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The Holly-n-Ivy

My great-grandmother seemed to be called Aunt Lilly by everyone.  Growing up, I always heard this room referred to as “Aunt Lilly’s room”.  She loved her dogs, and was a talented painter (check back later for a post on her paintings).  Here she is on the driveway side steps of Bayfields sometime in the 1960’s.

 

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Aunt Lilly and her beloved dogs.

I always thought Aunt Lilly’s room was the most wonderful room in the entire house. Later, when we moved into the house, we noticed that the only way to get to Aunt Lilly’s room, one must pass through another bedroom.  For a while, my daughter and her husband lived in this room and used it as a 2 room suite.  One room for the bedroom, and the other as a sitting room with a TV.  My sister’s name is Holly, and when our daughter was born on Christmas day, we named her Ivy.  My favorite Christmas storybook fairy tale was the story of Holly & Ivy, so I thought to keep with the fairytale-room-naming-theme.  I named these rooms “The Holly-n-Ivy”.

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My favorite Christmas fairy tale.

After Ivy and her husband moved, I began renting it out as a 2 room suite that sleeps up 4 people.  Since those sleeping in the queen must pass through the sitting room to come and go, I think it’s best that it be reserved by families or good friends who know each other well enough to share.  The sitting room faces the driveway and has a barnyard/dock view with a 22″ TV. The couch has been replaced with a daybed that can convert into 2 twins or one king bed.

 

The main bedroom has a memoryfoam queen mattress with a slanted ceiling, a wrap-around balcony with a view of the barnyard, dock, creek, river, beach, and Chesapeake Bay.

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Queen bed in the Holly-n-Ivy

To add comfort for our guests, in these 2 rooms we’ve installed 2 ceiling fans, bedside lamps, 4 new vinyl windows (that actually open, ha ha), a fresh coat of paint, refinished floors, and a new doorway leading out onto the balcony.

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Our Forestry Management Plan

The lawn surrounding Bayfields used to be pasture for sheep and cattle  Long before that, there is evidence that Native Americans used to hunt along these same shores. In 1921 the house was built, and later a fence was put up around the house to keep livestock from eating the missus’s flowers.
In order to preserve the property for generations to come, we’re working with the DNR(Department of Natural Resources) in order to follow a forestry management plan. This will enable us to help sustain native wildlife and preserve our shoreline, just by reforesting some of the open lawn here at Bayfields. At the advice and recommendations of a DNR approved professional forester, we’re planting about 150 seedlings using trees native to the area.

Reforestation project plans showing approximate positions of where we'll plant seedlings.

Reforestation project plans showing approximate positions of where we’ll plant seedlings.

Above is a mock up of our reforestation project plans showing approximate positions of where we’ll plant seedlings.

Volunteer tiny little baby oak seedling.

Volunteer tiny little baby oak seedling, with it’s very own flag.

On your left is what often happens when I neglected to mow a patch for a while.  As you can easily see, there’s already evidence of tiny trees trying to sprout.  Last fall, we marked off the areas that we planned to NOT mow.  This spring we’re discovering many clusters of volunteer seedlings popping up all over. It’s like an Easter egg hunt with tiny little prizes all over.  As we discover new ones, we mark them with little green flags.

DNR Seedlings from left to right, Sycamore, Black Locust, White Pine, Flowering Plum

DNR Seedlings from left to right, Sycamore, Black Locust, White Pine, Flowering Plum, and Dogwood from Jug Bay Native Plant Sale.

We ordered some seedlings and saplings from the DNR; 25 sycamore, 25 flowering plum, 50 white pine, and 25 black locust.  The prices were very reasonable, averaging 85 cents per seedling for a minimum order of 25.  The exception were the pine saplings, which were 50 cents a piece with a minimum order of 50.  I ordered late, so the beech, oak, dogwood, and redbuds were all sold out.  They all came together UPS just a few days later. We had to sign an agreement that these trees would be planted in Maryland, not sold for profit, and wouldn’t be chopped down and sold as christmas trees.  The bargain 500 dogwood and redbud seeds that I ordered from Amazon required much too much preparation time to have ready to plant this spring(soak, chill, scrub, scratch, soak, chill, plant), so we picked up 25 dogwood seedlings from a Jug Bay native plant sale this past weekend.  Perhaps we’ll create a little grove of redbud and dogwood next door in Mom’s forest next spring.

two year old volunteer oak and dogwood

These are several two year old volunteer oaks and one dogwood

In the photo to your right,  you can see  a few seedlings that have gotten a 2 year head start where an old stump was difficult to mow around.  There are several oaks and one dogwood.  Our new forest will go from the beach to the flagpole and over beside the porch, but should be spaced far enough apart that we can stroll across the grounds and not get lost.

3 year volunteer oak, already showing promise of shading St. Francis yet not blocking view.

3 year volunteer oak, already showing promise of shading St. Francis yet not blocking view.

This last photo above shows a 3 year old oak seedling that I pruned the lower branches off of last year.  It’s already showing promise of growing up to be a great strong shade tree. For now, it will be the protector of our grandmother’s little St. Francis statue, protector of the animals.

Come stay for a weekend, I’ll hand you a shovel.  You can become part of the tree planting!

Thanks for reading,
-Robin

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