After several rainy weekends and numerous other setbacks, the annual spring mulching of the forest around the ol’ homestead finally got underway properly this weekend, as shown in the preceding picture below. In the foreground you can see the freshly mulch mowed area while the background and left side of the photo shows the forest leaf letter yet to be shredded. For some years I have tried to give at least a spring mulch mowing to the woods as a means of grooming the property. Most people have front yards; I on the other hand have front woods to which I lavish as much time on as other do their grassy lawns. Perhaps it is a deep seeded desire for said lawn that causes my obsession with keeping the forest floor in such condition.
My attention has been pulled to the natural growing rhododendron and hollies in a section of the upper front woods. As I continue to clean around in the area I am playing with the idea of creating an installation here and using the plants as the anchor. This will be more than a weekend project as the two picture below show the need of much clean-up and removal of downed limbs. But I feel it would be not so much a destination installation but more of a viewing feature. The first picture below shows the homestead in the background. And while not an often use spot I am sure it would offer a respite when out wondering about the acreage.