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Old 09-27-2018, 03:46 PM
Location: The Mitten
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I moved into a house earlier this year, around early February. I was told the place was vacant for at least 12 years, and the grounds does display that. Except the grass, the next door neighbor cut the grass for the entire time the house was vacant.

I've been working outside to fix the landscaping weekly. The fences are bent and broken in couple places; crazy overgrowth pretty much everywhere with grape vines all around the fences (next year's job); and the landscaping beds needed to be reset entirely: crazy amounts of lilies EVERYWHERE. Things have grew, then died, moved, then died and the grew, died, moved, etc. While I worked, I dug up a lot of thick roots. I thought from the neighboring tree, but they went to the closest lily or plant growing in the vicinity.

I was cleaning out the bed on the other side of my house and noticed at least two different plants growing on top of each other. I finally pulled out one plant and found out it is a very pretty, pink and white hibiscus bush/plant. The plant it was sharing a space with was another flowering plant, which I can't remember what it is, but they did grow huge bright red flowers. I'm super stoked at this find because, it's a pretty healthy bush. I did move it, but I'm afraid because it's early fall here in Michigan and it might die. I do have hope, though, as the flowers are supposed to bloom during the fall here.

With this house, it has a garage - which I had a lot of garbage, but some items I can keep and use. In the back, there was a decrepit old pull barn with some more garbage. In it was a few things: an old hand-pump well and an aluminum shelf. The pump looks like an old water hand pump, in a wooden bucket. The original owners used it as a fountain, but I took the pump mechanism out, added dirt and put in...another flowering plant, and it sits in the middle of my yard. (I'll have to add a picture). The shelf is in my garage for tools.

Otherwise, and besides many different weeds and overgrowth, there are many hostas that popped up all over (overgrown), a few green and red bushes; I planted Easter lilies and they're are blooming again AND dropping new lily buds, growing new plants; and there are a few plants growing that have flowered, died and are growing again. I can't recognize most of these flowers, but I will. I also planted a very tiny Lavender plant that has been...surviving, I think.

Anyways, these are my amazing finds in the yard. I super stoked to see the work I have done next year and can't wait to work on it more.

I have one question: I have two hanging pots of mums, can I replant those and will they bloom next year?
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Old 09-27-2018, 07:18 PM
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Yes, the mums should live and bloom. Your yard sounds like an adventure. Good luck!

Oh yeah, is a "pull barn" like a pole barn?
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Old 09-29-2018, 06:59 PM
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I moved into a house with a yard like that. The side of the house bed was nothing but weeds, lilies, and daffodils, but the weeds were enormous. I dug for days, down on my knees, and pulled up miles of big thick roots and what I found, buried but alive, were half a dozen rosebushes! I moved one from the front and it died, then I added two new ones I bought and now I have 7 rosebushes that all bloomed this summer, and re-bloomed. I have every color but white, which I'll get next year and I can't believe I have a rose garden.
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Old 10-06-2018, 06:21 AM
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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Your yard is my idea of a good time! It’s like finding hidden treasure. It sounds like you have several years worth of designing and molding the yard to the way you like it.

What’s nice is, you are saving plants that someone carefully planted.

We could use some pictures.
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