|The still-living maple and new shrubs: May 4|
|Laying sod back in June|
Meanwhile, we planted a little corner grove of quaking aspens (complete with a barrier to keep them from filling the yard with suckers), and two nice red oaks to frame our back patio (and block our naked neighbors from view LOL). We do want to give a little shout out to our wonderful grandparents who helped fund the backyard landscaping!
Now, it is Fall and I have given you all the back story, so I'm ready to reveal the results of our hard work:
Apparently that's not incredibly uncommon for a tree to go into shock, but still be alive. I only hope this little leafing stunt doesn't completely do it in for next Spring. I'm really glad we didn't rip it out when it started dropping its leaves. Our neighbor bet us 20 bucks it would survive, and if it makes it next season, looks like we'll have 3 nice maples for the price of 2, minus the 20 bucks we bet on it. :) And incidentally, isn't the sky stunning in the background? I totally didn't notice that until I downloaded the picture and realized how pretty it looked. I love this place.
Maybe some day I'll be as good of a gardener as my mom is... or maybe not (she's incredible). But until then, it's fun to try new things in my yard, where it is finally an investment in our property, not just a chore that we have to do. And here's hoping everything survives!