Thoughts on how to create a well-designed garden retreat.

Spring popping up everywhere.


So it’s been a few days since I have posted here.  With warm weather, seems everyone is now thinking spring and interested in working in the garden or calling me to work on designing their garden.  Not complaining at all.  I’ve taken advantage of the warm weather and breaks from work to tend to Jaliya’s garden and the garden near the house.  Winter weeds are always a problem this time of year as they grow like crazy ready to go to seed.  This means hand pulling them before they do so hopefully next years crop is smaller.  I used last fall’s leaves to cover a lot of the area not heavily planted so that has saved a lot of labor.  But areas that are not quite covered with plants still allow weeds to pop up.  Also while cutting back the native ornamental grasses, tree seedlings are exposed.  These must be removed since I am not trying to re-create a forest.  Everything goes into the compost bin except for the wisteria seeds I still find lying on the ground.  These go directly into the trashcan as I do not want even one to sprout.  I spent way too much time removing wisteria to create the garden to let it take back over.  Unfortunately their is still wisteria next door and the seeds somehow still end up in my yard from the wind.

Late winter in Durham can have a lot of bloom if the right plants are planted.  The Camellias are blooming strong as is the daphne and mahonia.  Bulbs are blooming everywhere with daffodils and narcissus being the most common.  Hyacinths are small but noticeable by their sweet fragrance.  Corylopsis, spirea, forsythia are also blooming ahead of their leaves.Crimson Candles CamelliaCorylopsis Golden Spring

 

The Yoshino Cherry is blooming a little early this year.  Macon Ga, where I used to live has a big cherry blossom festival every spring so I had to have one in my yard as a way to remember that city.  They say they have over 300,000 Yoshino Cherries planted along the streets there.  It is quite a sight to see.

Yoshino Cherry

Saturday I took time away from official work to go buy plants for my garden.  The North Carolina Botanical Garden sell native plants daily that they have propagated on location.  It is always tough to walk out of there without buying too many plants.  However, I was able to obtain some new species for the memorial garden.  One of the problems I am finding is trying to find the room for some plants.  This is where the concept of plant layering comes in.  Small plants under medium size plants under even larger plants.  However, since the garden is still only about 4 years old, the separation of plants by size is not easily done while some of the larger plants have a lot of growing to still do.  But as the saying goes, a “garden is never really finished.”

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