about Photenia hedges I may just go with the 3 little yew tree cuttings that I hope will be rooting over the summer. The yews grow pretty fast also and do not need pruning as the ones I have stay quite thin but make a very good screen. I can always get new little trees also. I will measure the space and see how many I need and how far from their sidewalk/garbage cans I need to plant them, and how far apart each tree needs to be. Hopefully I will be able to keep the rose where it is, if I use the yews. In this photo you see the grand vista to the neighbor's truck across the street. This neighbor across the street has trees on their property, whereas the ones beside me do not have a tree on their place.
They also removed the sides and top to about 20 feet high of the cedars at the back of the vegetable patch in the back garden. They did the neighbor's side of these cedars last year. There are big cut branches showing, but they should grow in again over time. I have been trimming back the bottom of these cedars as high as I can reach to make them into a hedge. Now I should get more light into the garden and the water/rain should fall onto the vegetable patch. There were great tree limbs to come down, so I told them the plants down there were expendable. The rhubarb was crushed, and some of the irises, and glads that were starting to poke up. Nothing serious. I gathered the rhubarb cut it and froze it. Yesterday I made a pie with it and some bought strawberries.
I moved the rhubarb to below the strawberries, where I hope it will get more light and have fewer tree roots to contend with. I have started to make a cutting garden out of the other half of the vegetable patch. I put in a dahlia, 8 more glads, a veronica, a delphinium, a hollyhock and an echinea. There is a lovely white columbine that has self seeded in there now. I have the 3 yews in big black pots to set roots hopefully. It was very hot for 4 days after hedging and pruning was done, so I was watering, especially at the back. It was cooler yesterday and we had about half inch of rain over night. It is cloudy and cooler today.
I moved the orange trees out to the back patio, potted up and fed the 4 I decided to keep and put 3 out at the front with a sign saying free orange trees. They were gone in short order. The ones on the back patio are looking good and healthy. The tomatoe plants got a bit of frost, but are growing new little leaves, so I think they will be good.
I have managed to get the front rectangle weeded, as well as the strip in front of it weeded also. The crocuses leaves are browning so I will be able to mow that grass soon, too. The little spirea at the front is finished blooming and so is the plum tree. Perhaps in a year or two, I will have Davey Tree guys back to prune the fruit trees. So, I have just one side of that front to weed, now, and I should be finished there for a while. There are always weeds though.
I had 6 new fish for the pond that were on top of the water for a few days. Then I saw 2 older, bigger ones also. One of the new ones died, but the rest survived... so I have at least 7 fish in there, although I haven't seen them for a few days. The fish in the deck tub is growing .. must be 4 - 5 inches long now.
The lilac is in bloom at the back and the tree peony at the front, both of which are fragrant and lovely.