Monday, May 22, 2017


It's our wedding anniversary today. The doublefile viburnum marks the occasion every year by blooming perfectly and profusely and prettily, without fail.

It suffered in last summer's drought, but came back this spring as if nothing happened. Over the years harsh winters or heavy ice loads have done their damage, but the next year this doublefile viburnum blooms beautifully. It carries on, despite everything, and flowers reliably at the same time each spring.

There's a metaphor in there for how marriages work or something, but without belaboring the obvious, we are going out to enjoy a nice dinner and will come home to see this pretty shrub flowering as it always does to celebrate our anniversary.


  1. Hello and greetings. A lovely garden you have. I noticed that the edges of your various garden beds are flush against the lawn, I don't see any borders of any kind. I am a new gardener and want to make similar beds without any conspicuous borders. How do you keep the grass from staying put in its area and the garden bed soil to stay in its area and not spread out? Also, in general are there any disadvantages to planting bushes without carving out a soil bed for them? Many thanks in advance for your feedback.

    1. The gardens are all hand edged! Twice a year I use a long handled edger spade to make sharp trench cuts, then take out the raggedy grass strip it cuts by hand. Then every week in summer when Jim mows he goes around with an electric weed whacker and whacks the edges vertically to make a cut (rather than flat shear) of the encroaching grass edges around each garden. Not what you wanted to hear I think. It takes work.

      Not sure what you mean about carving out a soil bed -- a couple of my beds had a truckload of dirt dumped and spread and then I planted in that, but other beds were simply cut out of the lawn and the bushes planted directly in the dirt that was then exposed. Both methods work fine.

      Good luck with your creations!