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Spring Has Sprung

We are enjoying seeing plants burst out of the ground and opening up to show their bright, beautiful colored petals. The tulips, daffodils and paperwhites are starting to bloom in the front of the house. You can click on the images to open the slideshow! [robo-gallery id="876"] The cherry and apple trees are also blossoming. We have four apple trees that are over 40 years old. Three of them still produce apples, but one was hit by lightning before we moved in, and it doesn't produce anymore. It's a great place for birds, though, so we hung...

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Creating A New Cottage Garden

The most unique feature of the front of our house is a beautiful, ornately carved Gingerbread-style porch. When we first moved in, it was obscured by a set of scraggly bushes. The front garden was mostly grass, with a big patch down by the road of overgrown weeds, poison ivy, and pachysandra. There were also a few Japanese maple trees that had been planted in the last 10 years or so. The patch by the road made the view of the house look scruffy. We hated it and wanted to clear it out as soon as...

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