Sunday, May 26, 2013

Boxwood: Trim or not to Trim

Clive Nichols Photography
Are you like me, do you love boxwood surrounding your home in your landscape?

I was first introduced to boxwood many years ago when we first bought our home. It helps to add some structure to your gardens as well as a touch of formality.

 Hyland Garden Design
Best part is the deer won’t touch it. Boxwood contains alkaloids that are toxin to deer as well as to humans. We have a lot of roaming deer here in the country so my garden palette is somewhat limited to what the deer won’t eat.
 Sweetgum Horticulture
With over a 150 varieties of boxwood there’s something for everyone in every shape and form. Boxwood can be planted to form green walls and allee, low borders or tall as well as different textures and size of leaves.
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This is one of our upright box and a very slow grower. I’m hoping someday he’ll fill out his container but until then we’ve given him some height with a pretty iron ornament.
 Landscaping Network
Boxwood is a tough shrub, which is good for us since it gets buried under mounds of snow in wintertime.
My image
This is one of our dwarf boxwood and he was MIA for months this winter under the snow but when the snow finally melted he showed us all the growing he had been doing when I thought he was sleeping.
The Scout Guide
Did you know that shearing your boxwood into balls and hedges stresses your shrubs?
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Since our home isn’t formal and I prefer a somewhat wild untamed look we left these two boxwood to their own devices and let them grow. What do you think trim or not?
Southern Living
Even in a pot they don’t always need to be sheared to look good.
 My image
Since these dwarf boxwood are being used for a low hedge I’ll give them a little bit of shearing. They’ll grow to three feet if left alone and I don’t really want them that tall.
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I know these alliums have nothing to do with boxwood but they’re finally opening and I wanted to show you. I planted up eight different varieties of alliums last fall and as they open I’ll give you a show.
Happy Memorial Day everyone and if you really want to make someone’s day go thank or hug a service person.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Breathing a deep sigh.....

Hello everyone! I know I’ve been MIA for the past month but things have been a little hectic and unfortunately until work was done my blog had to take a back seat. I hate it but there is only so much time in a day and I’ve missed everyone!
As you can see the snow is gone and in its place we’ve been rewarded with new life.

I love this about spring and how everything wakes up and gives us a show.

 The lily-of-the-valley is just starting to put on their show.
Lucky us we have fields of Lily-of-the-valley I wish they stayed around longer. If you’ve never smelled what a large field of these flowers smell like then you’re missing a real treat. They’re heaven sent the smell is so clean and light.

Thanks to all the snow/water we received this past winter we’re going to get a bumped crop of pears…..

And peaches, I guess there are some rewards to receiving so much snow. Last year was so dry our fruit trees didn’t bud out so we’re doing a happy dance this year.
 Even our crabapple tree is about to get showy, everything is jumping to life and I love it.
I want to wish each and every one of you a very Happy Mother’s Day. I wish I could give you all a big bunch of lily-of-the-valley, enjoy your special day!
I’ve missed you all and can’t wait to get caught up with your blogs. Be well and have a wonderful week!
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