|Panicle hydrangeas didn't miss a beat in this summer's drought.|
Go figure -- hydrangeas are water lovers I thought.
The last few days have been brighter and nicer. The sun has been out, so I got the shovel and moved some things. Not the peony I had thought to move, but some sedums that were in the wrong place, a struggling fothergilla that needed a moister spot, and some lambsear on the back of the berm that needed dividing.
I added a new dusty blue Zenobia to the ones under the river birch by the patio wall. I had two there, and thought a third one would just balance things out. They're small, delicate understory shrubs. You can see how the existing two brighten the shadows under the tree.
I also moved the little Korean silver fir, but not to the brick circle in the lawn where the peony was. I left the peony alone. Peonies are notorious for disliking disruption. Instead I put the Korean fir in the vacated place at the end of the gravel garden where the struggling fothergilla had been.
|My Korean fir 'Silberlocke' is still too small to photograph well.|
Here's an example of a mature one from The Garden Professors.
Moving things around felt productive. As I dug holes in the dirt it occurred to me that I don't move plants around in my garden to improve their well being or give them better conditions.
I move plants around because I like the activity. I do it for me, not the plants. Apparently I enjoy digging holes a lot.