Grape Arbor Bed and Breakfast

Updated Landscaping–It’s Like a Christmas Tree Farm!

A few months ago, I noticed a constant sound of chainsaws buzzing.  I looked around, and couldn’t figure out where it was coming from.   And then I saw.  Where there HAD been almost fifteen tall evergreen trees that shaded the back corner of our parking lot now had one mulberry tree.  Oh my!  When I asked my neighbor why the beautiful old trees had to come down, I was told…squirrels…squirrels in the apartments they shaded on the other side.  I was desolate.  Those trees had given me decorations for Christmas, had provided shade for my mushroom logs…and the cats used them as personal hunting grounds.

Everyday I would drive in and look at the bare space.  My storage shed, which stands at the corner of the parking lot looked unhappy AND it was clear the squirrels had loved it too.

My friends and I talked…should I put up a fence?  More trees?  Landscaping?   Like a little pebble in the bottom of your shoe, every time I looked at it, it bothered me.  I saw the stacks of wood in the back of their yard, and it bothered me.

So I called my good friend and landscaper, Brett Maloney ( and we talked about options…and budget.  And I opted for the removal of the shed, installation of a dozen mature (like 10 feet tall!) hemlocks, and some new lighting for the parking lot.  

As usual, it ends up being more complicated than you want.  You start digging on a property that has been here for a long time, and you don’t know what you are going to find. (Nothing fun, just an old foundation!)  And let’s try and find out how the old lighting was wired (and not dig it up).  And let’s try and get the photoeye on the lights to work.

But it’s done now, and I love it!  The hemlocks are delicate and move in the breeze (and will look wonderful with twinkle lights on them, should I decide to).  The next step…stare at the area in front of the trees for a while…and decide what I might want to plant there.  My first thought…an ornamental grass garden.  I’m not sure.  I’m going to live with it for a while…see what happens with plows during the winter…and then decide..That’s the fun part, don’t you think?

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