Wednesday, March 29, 2017

No Bark Mulch


 The annual spring repost from the knowing Maine antiquarian:
No ‘Bark Mulch’
At old New England homes.
“Weeding” is done
At old New England homes.
If ‘anything’ is done
At old New England homes.... 
-  The Chimney Cupboard

Also see Chimney Cupboard's "Old Dark Blue" collection <http://thechimneycupboard.blogspot.com/2017/01/why-is-old-dark-blue-old-dark-blue-in_12.html>








10 comments:

  1. Looks to me like buckets and buckets of white paint are done at old New England homes!

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  2. Another advantage of no foundation plantings & shrubbery .... no places for burglars/home invaders to hide. Apologies for sounding like a catastrophizer, but we live in parlous times.

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  3. Love the simplicity. Thanks for the house photos. One of my favorite things about New England.

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  4. Old Yankees weren't much into vain display, particularly when it would take labor and money away from more useful and necessary endeavors. To me, that spare uncluttered look bespeaks an authenticity which no $40,000.00 per year "landscape architecture" can ever match. It is "just so," as opposed to "as if!" ;-)

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  5. These photos are great. But the reality is that a lot of people use bark mulch, myself included. I love to garden and have many beds which provide me with the most wonderful flowers. Given that I work full time and travel, I can't always weed. We also do not employ a gardener. My answer is bark mulch or leaf mulch that we make from the woodland trees that shed their millions of leaves into our yard every year. Although I use the dreaded bark mulch, I stick to brown and am proud to say that at least red mulch has never graced my beds.

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  6. Mud Season Meals - Number Three - "Bassa Peta"
    !THANK YOU! for the link/blog, I had forgotten...

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  7. I wish more people would follow suite - the smell of mulch is choking in the spring!

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  8. I love the clean lines of grass right up to the house with perhaps a bush or two. AnonymousMarch 29, 2017 at 9:58 PM, I don't think anyone wants you to feel bad for your use of mulch and I'm sure your flower beds are beautiful and give you much pleasure (I'm jealous!). I do think the standard has somehow become large swooping beds consisting almost totally of black bark mulch with ferociously deep edging that contain few or any actual plantings or trees. And the trees tend to be surrounded by mulch "volcanoes". The older, spare, restrained northern New England style shown in the photos is so restful and easy on the eye by comparison.

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  9. Thank you for this post! It led to-
    "Liar, Iiar; pants on fire"
    "they are not blankies; they do not keep plants warm or comfort them"

    http://www.gardensalive.com/product/ten-commandments-of-mulch/you_bet_your_garden

    Thank you again, my morning is changed for the best!

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