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Re: tree list

Thanks, Chris...

Well, seems to me you have a perfect opportunity for doing something
interesting there.  Why not do the fencing and grow some vines up it?
 Would it get any sun at all?  Or, since your neighbor's house is
rather a blank slate, just put up posts and beams and grow vines on
them and some shrubs beneath.  You could do something that became a
sort of framed picture from your window...a focal point for you to
look at from the kitchen.  Flowering vines and/or a combination of
those that flower with those with neat foliage would give you a
changing view throughout the year as well as providing attractions
for birds who like to nest in vines.

Vines and shrubs would put their flowers up at your eye level more
than smaller perennials and if grown in the ground, wouldn't require
as much attention to watering as something in a planter would.

The palette of vines for no sun is more limited than for some sun or
full sun, but there are still several that ought to grow where you
are....you're like colder end of z7 aren't you?

What's the soil like?  Is it wet or just potentially wet if you get a
flood?  Do you get floods often?

Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
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> From: Chris <chris@widom-assoc.com>
> Marge,
> What a great list!  I have a neighbor's house only twenty feet fro
> kitchen window.  All I see is never used side garage door and grey
> siding.  Our properties are long and narrow, ending at the beach. 
> put very few windows on the kitchen side of the house.  I get some
> morning sun through this window and I have an old choke cherry tree
> some red cedars growing between the houses.  I really would like to
> "dress up" my view!  My house sits somewhat high off the ground due
> flooding regulations, so my window sill is about six feet up from
> ground already.  I was thinking of a tall section of fencing with
> decorative art on it.  I'd rather have a planting box, but it would
be a
> pain to maintain and water.  Maybe it could be on a shelf partway
up the
> fence.  It wouldn't be at eye level, but would be nice.  I'd have
to use
> shade plants.  I don't use impatiens anywhere in my plantings, but
> might be a good spot!  Or begonias... Umm..  They are a bit more
> tolerant.  Winter is a great time for dreaming!
> Chris
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