We do not prune our boxwood into meatball shapes or chopped hedges. The natural shape is beautiful and involves very little pruning. The dwarf maple in foreground does require moderate pruning because it was planted so close to the house…otherwise, its shape is natural.
This little tractor (Grasshopper) has paid for itself many times over in the last 16 years, both summer and winter.
The snow berms get so high that we have to clear them off manually with shovel so there will be more room to blow the snow.
After shoveling the roof, huge berms of snow are chiseled through for pathways.
I had to build this structure from 2×6 and plywood to protect the kitchen garden window as the snow was shoveled from the roof.
The weeping elm in the foreground seems to do fine in these harsh winters, though is susceptible to disease in summer months.
The hard working crew of four took about 24 man-hours to clear off the roofs of the main house and the shop/guesthouse. Thank you Phoenix Construction!
The incredible amount of work required by this winter is matched equally by the beauty. We received over 60″ of snow in December, the highest total for any month, ever in recorded history. January may set another record, with over a foot already.
There is a pond here…I had to divert the pump directly back into the pond to keep a hole in the ice…very early cold weather this year…and then the record snowfall.
View from second story guesthouse…the planting boxes have since disappeared completely.