this one.  Really?  He's got to be kidding.


 Some things did survive.  The Ponytail palm looks fine.


 The Purple Plum made it too.


 This is the only Rose bush that seems to be thriving, but at least one of them looks healthy.


 With all the dead stuff I just had to find some place to have something to look at.  A trip to the nursery for a few flowers was definitely in order.


 This little Geranium came back from last year.  Gotta love it.


 A few more flowers to fill in where all the bushes died.  I spied another pot so I need to buy more plants.


Hopefully the DH will give in and just chop all the dead trees and plants down and then we can start fresh with some healthy new ones.  Keep your fingers crossed for me.

Thanks for stopping by.  I always look forward to your visits. 






40 comments:

  1. Good luck. Our back is a mess. The trees look terrible. We lost 2 bushes and my pots are empty and he says no sense to get flowers when I am going to be gone for a month. I know it makes sense, but I miss my pretty flowers. Oh well, there is always the Fall!!

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  2. Good that you have started sprucing up a bit. My yard and beds are a mess....colonies of moles moved in and dug up my bulbs and lilies!! Everything looks ragged and torn, but way too cold and very wet still to be working out there. Don't like to work in the mud!!! have a great weekend Marty....hugs....cleo

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  3. I'm in Tucson at the moment and lost my Cape Honeysuckle - we covered everything and got lucky only losing the one plant, but 17 deg is just too cold for the plants here! Good luck - I hope your husband is right, but I really think you are!!

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  4. Hi Marty~
    We lost so many big old trees this year. We have had to cut down probably at least 10 big old majestic cedar trees, and I haven't even begun to tally up all the plants and shrubs that will need to be replaced- it was really a heavy winter this year... good luck with your trees. Your rose in bloom and plum look gorgeous. :)

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  5. Love your potted plants Marty!! Winter totally trashed our yard, and there is so much of it that it is extremely overwhelming. If I could hire a crew, I would:-)

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  6. I love the little planters, lucky you to be able to have that little bit of spring. Sorry to hear about your landscape losses, though. It is still too cold and a bit snowy here to assess our garden, but I'm pretty sure our huge puppy has destroyed some of our small garden. Time will tell.

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  7. Oh yes, killed so many in our yard. We lost a ficus tree. Just scratch the bark off with your nail all the way down until you see green. Cut them back to that point. We ended up taking the whole tree out but our hibiscus hedges were cut down to about a foot tall. They were about 6 feet tall. Our yard is naked and brown. So sad.

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  8. We have a lot of Spring clean up to do outside Marty, this winter did a number on the yard!! Now all we need is some warmer weather so we can get out their and get started!! Enjoy your weekend and I'll keep my fingers crossed LOL!! Martina

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  9. Actually we were very lucky considering the heavy snow we had this winter. Everything looks pretty good. My lilacs are even getting flower buds on them!
    Hugs,
    Penny

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  10. Lucky for you the ponytail palm survived. We just replaced a palm in our front yard and it was $129.00 to replace. Quite expensive, but the front elevation looks so much better. Old man winter has done whupped up on us!~Ames

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  11. I don't think we lost anything, but there is plenty of tree limbs to pick up! And thanks for showing that beautiful rose bush!

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  12. My yard look awful...what little grass I had left with the winter season. I want to buy sod..the hubby wants grass seed. But every time we plant seed it washes away! Now my neighbors have a very nice yard..thanks to us!

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  13. We're heading for Tempe next Wednesday. Is it in the hundreds yet?

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  14. Your flowers are beautiful I'm sure you'll get your yard in order shortly. Cheers

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  15. Sorry to hear about the trees Marty, but your fresh flowers are really pretty-enjoy:@)

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  16. We haven't planted any trees yet so we didn't have any deaths! We did, however, plant a gazillion perennials and bulbs which seem to have survived thus far! I cannot grow hydrangeas to save my mortal soul, though!
    We also have a mama duck living under our air conditioner! A bunny lived there during the winter, I wonder if she is sub-letting? LOL!
    Happy Spring!

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  17. Marty, Your DH sounds like mine. LOL I say something is dead and he always thinks it will be ok. Hope springs eternal, I guess.
    I'm so ready to work in the yard but today is cold and windy. I guess I can look at the pots and decide what I want to plant...hmmm.
    Have a great weekend.
    Babs

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  18. I love when stuff come back! Spring gotta love it!

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  19. I've been cutting grass today, well mostly weeds actually. Our yard is a mess. Lots of work ahead! Love your flowers and that cute little marker.

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  20. This winter we had a lot of deer damage & we haven't really been able to get out & check too much 'cause WE STILL HAVE SNOW ON THE GROUND!! UGH!!
    Oh Spring... Where art thow??
    Have a Peaceful Evening!
    Marilyn

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  21. Hi Marty, thank you for your nice comments on the kitchen! It feels good to get it done. Now I am working on the outside like you! Sorry about your trees...what a shame. Your flowers look so pretty! I love spring and all of the color...puts me in a good mood! Have a great day! Kristen

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  22. gosh,, so sorry about your trees,,I'll keep my fingers crossed for you that they do make a come back.. pretty flowers in all those pots will help..

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  23. This winter was hard in so many areas. Our yard needs some attention...still waiting for some warmth to get out there!
    Love your yellow roses, so glad they made it through!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  24. Your flowers are beautiful!
    My hubby wanted to cut down a tree and couple of years ago and it has made a wonderful come back. Glad he didn't do it.
    Maybe you will be as lucky.

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  25. Sorry about the trees. :( I lost a bit this Winter also. I should have stayed home today and finished cleaning out the flower beds, but it was a beautiful day and I needed to go play. :D
    Hope you are enjoying your weekend.

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  26. Up here in New York, winter always trashes our yard. Everything usually comes back, but then again, mostly everything we plant has to be hardy.

    Good luck Marty, hopefully you won't lose too much!
    Your roses are doing beautifully at least.

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  27. Winter isn't over yet here, but in walking around the yard and flower beds, I see a lot of branches and twigs from the old walnut trees. We have a lawn service that does spring clean up for us, thankfully.

    Your flower pots look so pretty, Marty...I just can't wait to get my hands in the dirt!!

    XO,
    Jane

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  28. Good luck!! Love the yellow roses!!xx

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  29. Marty, I know what you mean. We lost four roses and some other things. That is gardening though things die and you start over. Your yellow rose is so pretty! ♥O

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  30. I'm astounded to hear it got that cold out there in AZ, Marty! My AZ sister never mentioned it. She arrives tomorrow for a visit & boy-O-boy is she gonna freeze here! LOL

    I hope your trees recover. We're still waiting for Spring to arrive but I did see some bits of green poking up! Yay!

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  31. Terri for me Its un believable happiness when plants come back, after such a harsh weather when they strat growing it seems like your hopes for better start growing... hopes, happines all combined with the beauty of spring
    Thanks for sharing http://craftaworld.blogspot.com/
    Love
    Farah

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  32. Marty,
    Perhaps you could coax DH with the phrase..."Spring...ah~h~h...new beginnings." It's worth a try!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  33. We too, have lost trees to frost AND drought. But you have planted color to fill or at least guide the eye away from the bare spots.
    And R.T. was a great day.
    Sunday Blessings ;-)

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  34. Hi Marty, one more comment. I've seen these little garden signs that you have in your pots on different blogs but can't find them to purchase. So you remember where you got them? Too Cute!

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  35. That's a pretty geranium, Marty. I did not thnk they came back. I just came in from drinking coffee in the gazebo absorbing all the beauty of spring. I saw a deer by the fench, went in to grab my camera but it was gone by the time I went back out. I just love spring! Be patient, those trees will come back. I hate for you to lose your pretty start apple...Christine

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  36. I was lucky and my lantana is coming back. Butterflies like it. I have 4 bushes that have an orange blossom, the name of which escapes me, that froze but they R returning from the bottom. Hate to cut the dead stuff cuz the hummingbirds like to sit on it. In case U aren't aware....Summerwinds has Sr. day on Wednesdays & things R 15% off. Have a great day.

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  37. I am beginning to feel fortunate that so much of our plants and tree's are fine after being neglected through the Winter. Our Magnolia tree..looked horrible. All dead on one side... the poor thing. But Sweet Husband climbed up on our tallest ladder and I was amazed how different it looked with all the dead trimmed out...so..have faith that yours can be made to look good..in spite of Winter damage. Yep, it won't be long until that bush in the corner will be all green and glorious once again! :)
    Hugs,
    Mona

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  38. We lost 2) lemon trees but most everything else is finely coming back. The one thing that we are still worried about it the Jacaranda out front. We haven't seen any signs of life yet...:(

    ~Liz

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  39. I like your sign "I don't remember planting this" - made me smile... that and the hope for your DH to chop the dead trees. Our backyard is actually going through this right now - thankfully, the front is not =)

    Lynda

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