Looking ahead...

The past year flew in and out faster than any I can recall...

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 ....perhaps it was our impending family vacation to Australia right after Christmas...and the flurry of getting Christmas celebrations in and suitcases out....

or just the plain fact, that life is moving at lightening speed... 

My list of things to do,  is long and ambitious.......yet time has a way of reminding me that it waits for no one...and waiting for the right time just doesn't exist..recently I learned a friend had left for a month in Nicaragua to learn how to become a yoga teacher...alone, on her own, without any gal pal, following a dream or desire she needed to fulfill...

It jump started my own longing for creating a path for inner peace and calm...less stress and feelings of accomplishment, and more of living in the moment..enjoying the journey...

Well, enough wishing about changing overnight....!! I'll work on that.  Returning home from the high 30's temps of Australia, has me shivering and longing for Spring and the return of the green goodness outside my windows...

 

 

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Above, is our front flagstone path, leading from the front entrance, to the back garden last Spring...sigh! At very least, three months from now...

One of my plans for the year ahead is to encourage the English ivy that is the predominant ground cover here in my gardens, to clad the red brick of our Georgian Federal style home...

It is no secret, if you read my past posts, or follow along on Pinterest, that you will see my affinity for vine covered walls, arbours, pergolas, fences...anything really! 

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There is no such thing as too much ivy in my world!

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This photo, from Pinterest, is serving as major inspiration at the moment! 

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Here you can see, prior to the renovation and the installation of new exterior windows and shutters, that the ivy was gaining a good, firm foothold on the brick...but the window dimensions were lengthened and altered...

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My plans for acquiring an English looking manse, covered in romantic ivy were beginning to materialize! 

Alas, when the new windows were installed, down came the ivy! 

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Small, delicate tendrils are being coaxed back up the red brick walls...yes, I strongly dislike, red brick walls! 

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I managed to salvage this expanse of ivy from demolition....

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Here, at the front entrance, it has taken a strong foothold, undisturbed!

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In the above photo of a bed in my garden, you can see how well established and lush the ivy grows here...

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It has even taken to climbing our stately oak trees on the property....

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I guard every new shoot fiercely, coaxing it along crevices in the rockery and paths in the garden.....

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I am growing a delicate porcelain vine up an obelisk near the back entrance, with plans to extend it over a small pergola over the door....more red brick to soften! 

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It has just had two seasons in the garden and is growing well....I love the delicate features of the vine...it is not evergreen, but renews it's growth every Spring...a favourite new vine, one you might consider. It would prefer more sun, but because my garden is a shade, woodland garden, it grows very delicately, wispy and open here.

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Well, I should know about this, first hand!!  My middle name is Patience....you cannot garden, or hope to grow English ivy without it! 

Someday, very soon, I hope to share a full, front view of my red, brick home, covered in English ivy !  N.xo

 

This post is dedicated to Keri, of the lovely blog, Ivy Clad.