Weekend planting

Several hours of this past weekend were occupied by planting. Also removing, which is often more work and not so pleasurable, but large parts of a variegated hydrangea had reverted to green. This hydrangea often was damaged by freezes, and thus rarely flowered, so chopping it out was a year or two overdue. As with any project, the problem is getting started. Once shovel is in hand, I’m good to go, though the going is not as effortless as forty, or even ten years ago.

Three reblooming Encore azaleas will fill the space where the hydrangea was removed. One azalea would do, but it would look a little lonely for a few years among other mature plants.

The weekend’s planting was pretty simple, with removal of the hydrangea and replacing it with a few large azaleas, and another problem area. A narrow strip of lawn between a wide spreading Japanese maple and a cypress long ago faded mostly to mud, and though this was the convenient path to the small patch of lawn in front, it had become a bit of an eyesore. The few tufts of grass were easily skimmed off, and another azalea and a few tiarellas and sedges (Carex) were added to fill the space. Probably, these will be crowded out eventually as the maple continues to spread, but azaleas, tiarellas, and sedges are easily moved if it comes to that. Now, I’ll be a bit less likely to drag mud into the house after wandering through the garden.

I’ve found that tiarellas perform exceptionally as ground covers in shady spots. While coral bells (Heuchera) are prone to fading in dry conditions, tiarellas do not, and many have striking foliage.

As usual, my wife was not enthusiastic about any of it, except the mud part, if that occurred to her. A waste of money, to her thinking. There’s too much garden already, she says, so she suggests that I remove two for every one I plant. Of course, this won’t work, and as for the immediate projects, I waited too long to be rid of these problems. After a pleasant summer with too little activity I was happy to be digging again.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Ruth says:

    Hi Hi Dave. Love the sweet little lonely azaleas! The picture was so pretty! Thank you for a lovely post as always and hope your wife isn’t too unhappy about the mud! 😀

  2. Bridget Evans says:

    Hi Dave, always a pleasure to read your posts! Is that Tiarella ‘Running Tapestry’? I have seen that at my neighborhood garden center. Thanks and keep digging!

    1. Dave says:

      The tiarella in the photo is a transplant from too long ago to recall the name. I’ve recently planted Oregon Trail and Sylvan Lace, both of which are doing well.

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