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P M

Click into that Schultz Miller design photo (the three potted trees). Their “Harbor House” is making me green with envy. Absolutely perfect in every way. I want the bathroom with the Japanese-style tub with a view of the water. Ahhh.

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P M

@ljfq, it’s not necessarily true that people don’t understand how the earth tilts in relation to the sun, or the path of our orbit. Seasonal changes in sun exposure can sometimes be more subtle than one might anticipate. I am a seasoned gardener and even I got caught by the tricky, old sun. I planted out a mature, dwarf Japanese maple that had been nurtured and shaped in pots for many years. It thrived in its new spot until one summer I was devastated to see several branches died, here and there throughout the tree. So I contacted a grower who specializes in Japanese maples. She told me that it was water stress, not disease, and that Japanese maples will sacrifice their oldest branches for the greater good (!). What was happening is that because we had cut down another tree, a shaft of sun was hitting the roots of my maple at mid-day, in high summer. I hadn’t even noticed.

I think it’s best to wait at least full year before embarking on a landscape project. That is not only to observe changes in sun exposure, but also drainage, wind exposure, reflective heat off buildings, any nosy (or noisy) neighbors that overlook your space, barking dogs that need to be walled off, etc. In that time you can figure out how you are most likely to move around in the space.

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woogies3

@Mary, I just checked out "Big Dreams, Small Gardens," and I love it! what a great show! Thanks for the information - I'm hooked!

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