My current garden is my 2nd perennial garden.
We moved into this house shortly after
I quit designing garden for other people
So I brought with me all of that experience
Mistakes and good ideas
Successes and failures.
This garden is bigger than any other I’ve had
So I made the conscious decision
To use more flowering shrubs.
And as is typical in spring
Every week something new would bloom
And I’d go out and buy 3 of them!
There was method to my madness
Flowering shrubs take up space
Lots of it
They also give literal armloads of flowers
Which are fun
To cut and share
So the bones of my garden are
Hydrangea & Roses
Lots of these
Because they give you so many blooms
Off and on during the season
There are fewer Peonies
Because they just bloom once.
But who can live without them!
Then there are those early spring-flowering bushes
That take on a life of their own
Forsythia, Quince, Spirea, Lilac
You may know it as Snowball bush.
That first spring I bought 3
I don’t actually remember where I first planted them
Somewhere in the middle I think
In a sort of triangle.
By the next spring
I realized I had made a mistake
They were going to get too big for their present home.
So we dug them up and moved them.
Now remember that these were all 3 about the same size.
Two were moved to the west gate.
Where they reside today.
What’s wrong with this picture?
Why the left side is not as healthy as the right
Is likely a conversation for another day.
Then there is the third one.
We couldn’t really come up with a logical place for it.
So we just put it in a hole on the far east side of the yard.
Along side of few other “homeless” plants.
We never did find it a real home.
Over the years it has driven me crazy.
I’ve actually wished it would die.
It’s under one of our big old cedar trees
And keeps growing into it.
I’ve whacked away on it
Year after year
Just to keep it kind of under control
Or so I thought
I guess I must have missed its annual haircut last spring.
Because this year
It’s well … GIGANTIC
And loaded with blooms
Which is wonderful
Because with the late spring
My yard has been pretty void of blooms.
So I’ve been cutting and cutting.
Armloads of flowers are such fun
The stems are woody
So when you cut them
Be sure you either slice or smash them
And feel free to cut away
Because a happy Viburnum
Is a big Viburnum
So why is it that sometimes
The things that annoy us the most
Turn out to be our best friends
When nothing else is blooming!
Enjoy this wonderful weather.
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