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Gardening in Tredyffrin Easttown

When we moved to this house, it was very dark, in the first summer here I took down about 80 trees of varying sizes which covered mainly what is now the back lawn. We could see no form to the garden, no plan. We had no idea of the way the sun tracked. But as we cleared, light entered and we tackled the vines and the scrub which had been allowed to take over.

As I have said many time, Trudy is the gardener and planner. Things get moved constantly if she thinks they will do better elsewhere. She is never finished. I dread if she goes to a garden center as I know she will come home with something that would look good just there darling. She had a plan and it has taken a while but today we can enjoy it although she is still working her plan it is not finished yet.

So these photos are a testament to her planning, and her skill at replanting, and increasing perennials year over year. The dry stacked stone walls you will see are my creation, after we took them down and dug out behind to create a path and a patio. The upper patio was my son's creation, the lower one we created. If you don't realize it we live on a hill on a pie shaped lot with the road wrapping around our house, the lower portion is wooded, we added the she shed two summers ago, building it ourselves without killing each other as we did it. I am occasionally allowed to sit there when invited. Enjoy..

Our upper patio All the stones were on the property, shaded area loved by hostas and helibores, if we can keep the deer away.

Dry stacked stone wall

We dug this out and moved it back about 6 feet to create a path from the top patio as we call it to the lower patio and the lawn. Believe it or not that lawn behind the wall was all trees when we bought the property.

SunflowerLower patioTrudy created this little oasis which we call our Butchart Gardens, it sits between a dry stacked wall and the house and was originally lawn, we created a gravel patio surrounded by brick edging and a host of perennials. It rained last night so everything looked a little washed out today.








The she shed

We have two windows and under each Trudy plants up these window boxes, the light was given to us by a friend and we find an identical one in a yard sale, we electrified them and put a small Staffordshire cat figurine in there, it lights up on a timer each night. Trudy uses candles in the she shed, but that is another post entirely. Back to the upper patio.

Pots and plantersMost years we have a host of pots and planters, this is a fine example, with elephant ears and something below which I forget the name of, I am told it is a caladium. These always amaze everyone, and every year we have more of them spread around the garden.

We have this delightful hydrangea which does flower this time of year to shield us from the driveway when sitting here.We have two climbing hydrangeas one on each patio which for some reason have not flowered the last two years, have to find out why.


Hope you enjoyed our back yard. It is one of the reasons why we don't need to travel anywhere because it feels so lovely and we enjoy just sitting here with a book enjoying nature around us.


So, if you are interested in purchasing or selling a home in Tredyffrin Easttown School District, we can help you with that and with any ideas you may need for landscaping or improving curb appeal because you only have seconds to make that first impression. Contact Nick Vandekar, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, with Long & Foster Real Estate Inc.,, office 610-225-7400, cell or text 610-203-4543, website


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Comment balloon 23 commentsNick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543 • August 15 2017 01:18PM
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