Tuesday, June 10, 2014

June 10, 2014 Update

We've made some progress on our woodland garden project.  Here are a few of the highlights:

-  We had a tree company come in and take down the poplar that was leaning against another poplar last fall.  In the process, they had to take out another tree as well.  We had planned for a bit more shade in that location, but we can always use the sun!

-  We found rhododendrons for $6.88 and azaleas for $2.88 at Lowes.  Not being able to pass up those prices, we bought about $200 worth of plants!

-  Last fall, I took out some hosta by the road in our front garden and just threw them back in the woods.

They survived the winter, so we were able to start quite a few hosta in the woodland garden this spring.

-  I took about 40 acuba cuttings and planted them along the edge of Chris and Sammy's portion.

-  We got tired of the deer coming in and marauding our plants, so we put a chicken wire fence.  It is temporary in nature and easily moved, but hopefully it will last long enough for our plants to get established.  Here are a few pictures:








 That's me, checking the perimeter.




We fenced in both our woods as well as Chris and Sammy's pie shaped adjoining piece.  We've just started clearing the underbrush in their piece, but as these pictures show, we have a way to go:


















And finally, here are a few shots of our plantings, just getting started:





















 We've got a long way to go, but a big part of the initial labor is done.  Now it's just a matter of growing plants!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Where Have We Been!?


Did I mention our woodland garden is a long term project?  We'd love to be gardening all the time, but life finds a way of requiring other things.  But, we haven't lost our dream or focus!  Meanwhile, busy or not, the plants we've started keep growing, which is one of the beauties of gardening!

I'm happy to report that after a year, most of our bargain basement priced rhododendrons are doing well.  We lost a few, mostly in areas where there is a lot of runoff from storms, so we are thinking that is the problem.  Otherwise, most look really good.  A few even bloomed this past spring!

We started some cuttings shortly after Independence Day in sand.  Many had rooted, so yesterday, Kim and I planted them in some really nice topsoil that we have in our raised gardens:



Newly rooted cuttings are fragile, so we covered them with two layers of fiberglass screen:


We plan to cover them with plastic over the winter and then plant them out next spring.

Also today, our friend and neighbor brought us eight volunteer hydrangea that had come up at her Dad's, that we were thrilled to add to our garden space!


I mowed the woods twice this year, but it has been a while and the grass, which is easy to pull out, is currently going to town.


We just started some pachysandra cuttings in water, so we are hoping to get those rooted and use those, along with hosta, to keep the weeds down.



One hitch in the project is that last fall, Hurricane Sandy took down one poplar and the one you see leaning would fall, except that it is resting against another tree.  There is no telling how this will play out!

We are going to need a LOT of plants, so we are researching additional ways to prorogate them ourselves whenever possible.  There may even be some methods we can use over the winter (roses).

We also need to nail down a vision for the higher plants at the edge of the garden.  We aren't sure what we want specifically, other than to provide year round privacy and be as attractive as possible.  Suggestions are welcome!

Hopefully it won't be so long before the next update!

Take care,
Scott