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@sichuan • last year • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Well, I just ordered an abundance of flowers, bushes and trees. I'll add them to what I already have growing. I bought an Earthwise electric tiller to get the ground ready around the sides of the house. It's not the best tiller but it will till to a depth of 10 inches, which should be sufficient for new stock. I'm having a few cubic yards of topsoil, compost and peat delivered to work into the soil along with a large pile of leaf compost that is about a year old. I'll have to reduce the soil ph on one side of the house from 7.0 to 5.5 for the Rhododendrons but otherwise the 7.0 ph for the remainder of the property should be OK. Most of the trees will be planted in the front, rear and side yards but a few of the dwarf trees will be placed close to the house. I'm currently removing the lower branches of six huge, very old Oak trees , up to 25 feet above ground level, to allow more sunlight to fall on the property so that I can have a greener lawn and to get rid of all the moss that has invaded. My wife kept telling me "You're 66 years old. You shouldn't be cutting these tree limbs". She became irritated when I started laughing. Never mind the fact that I spent years building, demolishing and maintaining industrial smokestacks to a height of 1400 feet, climbing them, working off interior and exterior scaffolds, rappelling down them and working from Bosun chairs. Anyway, I relented and decided to have a tree service company remove some of the higher branches and thin out the middle and top of the trees. I have two chainsaws and a pole chainsaw but there are so many branches on these old trees that it's really not safe for me to get in there and cut them, even with the safety harnesses and safety lines I use. Age, to some extent, may indeed be a state of mind but if I did fall from high up in a tree once I hit the ground I imagine my bones would be in pieces and I'd look like roadkill. The Oaks are about 100 feet tall. Hopefully, I'll have time to finish the Oak trees and till the soil next to the house before everything is delivered. Once I get all the flowers, bushes and trees planted I'll tear into the rear yard with the tiller, tilling appx. three or four hundred square feet a day and reseeding it with new grass seed. The rear yard is around 15,000 sq. ft. so it will take me awhile. I usually spend most of my time outside in good weather. I don't have a green thumb but I do the best I can. The flowers, bushes and trees I have coming are several Dwarf Josee Reblooming Lilac bushes, several red, white and pink Astilbe, several Green & White, Golden Green and Richland Gold Hostas, several White Feather Hostas, several Freeland Blue, Bella Deep Rose and White Alba Prunella, 15 Dwarf Jumbo Burning bushes, several Polar Night Rhododendrons, several Gladiolus plants, 4 dozen shade loving perennials for under some of the Oak trees, 2 Royal Japanese Cherry trees, a Yoshino Cherry Tree, a Weeping Cherry tree, 2 Magnolia trees, 2 Dwarf Hydrangea trees, 2 Dwarf Korean Lilac trees, a Blue Chinese Wisteria tree, a Japanese Lilac tree, an Aristocrat Flowering Pear tree, 2 Red Flowering Dogwood trees and a Kousa Dogwood tree. All the trees are four to five year stock so they'll be healthy and well started. They'll already be four to five feet tall when I receive them. Perhaps I'll have some nice pictures to show next year.:
"A vegetable garden is next on her list, Buzz. I already have the seeds but in Northeast Ohio I have to wait until late May or early June before planting..."
Sichuan
 
@sichuan • last year
Well, I just ordered an abundance of flowers, bushes and trees. I'll add them to what I already have growing. I bought an Earthwise electric tiller to get the ground ready around the sides of the house. It's not the best tiller but it will till to a depth of 10 inches, which should be sufficient for new stock. I'm having a few cubic yards of topsoil, compost and peat delivered to work into the soil along with a large pile of leaf compost that is about a year old. I'll have to reduce the soil ph on one side of the house from 7.0 to 5.5 for the Rhododendrons but otherwise the 7.0 ph for the remainder of the property should be OK. Most of the trees will be planted in the front, rear and side yards but a few of the dwarf trees will be placed close to the house.

I'm currently removing the lower branches of six huge, very old Oak trees , up to 25 feet above ground level, to allow more sunlight to fall on the property so that I can have a greener lawn and to get rid of all the moss that has invaded. My wife kept telling me "You're 66 years old. You shouldn't be cutting these tree limbs". She became irritated when I started laughing. Never mind the fact that I spent years building, demolishing and maintaining industrial smokestacks to a height of 1400 feet, climbing them, working off interior and exterior scaffolds, rappelling down them and working from Bosun chairs. Anyway, I relented and decided to have a tree service company remove some of the higher branches and thin out the middle and top of the trees. I have two chainsaws and a pole chainsaw but there are so many branches on these old trees that it's really not safe for me to get in there and cut them, even with the safety harnesses and safety lines I use. Age, to some extent, may indeed be a state of mind but if I did fall from high up in a tree once I hit the ground I imagine my bones would be in pieces and I'd look like roadkill. The Oaks are about 100 feet tall. Hopefully, I'll have time to finish the Oak trees and till the soil next to the house before everything is delivered. Once I get all the flowers, bushes and trees planted I'll tear into the rear yard with the tiller, tilling appx. three or four hundred square feet a day and reseeding it with new grass seed. The rear yard is around 15,000 sq. ft. so it will take me awhile. I usually spend most of my time outside in good weather. I don't have a green thumb but I do the best I can.

The flowers, bushes and trees I have coming are several Dwarf Josee Reblooming Lilac bushes, several red, white and pink Astilbe, several Green & White, Golden Green and Richland Gold Hostas, several White Feather Hostas, several Freeland Blue, Bella Deep Rose and White Alba Prunella, 15 Dwarf Jumbo Burning bushes, several Polar Night Rhododendrons, several Gladiolus plants, 4 dozen shade loving perennials for under some of the Oak trees, 2 Royal Japanese Cherry trees, a Yoshino Cherry Tree, a Weeping Cherry tree, 2 Magnolia trees, 2 Dwarf Hydrangea trees, 2 Dwarf Korean Lilac trees, a Blue Chinese Wisteria tree, a Japanese Lilac tree, an Aristocrat Flowering Pear tree, 2 Red Flowering Dogwood trees and a Kousa Dogwood tree. All the trees are four to five year stock so they'll be healthy and well started. They'll already be four to five feet tall when I receive them.

Perhaps I'll have some nice pictures to show next year.
Sichuan
 
@sichuan • last year • Shared By 1 follower(s)comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on @sichuan:
"Actually, Buzz, during all the times I've been in Chongqing, usually for six to eight weeks at a time, it very seldom rained, although it can be quite humid..."
Sichuan
 
@sichuan • last year • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on @sichuan:
"Really? I was here before under a different name but became disgusted with all the hateful, racist, bigoted and intolerant political/religious comments from..."
Sichuan
 
@sichuan • last year • comments: 0
Signed @buzz-of-the-orient's Guestbook:
"I finally found your guestbook. I look forward to meeting you and your wife in either Chengdu or Chongqing. C. B. Charles Mullen"
Sichuan
 
@sichuan • last year • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on China:
"I'm not sure, Buzz. This is the same ancient city I was in when I took the photo of my wife's friend kneeling in the Buddhist temple."
Sichuan
 
@sichuan • last year • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on China:
"Yes, that's me, the big nose devil. We're standing in front of a museum that has many ancient artifacts from China."
Sichuan
 
@sichuan • last year • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on China:
"Actually, this temple is located, I believe, two hours from Chongqing by car. It's a very old city, hundreds of years old. I forget the name of it. My..."
Sichuan
 
@sichuan • last year • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on China:
"No, but I intend to look at them. Thanks, Buzz."
Sichuan
 
@sichuan • last year • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on China:
"It's me, Buzz. C.B. Yes, quite often."

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Perrie Halpern R.A.
link 02/20/16 12:17:57AM @perrie-halpern:

Welcome and nice gallery!

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Sichuan
link 02/20/16 03:00:58AM @sichuan:

Thanks, Perrie. I appreciate it. I'm having a problem with the photos. I don't see a way to group photos into an album as I did before. Are you using different software?

I left abruptly some time ago due to all the extremist left-wing/right-wing political/religious crap that was being tossed around but I've decided to return and simply stay out of all that. I apologize for my abrupt departure and failure to return your call.

 
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Sichuan
link 02/21/16 01:39:20AM @sichuan:

Never mind, Perrie. I figured it out.

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Neetu2
link 02/18/16 12:52:45PM @neetu2:

Thanks for following me, sichuan - have to be a little wary, though, I tend to lose my direction sometimes. :)

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Neetu2
link 02/17/16 01:09:36PM @neetu2:

Hello Sichuan! Nice name. :) Welcome.

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Sichuan
link 02/19/16 01:55:14AM @sichuan:

It's my wife's place of birth. She is from Chongqing, in Sichuan Province, China.

 

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Buzz of the Orient
link 04/02/16 08:23:29PM @buzz-of-the-orient:

Well, Sichuan, Chongqing USED to be in Sichuan Province, now it's a city state independent of Sichuan Province. The population of Chongqing is almost as much as the population of all of Canada. Although I know I will eventually live and end my life there (unless I win the lottery) I really don't like the rainy misty atmosphere. I once spent a month there and it rained 28 days.

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Sichuan
link 04/02/16 08:40:56PM @sichuan:

Actually, Buzz, during all the times I've been in Chongqing, usually for six to eight weeks at a time, it very seldom rained, although it can be quite humid during the summer months.

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Sichuan
link 04/02/16 08:40:40PM @sichuan:

Actually, Buzz, during all the times I've been in Chongqing, usually for six to eight weeks at a time, it very seldom rained, although it can be quite humid during the summer months.

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Sichuan
link 02/19/16 01:52:02AM @sichuan:

Thank you, Neetu. It's good to be back.

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