|Seeing this picture made me realize how much shade we have lost and how much I really loved that oak tree.|
Let's start with history. We bought this house under construction and got the builder to leave the yard alone except for the lawn seeding that the county required. They did nothing about shrubs or planting. In a hurry to do it all at once - and having no clue how big a job that was - we launched into everything all at once. Shrubs went in along the front porch and a Thuja occidentalis at the corner. Sadly what was sold as an 'Emerald' arborvitae (10 - 12 feet) was actually a 'Green Giant' (40+ feet) and had to come out.
And, finally, the conditions out there. We have two drains off the house that run under the sidewalk and provide some irrigation. It's not the best, since it tends to be feast or famine, so i augment with weekly sprinkling most of the summer and into the fall. So, here is where we start.
The St. John's Wort is overgrown. There is plenty of vinca minor everywhere, as well as Bermuda grass that thinks it owns this bed. The chrysanthemums in all three pots have already bloomed once this silly summer, but are in bud again, and the small chrysanthemums I put in the ground are starting to bloom, too. Meanwhile, the azaleas are in very good shape for such a hot summer, but would really like to get rid of the grass and creeping euonymous that has invaded them.
It's time for a little Round-up! More next week.