Monday, September 15, 2014

Finally...


It seems like it took forever but the changes in this part of the gardens are now complete after a year and a half of dealing with the area. Below is a picture taken prior to starting the project....


The large trees were Siberian elms and very messy and seeded about terribly so the first job was to get rid of them about a year ago this last spring... next was the task of moving out a dozen azaleas and any of the perennials that we wanted to salvage...


The next problem was getting sod as we had an extremely wet spring... it was July before it could be dug but has taken nicely...


During the interim, I added a number of new conifers behind the split rail fence including Piceas ormorika and orientalis as well as Abies koreana. Other plants in this area include Korean maple (Acer pseudosieboldiana), Quercus robur, as well as two cultivars of Quercus dentatum (Emperor oaks), Chamaecyparis, Picea abies 'Pendula', Microbiota, Thujopsis, Pinus strobus 'Pendula', Magnolia tripetala, and other magnolias.


This past weekend Sarah and I moved in hemerocallis, and a number of peonies to the mulched areas as well as orienpet lilies.


For the first time in a very long time, I feel like this area is finally under control which feels very good since this was one of two areas that were the last to get our attention in the past... I may actually live long enough to get on top of these two acres... I like that!


Elsewhere in the gardens... another rainy day but some decent color for this late in the season... hard to believe it's mid-September already... pictured below are Elephant ears and mums in the east gardens.... I love the texture the elephant ears plants offer but they'll freeze back soon enough and will be missed until next year....


The light is changing with the approach of autumn... here is the gazebo walk just prior to sunset...


Compact Electric Orange Sunpatiens next to Acer palmatum 'Trompenburg'... this maple gets big eventually (20' by 20' or more), so I successfully moved my Pinus contorta 'Taylor's Sunburst' to a different spot in the gardens on Saturday. I will miss the combination of Trompenburg's red foliage and the golden yellow new growth of the pine, but we planted several dozen Allium Globemasters about the pine in it's new setting and that should create quite a show down the proverbial road...


Well... a couple parting shots for this evening... such interesting light and things can only improve with fall colors not far off... hoping for beautiful autumn colors...

Take care, Larry