After our planting trip, Josh and I stepped it up and pulled some long days to turn up the soil and get the plants in the ground. We laid it all out and spent an entire day planting, mulching and laying the stones. By 6:00 pm it was getting dark and we called it a night. Step one was complete and we had unearthed our house from behind the rhodies. We felt satisfied to go into the holiday season with a fresh look outside.
Also, on a similiar landscaping note we added two 'street trees,' these reside in our planting strip between the sidewalk and the road. We are the only house on the entire block without street trees and while I enjoy the sunlight, it also makes us look a little bare.
In the Spring, Josh and I purchased a dwarf Bing Cherry tree, in the Fall, we added a hybrid Cherry tree, which had four separate cherries species grafted onto one trunk. I am very excited for the day our little saplings are beautiful trees, and of course for all those delicious cherries. My neighbor told me there is a Chinese proverb about trees... "when is the best time to plant a tree? 20 years ago. What is the next best time to plant a tree? Right now."