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 Yard Before & After - *UPDATE @ TOP*

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'K, this has been an intensive project.

Re-doing a yard is very different than an inside reno. Its labourous, slow going, just as costly and the "before & after" effects take much longer to achieve "done". The old addage "the first year they sleep; second year they creep; third year they leap" is pretty much true. A "mature" garden takes more than one season.

Removing grass, building beds, adding structures, stonework, planting surely can be back breaking but NOTHING compares to removing all those FU(KING rocks that were in that back bed!!!! It took me two summers and I can still shove a spade in my newly amended soil to plant something and hit a bolder.

Much of this "growth" you see is carefully selected annuals planted amongst my perennials (daylily theme - and thats a whole other post) to fill in. Lets keep in mind this is only the beginning of July so some of them by the time September comes around can attain a height of 10 - 15 feet whistleold Needless to say I will be planning differently next summer. I have so much stuff to move that I bought one small venetian blind to cut into "plant labels" so I can mark everything.

As per my usual, I love to yap. Thread is not about Moosehead's favourite plants but I will say I have some truly OUTSTANDING performers that I've never planted before that I will never be without again. Three most important are of course the huge heart shaped leaves that are elephant ears; the other huge plants which are castor beans (will reach 10 - 15') and are absolutely LETHAL (1st or 2nd most natural "poison" known to man, more on that another time) and those bright fuschia looking leaves. They're some cultivar (can't remember name) of amaranthus that they call "summer poinsettia. Like a pointsettia the tops of the leaves change colour; they're purple leaf but as it matures turns fuschia.

OMG - this is an absolute beacon. When the sun catches it just right its like a fuschia lightbulb in your garden. It literally glows!

OK, so all I have for before are when we bought the house and it was early spring....this is total picture overload and I'm not sure how much sense it will make because all the angles are a bit different.

Before



That brown covered thingey - we were lazy that winter and left the top on. Snow, rain, thaw, snow, rain, thaw and it finally collapsed - it was a twisted mangled mess. My husband built this - to the left is BBQ area which we will have counter, cupboards shelves stained in the same wood.

After







Hard to describe but....



In behind this is the very start of a new garden. Completely immature and obviously I just decided to stop staining the fence. For no apparent reason?



Before - this whole back bed was a pile of bolders. Three of those large shrubs had to be dug out and there was the odd perennial or two in there. Who the hell gardens in a pile of boulders??? angry







Another Before



After



Other side of yard - what were working on now - can't WAIT for this to be done. That pile of rocks/gravel under the long window all have to be dug out, some kind of drainboard put in, filled with soil and I have a daylily order list thats going to cost me the same as a used car.



Afters, not complete and opposite angle. This will be another patio area, two loungers, an umbrella and of course more (daylily) beds.



So now, just random shots and more blabbering explanations about mistakes I've made and hope to correct.



Those little shrubby Cousin It looking things - love, love, love these! Will use again, they're an annual, not fully grown called Kochia or "annual burning bush". By fall it should look like this.



So, had no idea how it would all turn out but in behind those improperly placed Cousin It's, is all kinds of good stuff that can't be seen. And I still haven't figured out where I want to put my Budha head.







Have to comment on those castor beans - there are two on the right side. I bought those potted for $3 each. But the one(s) to the left were straight from seed in the ground - they're the same size. No need to buy potted. And those fuschia things I was talking about - wrong time of day so they're not as bright as I was describing.



New little project. They're various hens and chicks, I made two of them in strawberry pots and I absolutely LOVE these. If they grow/overwinter well, they'll start to grow on top of each other and the whole pot will be covered.





All right, thats enough for now. This garden should look completely different in 3 years.

I think this is the longest post I've ever made. wow

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I cannot believe what has happened to my yard. I believe this is one month + 1 day since the last pictures.

I REALLY like a lot of the stuff I put in and will plant again next year. Of course the perennials are staying but the annuals will be MUCH MORE strategically placed.













And this is STILLL not finished. It should have been done by June whistleold

Big changes with plants next year I hope.



NOTE: those cobalt blue planters with the purple foliage are alright IRL but they're awful in pictures. I think they have to go.






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 7 Jul 2010 10:12 AM
 22 Sep 2004
 In the Land of Misfit Toys
evil.mena
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Gorgeous!! I am not a green thumb in the least but every home I've lived in with my parents we've always had people randomly stop walking on the street, or heck even driving their cars and come out to admire my mother's gardens...she'd even cut some plants/flowers to give these strangers! So I appreciate the art form.

Next question...when are you having us over for a pool party to enjoy this masterpiece? You may live in my hood if I remember correctly.

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 7 Jul 2010 10:23 AM
 22 Sep 2008
 Alberta
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Wow!! It looks amazing! Great work!!

Is the plant in the pot right next to the pool (2nd & 3rd pic) the summer poinsettia? Is that the common name?

Sooooooooooo... I'm just going to grab my towel and be right over, k?

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 7 Jul 2010 10:41 AM
 28 Dec 2005
 Winnipeg
Nuevodia
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That looks great! Your hard work definitely paid off. Enjoy it!

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 7 Jul 2010 10:54 AM
 9 Mar 2006
 ottawa
kokopolo
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Love love love!!!

I love the Cousin It bush!!

Do you contract yourself out?? because my garden can sure use some of this.

Cute little dog too!

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 7 Jul 2010 11:07 AM
 24 Apr 2007
 Smalltown, AB
Irene_Neil
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Holy WOW! that's all I can say!

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 7 Jul 2010 11:13 AM
 29 Sep 2007
 Alberta
Melonia
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You're yard is what I dream of for mine! It's amazing!
So excited to get started on our landscaping next year...these are going to be my inspiration photos...if those plants will grow here!
Incredible job!!

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 7 Jul 2010 11:19 AM
 21 Oct 2005
brecksgirl
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I love it! You need to start some sort of house blog or something MH - you have major talent!

I love the combination of colours - so tropical looking! Can I come and lounge by the pool?

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 7 Jul 2010 11:19 AM
 10 Mar 2009
FebruaryBride
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Ummm, WOW, everything looks amazing! It sure looks like all of your hard work was worth it!

I love the summer poinsetta and the strawberry pots!

Now I know who to go to when I've got gardening questions wink

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 7 Jul 2010 11:19 AM
 9 May 2009
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Love your back yard and your neat bushes.

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 7 Jul 2010 11:28 AM
 25 Apr 2007
BridenStride
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It all looked great til you posted that fence pic....get on that will ya?

I'm kinda suprised it's not stained "white".
geek

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 7 Jul 2010 11:39 AM
 13 Jul 2006
 GVA, wishing it was GTA
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Wow! That looks fantastic. Like magazine fantastic (though your stuff always does). I cannot imagine the elbow grease that went into it all.

and

Originally Posted By: BridenStride
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 7 Jul 2010 12:02 PM
 21 Mar 2006
 Nova Scotia
Chixor
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Can I come live with you?

p.s. is that your DH playing where's waldo? He's a hottie!

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 7 Jul 2010 12:20 PM
 6 Jan 2010
Lorax
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Wow, you have a stunning yard. Your hard work has definitely paid off.

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 7 Jul 2010 12:30 PM
 12 Sep 2006
 Toronto
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Gorgeous work MH & DH!! So when's the pool party??? I have my towel ready.

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 7 Jul 2010 12:30 PM
 27 Jan 2006
 Calgary, AB
August26Bride
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So jealous! That is a beautiful backyard. I totally agree that is takes so much work to make landscaping look good.

LOVE the pool!!

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 7 Jul 2010 1:02 PM
 2 Nov 2009
 Fort McMurray Ab
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WOW!!! stunning.. your yard looks like it should be in a magazine!!!

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 7 Jul 2010 1:13 PM
 11 Jan 2005
 Vancouver
brideoneday
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Spectacular! I totally thought those pictures were from a magazine. Make sure to show us more pictures as it matures. I would need a full time gardener to maintain that landscaping. You certainly have a gift.

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 7 Jul 2010 1:57 PM
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HOLY FRICK! Can you come and do my landscaping please!
I love love love hens and chicks!

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 7 Jul 2010 2:07 PM
 22 Sep 2004
 In the Land of Misfit Toys
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Chixor, where did you see Mr. Moose??

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 7 Jul 2010 2:08 PM
 21 Jan 2005
 Edmonton
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WOW I love it! It also really, really makes me want a pool!

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 7 Jul 2010 3:30 PM
 22 Sep 2004
 In the Land of Misfit Toys
evil.mena
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Oh, I see now, and I concur!

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 7 Jul 2010 4:51 PM
 22 Feb 2010
keylime
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Everything looks so lush! Great job!

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 7 Jul 2010 5:03 PM
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I'm moving in (or out - as the case may be).

Oh, where are your elephant ears? Are they in there somewhere?

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 7 Jul 2010 5:08 PM
 28 Jul 2008
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Looks amazing!

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 7 Jul 2010 8:26 PM
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WOW MH - your backyard is soooo flipping awesome! I knew you must be good cause your indoor hom is beautiful and you often give gardening advice but wow! I am sure it is even better in real life too!

[quote=MooseHead]Removing grass, building beds, adding structures, stonework, planting surely can be back breaking but NOTHING compares to removing all those FU(KING rocks that were in that back bed!!!! It took me two summers and I can still shove a spade in my newly amended soil to plant something and hit a bolder. [quote]

Were these bolders, or the little rocks??? We have been trying to get rid of the little ricks out of all our beds for 2 years. We are at a loss...is there any other way but the obvious of renting a dumpster and just digging every garden bed right out and down 3 feet??

Please.....please no more rock people!!!

I love those burning bush cousin its - about how much are they? Is it to late for me to plant them this year?

Again, I can only imagine what your garden will look like in a few years, great job!

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 7 Jul 2010 8:46 PM
 6 Mar 2006
 Saint John, NB
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Love it. Something to see in every corner. You eye travels very well over the whole space. Well done.

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 7 Jul 2010 10:25 PM
 4 Feb 2007
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OMG! Beautiful!! Your hard work has certainly paid off, it looks amazing!!

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 7 Jul 2010 10:44 PM
 30 Mar 2008
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GORGEOUS!

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 7 Jul 2010 11:14 PM
 28 Jun 2008
pink_confetti
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AMAZING!!! I have been waiting for pics of your gardens! You did a fantastic job and I LOVE the kochia! I want some for next year. Can you get them at any garden centre?

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 8 Jul 2010 1:37 PM
 25 Nov 2005
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Gorgeous!!! We completely re-did our garden beds as well this summer...will have to post as well!

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 8 Jul 2010 4:19 PM
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Looks amazing!!

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 9 Jul 2010 10:33 AM
 10 Jan 2007
 Cambridge, ON
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Wow, Beautiful job! It looks like a resort!

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 9 Jul 2010 10:39 AM
 11 Apr 2005
 Ottawa, ON
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It looks amazing! Great job!

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 9 Jul 2010 1:18 PM
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Beautiful MH, I love it. Keep us updated!

BTW: my DH and I love the pergola/gazebo area you guys did in particular. Any more photos on that?

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 9 Jul 2010 10:41 PM
 3 Jan 2006
 Whitby
diva.jen
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Looks fab - totally like a resort!

And yes, I can more than sympathize with you on the whole pulling everything out craptastic phase of all this. We're right in the thick of it (the bin arrives tomorrow morning) and we've hired some great kids to do the work (thankfully) and it still sucks huge!

I can't wait for it all to be done! Sadly we're just putting in a patio and gardens...it ain't no pool. Nice job!

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 10 Jul 2010 11:04 AM
 2 Dec 2007
 Mississauga, On
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AMAZING!!!!

BTW_ where's the polar bear?

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 10 Jul 2010 12:38 PM
 21 Nov 2006
 Sherwood Park, AB
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GORGEOUS!!!!

Wow! What a lot of work you guys have done! I always loving seeing the pictures in your posts in this section!

We had lime stone rocks in every garden bed around our house when we bought the place and we hated it. Know how we got rid of it? We posted it on Kijiji as "free landscaping rock" and posted a picture of it and told people they could have it for free if they came and removed it from the beds. I can NOT believe how many calls we got. We could have actually charged people for it! We literally had people out there filling up large salad bowls and emptying them into the back of their minivan to take home. Literally every rock was gone from every single one of our beds. The people were even very respectful of the plants that were in there when they reached gently under them to extract the rocks from there too! We started removing them ourselves but couldn't imagine continuing the back-breaking work of removing all of it.

Might be a good option for that side of the house area if you don't mind people coming to your yard to get them!

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 11 Jul 2010 8:24 PM
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Abso freakin lutely awesome job! I am in awe of your seamingly never ending domestic talents.

I haven't read through the replies, but did you use a lanscaper, or was it DIY?

You have pulled off what I try ( on an almost daily basis) to picture doing in our backyard.

Kudos!

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 11 Jul 2010 9:53 PM
 12 Jan 2010
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Thanks MH for your feedback! (I did not quote because both our posts were very long.) Agian, your backyard is amazing!

DH and I did a bunch more work on our garden and I would love to share a funny story displaying our "newby gardener status'"

DH and I are at a nursery and after wondering off I found DH in a an isle where I spot the most amazing foilage/big leave plant I think I have ever seen. I point it out DH in awe and he says say "I know that is why I came down this isle to begin with" We start looking for a lable and all we can find is a price of $15.99. The leaves are huge with almost a soft zebra print of bergundy and green. I say..."Hmmm, there is moss on the soil". DH, "I would think that that would be good for our backyard then." (Very shady, with a gigantic tree that we now lovingly and painfully refer to as "Home Tree" from Avatar.) So we get home and plant it and love it, so DH decides to make another trip to the nursery for a whack more stuff including one more mystery plant to "even" things out. So after he cashed out, he asked the cashier - "What is this anyway?" --- She looks at him weirdly and says "That is a banana tree." My DH..."really...I guess that would make this an indoor plant then". Cashier laughs...."UM yes."

ETA: I just lloked up Banana Tree for care instructions....and it is not a banana tree we have...but I still have no idea what it is. However given the fact that they were both in "nice" plastic pots still has me believe it is an outdoor plant and we are really not the bright.

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 12 Jul 2010 6:12 PM
 24 Sep 2008
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This is amazing!

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 12 Jul 2010 6:47 PM
 17 May 2009
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Holy Moly, it's beautiful! Great job!

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 14 Jul 2010 3:46 PM
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What a gorgeous garden!! You have outdone yourself! I wouldn't have a clue where to begin with what you had to work with. It looks awesome!

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 8 Aug 2010 3:43 PM
 8 Aug 2008
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One month later wow - update at top.

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 8 Aug 2010 5:21 PM
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Amazing! I can't stop looking at the photos!

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 8 Aug 2010 6:06 PM
 2 Feb 2006
 Alberta
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THAT'S IT!
I'm buying you a plane ticket to Alberta...please come work your magic on my new backyard...(& I use the term "backyard' liberally b/c it's only a pile of dirt and weeds at the moment....I'll be lucky if I get the final grade, grass and a fence in before the snow flies).
I'm really envious of your amazing work!

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 8 Aug 2010 6:14 PM
 1 Sep 2008
Urban
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Holy moly!! you've got talent girl smile

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 9 Aug 2010 1:34 PM
 21 May 2008
 Oakville
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Fanfreakingtastic Moose! Lemme know if you need a housesitter when you go away. I don't mind vaccuming the pool.

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 9 Aug 2010 4:21 PM
 21 Mar 2007
lauren_b
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hello - will you please come landscape my place?

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 9 Aug 2010 5:28 PM
 8 Aug 2008
MooseHead
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Really? People would pay me? I've never been to Alberta either.

Honeydo - I'd like to go to Banff/Lake Louise as I think we'd use that as our inspiration for your yard.

Kato - I am going away soon. But I need my house vacuumed. That okay? I've got some really water needy plants too along with a cat to be fed and watered. Don't worry about the litter box - he broke himself out of that litter box habit awhile ago.

No need to bring a towel - its been a FREAKING LAUNDROMAT here lately; just washed 9 towels and only 1 and a half person(s) was in the pool this weekend.

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