What a week in the garden. It rained on Christmas, so I didn’t have to make up any excuses about being outside.
Nature put her breaks on me so I could focus on celebrating with my family. Then lo and behold, the skies cleared, the temperature rose, and I was out playing in the garden once again.
The wintertime is a great time to clean up, gear up, and read up on gardening for the next season. But in Helen’s Haven, the winter is a season we celebrate. Helen’s Haven is a four season garden with plenty of interest in each season, especially the winter.
As I cut back The Red Bed, I evaluated what I wanted for the coming year. The castor beans were a huge hit this year. Bold, lush and red; the drama they brought can be matched by no other. However, after the frost, when they needed to be removed for the season, it was like felling a forest. I may have had a bit more than needed; especially considering the amount of work they were after the frost. Castor beans will continue to grace The Red Bed, but in smaller numbers.
I have plenty of seed to share. Let me know if I can send some to you!
Also in The Red Bed, the hedgerow I started last winter is taking shape. Having planted daylilies there (divisions from clients and friends), they became a maintenance headache. So, as much as my neighbors love them, I decided they needed to go. I made an attempt to remove them, but I know I didn’t get them all and will be after them for quite a while. I left one patch on purpose because I do love them.
But the goal for the south side is to have a nice tapestry hedge to attract wildlife. The plantings included in the hedgerow are, a spice bush, camellia, variegated box, Rose of Sharon, Gold Totem Pole, Knock Out Rose, Japanese Black pine, Abelia ‘Little Richard’ and Forthysia. These plantings are a continuation of the Southern Magnolia that anchors the Southwest corner of the house.
Another area in The Red Bed that needed my attention was the Forsythia. There were four big clumps that needed to be removed. This is one of my favorite harbingers of spring; but it can get a little unruly.
The aster, banana, elephant ears, daisies, ruellia, salvias were cut back. kk decided he had no room for the Invincibelle Spirit, so I planted it in The Office Border.
For some time now, I have considered putting in an edge along the back lawn area where it meets the twin beds. Left over from a job were 15 Ever-edges. Laying them out to see how they will look, there they sit until I can decide. It’s looking like it will be a good investment to at least try. There are enough to be able to tell if the look is something I want. Cut edges just don’t last long enough. Given the look of that back area, a crisp formal edge is necessary. Whether I go with this edge or another, an edge will be addressed in 2010.
Added Christmas tree cuttings to the wildlife brush pile
Helen Yoest is a garden writer and coach through her business Gardening with Confidence™
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Helen also serves on the board of advisors for the JC Raulston Arboretum