Plans for This Spring  

kitz6 60F
1045 posts
1/18/2006 5:43 am

Last Read:
3/5/2006 9:27 pm

Plans for This Spring

Having a spot of trouble in my garden- after 7 years the rhododendrons finally gave up. Lovely plants but it just was too wet for them last year. It might have been the lightning strike - I told you about that - that helped them out - but it means finding another species of large flowering shrub for shade. I will be planting an oak-leaf hydrangea down by the Japanese cherry tree this spring since its wet down there. It is time to lift and clean the iris but I will not be giving away any this year. I will be collecting empty coffee cans as they work best when bringing along baby iris - the metal ones. It is also time to collect the Rugosa offshoots to bring them along to replace the Hybrid Teas which do not like me. PIcky picky. I have decided to go with Adirondack chairs in yellow to match the deck this year instead of IKEA $10 sling chairs which simply do not last. I will still use the few sling chairs left as supplementary seating for polo though. And here you thought all I was interested in was sex. Ciao babies!


taylorhunting 58M
67 posts
1/18/2006 8:47 am

Well I lost my rhododendrons also but thought it was just me or too much Holytone. Good to know I'm not alone, I went with boxwoods, not as pretty as the rhodo's but harder for me to kill. Lost a dogwood this year also. I was thinking about going with a crepe myrtle, do you know anything about them?


kitz6 60F

1/18/2006 11:04 am

They need full sun but are otherwise easily cared for. Can be trained as either large shrub or as a tree depending upon how they are pruned. It is unfortunate but boxwoods do not bloom so I cannot use any more of them. And you cannot plant azaleas or mountain laurels in place of rhododendrons as they are in the same family. Once root rot's in the soil you have to change your species. I will find soemthing I am sure. Glad to meet a fellow gardener!


taylorhunting 58M
67 posts
1/19/2006 8:53 am

Very good information, thanks, I think I try the myrtle, I love the summer color. It is nice to find someone who actually does their own gardening, most have landscaping companys do it. Ah-well that is the DC metro area.


lowellgk 52F

1/20/2006 4:33 am

My small back yard is entirely shade (thanks to a large stand of 100-year-old oaks) so I am constantly in the hunt for interesting color for my perennial bed and the driveway edging.

I realize I am a zone or two north of you, but I have had great luck with holly. I love the look - particularly now when everything else is so pale. And they do have sweet, small white flowers for a brief period of time. And those bright red berries! I do have a fair number of mountain laurel, but I understand your concern with things in the same family.

I'm thinking of trying a Kerria this year. The yellow is intriguing, though I may be too far north. New England is a challenge!

GK


kitz6 60F

1/20/2006 8:47 am

Yes it is. Down here in zone 7 life is easier. Not familiar with Kerria - I will look it up. Okay it says up to zone 4 which is not bad but seems to have a loose habit to it. But the Kerria japonica pleniflora might be good.


taylorhunting 58M
67 posts
1/20/2006 10:11 am

A number of years ago I put in a few roses and thus began my learning process. I have been fighting the black spot and the blight ever since, but an interesting fact that I learned was that my crab apple trees (gone now) were spreading disease to my roses. I saw that the kerria was also called the easter rose just not sure if it is the rose family..good luck with it.


kitz6 60F

1/20/2006 10:41 pm

No not in the rose family. Now sweety, you have got to get rid of those wimpy hybrid teas of yours and go with Rugosa roses or the new English Roses. You cannot kill Rugosas with a meat axe! Damn things will eat small dogs too if you let them! I love the beasts!


taylorhunting 58M
67 posts
1/21/2006 12:30 pm

LOL ok yes I do have the hybrid teas..but did not know enough when I started with them..but I am learning...and small dogs..wonder what they taste like. Thanks


Become a member to create a blog