Monday, September 29, 2008

The Perennial Plant Dance


I have had my garden beds in place less than a year. Large parts of them are bare and still await more population this spring. I am moving somewhat slowly in anticipation of deer grooming the beds this winter. We are trying to get some money saved for a deer fence, but cannot afford something that would look nice in the front yard and do not like those fences that are practical in appearance.

Still and yet my perennial plant dance begins this week. I am moving the guara to the end of a bed that is across the lawn. It's beautiful dancing branches were too close to the sidewalk turn and the lovely pink petals were continually being knocked to the ground. I am moving the purple rhododendron to the bed beneath the bay window. It was becoming hidden by the knock-out rose bush---those babies are really healthy! The rhodo has to stay close to the house because some animal just loves to eat the blossoms! I had to move one daylily to another end of one bed so that I could plant a caryopteris (Sunshine Blue) with lime green leaves that I fell in love with at the garden center---photo above. It was filled with flower buds just ready to open and after this weeks heavy rain it should be beautiful.

That is all the moving for now, but I have a brand new area cleared for another long bed...my head is exploding with anticipation.

This next week once the rains stop and the earth dries I have over 100 bulbs to naturalize. (What possesses me I will never know.)

3 comments:

Annie in Austin said...

If you can manage it, it always seems friendlier to move the plants so they don't get bumped or you don't have to keep hacking them back.
Are the one hundred bulbs all one kind?

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Sky said...

wonder why some of your "L"s in this post are in blue font?

what kind of fence is a deer fence? we have found the only fences that work here are the 6 feet tall cedar privacy fences. i suppose a tall brick wall or a tall wrought iron fence would work, too. our picket fence in the front is just a plush invitation for a nice jump! therefore, 2 years ago we moved all the hostas to the back gardens where a privacy fence permits protection.

shortly after the hosta move my husband hung fragrant soap on twine all about the gardens from low limbs on evergreens (not noticeable to the naked eye since the bars hang low down the sides of trunks. he placed some bars in plastic containers into which he poked holes and pushed them under a couple of the garden benches and hid a few under the straw from the sequoia and behind dwarf evergreens in the rock garden. there has been no evidence of deer invasion for 2 years now. he also picked up a small bag of zoo doo (cougar poop) and placed it near the perimeter of the fence where the deer have jumped in the past. the bag is quite small - about half the size of a small, plastic grocery bag. we have seen deer strolling in the neighborhood, but they have not jumped our fence and eaten anything in our gardens.

Tabor said...

Annie, there were 60 daffodils of various types, 6 peony plants bare-rooted, 6 Iris--two types, and 10 other double daffodils...so I guess it wasn't exactly 100. Any fence that is ten feet high will suffice, Sky. But the plastic-net types that sort of fade into the woods are complicated to set up and the wood fences are high maintenance and also block air circulation and the metal fences are very expensive. We are still looking!