This is the second installment in a list of corrective actions that I must take in 2012 in my gardens. It's starting to overwhelm me. All the work.
A Correction: I must do something about the front walk.
I liked it a couple years ago when the green buns of chamaecyparis and the little shrub itea and the pretty winter-flowering heath all worked together, and there were tulips and flowering onions in spring. But even then the horizontal overwhelmed the vertical in this strip and I knew it.
In 2010 a family of voles came to the same conclusion, and helped me out by removing every single shrub and bulb, from the roots up. They destroyed all living plants in this strip. In 2011 I had to start over.
|Originally there were tulips . . .|
|. . . followed by globe onions and rosy garlic and yellow allium moly to welcome you along the walk. . . .|
|. . .and originally I liked the fall colors and textures. But the voles and I agreed it was all too horizontal.|
In 2011 almost everything was removed. I stuck in zinnias and irises and gaura from other parts of the garden and it looked chaotic. I was not happy with it. In 2012 I must make changes.
|Not happy with this last summer.|
- The Correction: dig it all up and start over.
- Degree of Difficulty: not too bad, the soil is loose and crumbly and the space is small. But what to plant?
Another Project: I must prepare for a garden tour.
On July 15, 2012 visitors from the New England Wildflower Society are coming to my garden, to study it during a two hour guided tour conducted by Ellen Sousa, who will be demonstrating how to create wildlife habitat even if you live in a development in the suburbs with covenants and homeowner restrictions.
I am a little stunned I said yes.
|Hypericum androsaemum 'Albury Purple' (St. Johnswort) in my garden. Not native. Invasive in fact.|
I must mulch, edge, remove non-performers, add color, move the struggling plants and re-plant in the gaps. Widen, amend and prune. Find abandoned tools and put them away. Fertilize. Chop back as much of the bittersweet as I can reach.
I must decide what to do about the most egregious non-natives (hypericum, should I keep it?) Get everything in the newer gardens to grow two seasons' worth of foliage. Replant all of the tree saplings I lost on the back hill, or at least a dozen of them. Remove dead things.
Weed. Thin out the bunchy stuff. Plant up the bare places. Redecorate the compost dump. Water everything since it will be hot and dry and 100 degrees then.
- The Correction: hide until the visitors go away.
- Degree of Difficulty: daunting.