After five weeks the garden welcomes me home..
I’m just in time for the blueberry harvest.
Away from the garden for this length of time lets me see it objectively with a more discerning eye…. Above, the walk from the compost
Major pruning is required of the figs, but I hate to give up the harvest although one tree is shading out the Styrax obassia (photos to follow)
Meanwhile, the hydrangeas are coming into their own. Above, the entrance of the drive from the house, to the garden,
My garden is healing… peaceful…. as I start to realize … I am loosing my mother….
My posting will be erratic over the next few months so please bear with me.
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Sorry for the lack of posts. I am away with no internet. Promise more when I return.
Hope you are all enjoying the spring.
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I need to get out more often!
The talk by Robert Mallet at the Hydrangea Society has inspired me to make some changes in parts of the garden.
I was particularly interested in his recommendation to plant masses of Hydrangea macrophylla in the shade of the later blooming Hydrangea paniculata.
There is an area in my garden where Oakleaf Hydrangeas (Hydrangea quercifolia) are combined with both ‘Annabelle’ hydrangeas and macrophylla types to nice effect; therefore, I am giving this recommendation much thought.
The Viburnum court has been maintenance nightmare for quite some time. Although I love their foliage, flowers and berries; they have been sprouting everywhere, and they are NOT easy to remove (my criteria for allowing self seeders). Parts of the garden have become a viburnum forest rivaled only by the dreaded Privet.
So, in the interest of making the garden less of a maintenance headache, I am considering the removal of many Viburnums; perhaps adding a few sterile types (above) and more late-blooming hydrangeas. The only caveat being they would require hard pruning every few years. Easier than digging seedlings, no?
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I planned this post about Robert Mallet’s lecture but I got carried away with the early Clematis and the Southern Azaleas (Rhododendron indica) and… and… So here goes…a bit of this and that. (Robert’s inspirational lecture next, promise)
The walkway from the work /compost area.
The drive doesn’t look so bad after all. Blooming plants are a great distraction. When the Azalea (Rhododendron indica G.G. Gerbing) is done, the Oak Leaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia) on the right will start.
The first clematis to bloom for me is the Japanese cultivar ‘Asao’. followed by…
‘H.F. Young’ and…
‘Josephine’. This year she is not as double as most. Lyndy, can you shed some light on this please.
Then there is my favorite rose…
‘Madame Alfred Carrier’.
The garden is glorious and I have not yet mentioned the Styrax obasia, the white Lady Banks rose, the Viburnums (more about them in the next post)…Life is good!
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Why did they…
build a tasteful brick entrance and hide it with shrubs clipped into meatballs ? I have seen this done to beautiful homes as well.
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I’m finally convinced that spring is here! Sufficient rain and warmer weather have created ideal conditions for an explosion of blooms.
Above, Viburnum plicatum & Azalea indica ‘Formosa’
Climbing the wall; Hydrangea anomala petiolaris & Clematis ‘Freckles’ using it for support.
The Phlox divericata encouraged to naturalized between the daffodils.
- Clematis “asao’
I have pruned all the Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’, and almost all the Hydrangea paniculata. I still have to deadhead the Hydrangea macrophylla but I like to attend to those last lest I get too enthusiastic and remove this years flower buds.
- Aesculus pavia
Pruned some of the clematis that require it and took an inventory of the garden.
Some of the news is not good. I have record losses this year. There is no sign of life on several Clematis, and my favorite Quince ‘Apple blossom’ has bit the dust.
Over the last few years I have let some shrubs go and now they require some drastic pruning. Good thing I bought a
good excellent lopper. That is another post, promise.
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