I thought I would take inventory today, and list what I am liking about the garden and what distresses me as of Spring 2010.
Ten Things I like:
- The back hill is filling in and growing. Trees are leaping up.
- Finally like the right side of Meadow's Edge, with camassias and Ogon spirea and the happy geums next to the stump. Love the stump.
- Dry creek bed.
- Doublefile viburnum bloomed this year and looks ready to fill out and grow.
- Paperbark maple is growing and getting some shape finally. Love the stewartia monadelpha next to it. And the Bloodgood maple, and the Crimson Queen too!
- The little cabin and gravel walk whimsy under the redbud, so sweet.
- The whole west walk, nice composition when the grasses grow.
- River birches, wow.
- Love my sourwood.
- Glowing burgundy heuchera at the edge of the Birch garden, seen from afar, and the geranium wlassovianum too.
Ten Things that I don't like:
- The gaura Whirling Butterflies didn't come back. Try it in pots? And lost all the crocosmia, except maybe one.
- The sweetbay magnolias always look iffy in spring, but they fill out much later. Need to be patient, they look skimpy and unwell at this stage (May)
- Witch hazel blooms are nothing to look at. Maybe with time and maturity (and having replanted Diane to the new bed?)
- Spicebush plants are not really thriving... they're ok, but slow growers, both in the field and the ones on the berm. They did bloom this year, slightly.
- Lost both persimmons.
- Holes in the low dwarf forsythia hedge, I'm losing entire central branches (voles?)
- Don't like the pinky purply clematis planted under the hummer feeder. Get something with prettier color next year.
- Bayberry was beautiful and a strong grower all summer, but got winterburn and is still brown looking even in May (new buds, it is coming back, though)
- Front walk is still not pulled together, but better now with the itea and bulbs.
- Epimediums are slow taking off under dogwood (Frohnleiten)