Baby Blue Spruce Tree - Planted - IB2DWs Near Sidewalk - October 2023
Conifers Should Come First. That's a gardening truth. And, as I admitted last week...a mistake that I've made in our garden. But, it also points to an opportunity. Specifically in the IB2DWs extended bed. I talked about focusing on adding some dwarf conifers in service of my #2 item - adding clustered evergreens - IB2DWs extended.
As part of my #Fall Planting for 2023, I kind of went ham on dwarf conifers to make up for my past mistakes. I've sworn off the trees at Home Depot, but when I was confronted with this sign (below), I decided to nose around.
A Blue Spruce is the classic specimen tree for cooler regions, but a tree that can reach 100 feet is not ideal for everyone! If you could get that classic silver-blue foliage and perfect symmetry in a small tree, wouldn’t you jump at the chance? Well, Baby Blue is here to give satisfaction. The perfect miniature Blue Spruce, this great dwarf form fits into small lawns as well as garden beds and corners around your house. If you live in colder regions, then this is the ideal plant for that stand-out specimen that will bring character and color to your garden.
- Ideal dwarf and upright form
- Perfect bright silver-blue color
- Needs no trimming to have perfect symmetry
- Hardy and trouble-free
- Thrives in the coldest areas
Now up to 28 new plants. 3 new via division. 1 Tree. 32 total for 2023 #FallPlanting.
- Five divided Everillo Sedges - Carex Everillo - from one sedge with Center rot in the backyard.
- A Sempervivum ‘Hopewell’ - a succulent-looking Chicks and Hens planted down by the sidewalk - IB2DWs.
- Two Sedum spurium 'Voodoo' - IB2DWs - to attempt to outcompete the Creeping Jenny.
- Split three Elijah Blue Fescue clumps into six - IB2DWs along the driveway.
- A single Burgundy Glow Ajuga along the driveway IB2DWs. Lots of groundcover IB2DWs, this Fall.
- Eight Ajuga 'Chocolate Chip' planted - five in the island bed. Three along south front porch bed border.
- A Cardoon - IB2DWs - that I'm not sure is going to make it. I'm going to mulch it in VERY heavily this Winter.
- Two Silver Mound Artemisias planted IB2DWs - close to the current planted bed.
- A dwarf, fern-like shrub: Matcha Ball Ash Leaf Spirea planted in the front porch bed.
- Three Pentsemon 'Midnight Masquerade' dark foliage perennials planted in the new/extended IB2DWs bed.
- Two Stachys monieri 'Hummelo' plants, in the front yard by the Sweetspire.
- Three Greenlee Moor Grasses - Sesleria Greenlee Hybrid in front of the Sweetspire shrubs in front.
- A dwarf conifer: Baby Blue Spruce - planted IB2DWs extended down by the sidewalk.
This is the 15th tree planted in 2023 with a BUNCH more coming soon. I'll be breaking the high-water mark of 17 trees planted in one season with a few more posts in the coming days/week.
We (now) have 65 of 92 trees that we've planted. 70.6% success rate over seven years.
92 trees planted/7 growing seasons = 13.14 trees on average planted each season
65 trees alive/7 growing seasons = 9.28 trees on average survive each season.
1. Flowering Pear in backyard on north side.
4 and 5: 2 Lindens that I espalier'd and placed by the south fence line near our kitchen windows.
6. A Dawn Redwood from Earth Day 2017
7. Nat's Saucer Magnolia in our front yard
2018 (17 planted. 6 Dead):
14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21. These Frans Fontaine Hornbeams.
22. A replacement Chanticleer Pear tree (3" caliper) out front by our garage
25. Our replanted/replacement Dawn Redwood. Same spot as the first.
26. This teeny-tiny Bald Cypress that I planted in the front yard, in between our driveway and our neighbor to the north.
33. My new Weeping White Spruce that will only grow about 4' wide placed near the fence line alongside the espalier'd Lindens.
46. A small Northern Red Oak tree - our first Oak tree planted.
47. A 'decapitated' Lavender Twist Weeping Redbud that I planted on a whim.
49. A tall(ish) London Plane tree that suffered some transplant and frost shock, but seemed to recover.
1. [This says 'planted', but there are two volunteers on here that aren't 'technically' planted in 2023, I just counted them in 2023.]↩