A Look Around The Yard - April 2020

I wanted to take and share some photos in the [garden diary] here so I can look at the development of the shrubs and perennials in our yard.  I've already posted images of a few things including our Saucer Magnolia, Dappled Willow (treeform), front-yard Cleveland Pear, some of our lilac buds, how we've added some wood chips to the far back and biosolids in testing and most recently, posted both hostas and peonies coming thru the mulch

Here's a few items that I've covered over the years.  This is what they're looking like in mid-April, 2020.

Starting with the northside Rhododendron.  This was put in the bed in 2018 and didn't flower last year.  Buds game looks strong this year.  This is the one plant that I applied Wilt-Pruf this Winter

In the bed outside the screened porch, I planted a solitary Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass a couple of years back.  We should add more here, I think.  I trimmed last year's growth off in March and this year's growth is going fast. This bed will be getting mulch soon. 

Our Frans Fontaine European Hornbeam trees have buds that appear ready to burst, but they are still clinging to some of their leaves via foliar marcescence.  These trees are going to be even more important as our neighbors to the north have begun construction on their new house, so we'll both be wanting some screening in the years to come. 

Belo, you can see the beginnings of the cutting in of a new mulch bed.  I've begun to remove some of the turf on the edges of our lawn in preparation for the delivery and installation of mulch.

Over on the northside bed, near the Dawn Redwood is this fairly large clump of hostas.  This was a Hosta that was in the front of the house that we tore down on our property that I transplanted before construction began.  I'm thinking that this might be a good clump to spit up this year.

Our Yew hedge appears to have survived the Winter and is ready for mulch.

Behind one of our large Oak trees is this bunch of Spring bulbs that come up every year, but I don't know what they are because they've never flowered.  I'm going to cut some of these open to see if I can figure out if these are worth keeping or if they need to be dug up?

There are a couple of (what I'm pretty sure are...) Allium bulbs that have sprouted in a new place this year.  You can see them below - in one of the perimeter beds by our yard hydrant.  I planted a series of Purple Sensation Allium around the large Oak tree that is about ten feet away from this location back in 2018.  Did the squirrels dig these up and relocate them?  I'm totally confused as to how/why these ended up here.

Below is our Tuff Stuff Hydrangea that I planted all the way back in the Fall of 2017.  That means it had 2018 growing season, 2019 growing season and now we're on our third season.  By last Summer, this one had grown more than the other (more on that) hydrangea that was planted at the same time and was full/lush with leaves

The smaller Hydrangea (below) is the Everlasting Revolution.  This one is far behind the Tuff Stuff and I'm not sure how or why it hasn't kept up.  I'll be watching this one closer this season - and once the mulch arrives, I'll pull the leave mulch off to allow it to breath.

Below are the five Karl Foerster Feather Reed grasses that are planted outside of our kitchen nook window.  I planted these back in our first Spring - May of 2018 - and they've thrived. 

And, finally...I'm sharing for the [garden diary] a small look at the drainage on the northside of our house where the walkway/boardwalk is planned.  This area is always wet and I've been using a combination of gravel (to firm things up) and these stepper stones to navigate this area.  I'm hopeful that by the time our social distancing time is over, we'll have built a boardwalk here to cover up this mess


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