I fluffed the mulch a little and it was quick and easy enough to do, but the action requires leaning awkwardly and it hurts the back. I still have more to do.
Meanwhile, here are the additional things that need doing:
- Trim the river birches. They all need lower branches cut off.
- Move the strawberries. Maybe not now, but I do want to replant them away from the line of boxwoods. The fothergillas should go too.
|I love the transecting line of boxwoods, but the strawberries are crowding the look.|
|I want this area to be just the structured boxwoods, the stones and the gravel.|
Maybe take out the fothergillas there too (and move to Drive By Garden)
In the "never looked better" category, here are some plants that look great this year:
|Cornus canadensis. I gave up on them, buried all under a thick layer of mulch,|
and now, years later they are popping up under the Bloodgood maple
|Inkberry hollies. They looked awful in early spring, very brown leaves,|
and they had that black tip fungus. Bartlett sprayed, it rained, and they look good.
|Goatsbeard, Aruncus dioicus. It never looked this good in all the other locations|
I had it planted in. Now, behind the Birch Garden, it is growing.
|Salix yesoalpina. It has really spread beautifully. So thick and green.|
I hope it stays this way all summer.