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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.

hydrangea

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., Nick@VandekarTeam.com, office 610-225-7400, cell or text 610-203-4543, website www.SellingTheMainLine.com

 

This is an entry into Belinda Spillman's challenge Show us your Summer Blooms and Crops

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

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You have a beautiful garden and I can attest to all the work that is involved 

Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) 11 months ago

Sharon Lee thank you, I can see you do.

Posted by Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 11 months ago

Nick and Trudy.

Trudy, you a very gifted gardener.  I love that you have so many beautiful hostas around.  Thank you for a glimpse at all that blooms in the Vandekar yard.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 11 months ago

Ron and Alexandra Seigel she is very gifted and enjoys it more than anything, it provides her decompression time, her workout and her enjoyment, and it provides me with the chance to enjoy a beautiful retreat.

Posted by Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 11 months ago

It would be fun to walk around and explore your wonderful oasis of a garden in the woods!  I'm surprised to see the elephant ear plants growing there... they look so tropical.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) 11 months ago

Nick and Trudy

Your garden is looking good.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) 11 months ago

It sounds lovely, Nick and like you I enjoy just sitting and admiring my flowers.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) 11 months ago

Hi Nick

I think Trudy, and you, have done a marvelous job on your yard. It takes time and planning but the joys of a beautiful garden are boundless, especially in the spring and summer.

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad (Solutions Real Estate ) 11 months ago

 I love seeing all these beautiful flowers and plants from our different location:) Great pictures! Thanks for sharing! 

Posted by Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Los Angeles CA (Barcode Properties) 11 months ago

Trudy we will have to have you come visit and do some landscape architecture in our yard:) Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) 11 months ago

Great looking garden, Nick and Trudy.  I think you have a green thumb.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 11 months ago

Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089 they are bulbs and we take them each year, store them over the winter and put them back in the spring, they seem to like our humid weather and hot summers. Every year we have new bulbs which we keep sharing with friends and family.

Thank you Lou Ludwig 

Debbie Reynolds we sit there so often and say to each other who needs to be anywhere else.

Jeff Dowler the planning is all Trudy, I only provide themuscle when needed, I have been known to pulkl planys up thinking they are weeds, so even that duty I am not allowed and I promise I did not do it on purpose.

Inna Ivchenko it is fun to see what people grow around the country, all depends on your zone, that much I do know.

Posted by Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 11 months ago

Endre Barath, Jr. I am sure she would be very happy to provide consulting services.

Gabe Sanders thank you.

Posted by Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 11 months ago

Well, I'm impressed since I do no gardening whatsoever! When would Trudy like to come to my house?

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC) 11 months ago

She is going to be in demand, what with Endre and now you wanting help... Nina Hollander 

Posted by Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 11 months ago

Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543 ~ that may be, Nick.... but let's face it, I'm much closer to the grandbabies! 

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC) 11 months ago

We both love gardening and enjoy seeing other people's handiwork. I like what you've done and recognize the careful planning on Trudy's part to ensure a successful, and beautiful, landscape. 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 11 months ago

You have done a wonderful job making this place look great!

Posted by Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living! (Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado) 11 months ago

Nina Hollander that is true

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD she is already moving things in her hed for next year we were just discussing it.

Belinda Spillman thank you it has been fun, hot but fun.

Posted by Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 11 months ago

Oh I love Sunflowers Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543  what a beautiful job you have done and a great entry to Belinda's contest

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) 11 months ago

Wonderful colorful post Nick & Trudy and featured to the group:

EXPRESS WITH PHOTOGRAPHS AT ACTIVERAIN

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Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz, Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale (Realty ONE Group) 11 months ago

Hi Trudy and Nicky -- your garden is definitely a wonderful spot to relax, rest and refresh.  From your photos and description,  I can see love grows there.  

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) 11 months ago

Michael Jacobs that is such a nice compliment, we just found this cantaloupe self seeded from our compost heap. Hopefully it will get enough sun and love to ripen

Cantaloupe self sown

Posted by Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 11 months ago

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