Sunday, January 31, 2016

Pruning the Crape Myrtles here at the Burt Stark House

In the photos below to the left are the before shots of the Crape Myrtle Beds and to the right are the after shots. The ladder is 10 feet tall. Crossed branches were cut, anything that was growing toward the house was clipped as far up as could be reached.

    Before Right Side
 After Right Side    

    Before Left Side
 After Left Side    

Hopefully this pruning will create a pleasing canopy of shady leaves. The aspidistra "Cast Iron Plants" need the shade to keep from them from getting sunburned. The gardenias need the light and air to fill in and bloom successfully. The hydrangeas should also benefit from a little afternoon shade from the hot summer sunshine.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

No Murder Here

 GOPRO image of the front of the Burt Stark House. It is time to trim the crape myrtle trees which were way overgrown and touching the house this past summer. If you look very carefully at the left side of the picture you can see the gardener at work. It was a beautiful and toasty day in late January. Much pruning and cutting was done but no one committed crape murder.
This is a view of the front yard here at the Burt Stark House. I hope to spend a lot of time here this spring and summer. Restoration of the double boxwood borders is first on the list, then I hope to begin work on herbaceous borders lining the inside box hedges. It is a lofty goal that may take years. I look forward to the challenge. Several fund raising events are planned, more on that later.
(Photo credits to my teenager)