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Our yard slopes up away from front of house ... we just finished
the house at Christmas and are hoping to do landscaping this
spring and summer ...

I want to dig out the bank and wall it with my James Herriot
stones I have been collecting and make a kinda patio with an awning
or arbor so I can sit out there out of the sun... pots and stone flower
boxes with little maintenance because I don't usually feel good very
long outside and no one else is much interested in plants that don't
turn into hay for the cows...

I do have some rose bushes scattered about the perimeter of our "yard"
part of property... right now there is no division between the yard
and hayfield that we are at the edge of... the kids also have four
ornamental pear trees that were about as big around as my thumb
and about 3 feet tall 5 years ago when they got them at an
Earth Day Carnival in town ... now about as big around as a softball
and a good 8 feet and bushed out ...

I also have a pet bald cypress tree ... it was about 5 feet tall and
as big around as a broom handle when I got it for $5 out of the half
dead trees at Walmart...originally $39... I have tote carried water to
it the last three years we have been in drought... it is as thick as my
wrist and about 12 feet tall... it would be happier near the creek but
we have a family of beaver down there would not last long... and I
would hate to have to go kill a beaver for just being a beaver :) ...

the tree is like me ...stubborn... people have told me ever since I set it
out it would not grow here because it is wrong zone ... so I take
extra measures to safe guard it and guarantee it's growth

After brain surgery last July I told my husband that if it died before I
was able to take care of it he would be moving to the couch to sleep...
tree made it through drought that some trees in the wood didn't ... he
carried it a bucket of water in the morning and one when he
came in at night... the couch is not that uncomfortable... :) ...but
he was taking no chances

Sorry for rambling ... I used to love being out in the yard but now
come in itchy and with scaly scalp if out much... still too chilly for
me to go out much in the evenings like I have done last several
years... everyone else was out earlier with T-shirts and I was in a
jacket and freezing
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