Today marks me getting pretty close to the final conifer that I planted in my Fall Planting Spring of October 2023. It features a second (new) Bird's Nest Spruce (3rd overall with one in the back) and is planted in the new part of the Conifer Garden down by the sidewalk. Same story as the previous one - a dwarf, low-to-the-ground conifer that tolerates sun and - when established - is drought tolerant. This one is a 1# small shrub, like the others have been. I planted this in mid-October, but posting it in early November 2023.
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Originally planted in a container (pre-bonsai), then first transplanted into the ground in April of 2022 only to be moved up to the Kitchen window curved bed in May of 2022 , my first Bird's Nest Spruce (dwarf) has not lived a good life. Then...it was gnawed at by the dang rabbits and fought for life the past two growing seasons. Today? It has been overtaken by the Oakleaf Hydrangeas that are planted behind this small spruce shrub. See below for a look at the leaves of the hydrangeas and the spruce, evergreen shrub: That means that this dwarf conifer is looking for its fourth spot in three years. I dug it up and transplanted it over to the northside of the lot, behind some hostas (that need to be removed) and in front of the Hops vine that is trellis'd up the fence. See below for the current state of my first Bird's Nest Spruce dwarf conifer: I'm posting this in early November, but I moved this shrub back in early/mid October of 2023.
Yesterday, I posted a photo and details of the first (of two) Blue Star Junipers that I planted next to the back stoop. Today, is the second of those - this time planted on the north side by the electrical meter, next to one of the Disneyland Roses. You can see it below - this is a spot that gets full sun and little water...so I'm thinking it may be happy here. Posting in November, but planted in mid-October 2023.
More dwarf conifers. That's the story for today (and maybe tomorrow) as I've planted a pair of Blue Star Junipers - Juniperus squamata 'Blue Star' to two different parts of our garden. The first is pictured above and is in the north-side back stoop bed along with a Spring Grove Ginko, that big flush of Angelina Sedum and a Geranium. My thought here is that by adding some blue - I'd get a nice view of the garden color trinity of green (ginkgo), blue (Blue Star Juniper) and chartreuse (Angelina Sedum) working together. And...that this Blue Star Juniper might fight back against the sedum and they'd play nice together. What is a Blue Star Juniper? From NC State : 'Blue Star' Singleseed Juniper is a cultivar that is a dwarf conifer, an evergreen, and slow-growing shrub that may reach from 1 to 3 feet tall and 1 to 4 feet wide. The shrub forms a compact, dense mound. The leaves are blue-gray, awl-shaped needles with a white band that overlap and are densel
Last Fall, I planted a singular cypress conifer called Lemon Thread False Cypress in the backyard by the Hornbeam trees . It has mostly just gotten along without much attention, so I decided to add something similar to the front yard - IB2DWs - Conifer Garden: a Golden Mop False Cypress. Chamaecyparis pisifera. They're similar...but I'm learning they're different in some ways. From Oregon State University, I'm seeing that Golden Mop is a 'true dwarf' : ‘Golden Mop’ - it is a mutation of ‘Filifera Aurea’ and a true dwarf, to 1 m, with more intense yellow. I've planted in a full sun, so I'm sure hoping that we get some of that 'intense yellow' and based on what I'm reading (below) in Midwest Garden Tips, I think we have a winner with Golden Mop. From MGT: The dramatic foliage of the ‘Golden Mop’ is bright yellow green with a feathery, almost stringy appearance. The glowing gold foliage creates a lovely accent to deeper green conifers.
What's better than two Baby Blue Spruce trees? If you answered "Three Baby Blue Spruce Trees", you'd be correct. This time, I've added the small (container-grown) dwarf conifer to the bed near the kitchen window in back. You can see it in the photo below. This goes towards my #1 item on my 2023 list - evergreens. But, it also checks some of the box on #18 - dealing with the 'kitchen window curved bed' as this is planted in front of the Weeping White Spruce and to the west of the Espalier'd Greenspire Lindens. As for keeping score on a few fronts, let's first start with the Fall Planting Tally.
A week back, I shared photos and details of the first of three Baby Blue Spruce trees that have gone in our yard as part of my Fall Planting Sprint. They were all 7# container-grown trees and are small to start - somewhere shy of 24" tall from tip to rootflare. I planted the first one in my new Conifer Garden - IB2DWs extended. And, I matched it with the second one on the other end of that spread. See below for a look at #2 Baby Blue. This is planted closer to the Bald Cypress. And...it is planted 'high' on purpose. As for keeping score on a few fronts, let's first start with the Fall Planting Tally.
Upright evergreen tree. Those are magic words to me. When I came across a new (to me) conifer tree named Montrose Charm, I pulled out my phone and dug around. Trying to figure out if this would work in my new conifer garden IB2DWs extended. After some hemming-and-hawing, I brought it home and planted it along the back border, sort of next-to the Ginkgo tree that is up there . Here it is post-planting. The Montrose Charm is a "Christmas Tree Form", but gets tall and skinny - with time. From Dutchman Tree Farms - they expect the tree to get six feet wide at maturity and have this to say : This tall narrow columnar tree has needles that are light green and very short. The White Spruce ‘Montrose Charm’, once established, is cold hardy and drought resistant. This columnar tree is perfect for landscaping, borders, small spaces, and erosion control. I've said it before, but I love that narrow, columnar tree form. Here's a look at a mature version of the Montrose Charm
All the same facts, details and situation from yesterday's post showing how I planted a Weeping Norway Spruce IB2DWs persist and stay the same for this - a second Weeping Norway Spruce - that I planted in the new conifer garden closer to the sidewalk - IB2DWs - extended. See the photo at the top showing the location of this weeping, dwarf conifer and the Baby Blue Spruce tree that I previously planted here. As for keeping score on a few fronts, let's first start with the Fall Planting Tally.
What does my IB2DWs bed lack? Well...to be fair, it lacks a lot. But what I'm (mostly) talking about are conifers. Evergreens. Remember... Conifers Should Come First . I've failed at that. But, I can make up for it, I hope. My #2 priority was to plant evergreens IB2DWS. And my #1 was to add more evergreens . I've started by posting about one of two Baby Blue Spruce trees that I planted in the extended IB2DWs bed. Today, I'm sharing that I planted a Bird's Nest Spruce in the currently planted IB2DWs bed. You can see it above - it is to the west of the Cat's Pajamas Nepeta and a few feet set back from the driveway. It was five bucks. What's not to like about that? I have a Bird's Nest Spruce in the back that was devoured by rabbits. I've moved it once and need to move it again. Here's the container - Bird's Nest Spruce - Picea abies 'Nidiformis' - which NC State calls a 'dwarf needled evergreen shrub' . As for