Gardening Journal, June 23,
The old pine rewarded me
with its song this morning as I went along using my new hand-held hedge
trimmers. The Weigela Hedge, Privet Hedge, Crepe Myrtle, all have
branches clipped. Some complain about the Privet having to be trimmed so
often. Not me. Any bits of tender limbs make mulch for my garden.
Weigela is beautiful when blooming but get rangy with long branches when
I donít trim mine this way, instead I plant them at various locations so
there is only one bush and let them go. They have wonderful fragrant
blooms. A visitor once commented: ďWhat is that wonderful fragrance?Ē
The birds love them, too. One outside my bedroom window guarantees Iíll
have a morning alarm clock, the kind that wakes me gently.
Crepe Myrtle are just about to bloom and will they ever be gorgeous.
Iíve started one of the walk ways I want on my place. This one goes down
to the front gate and I will line them with the daisies, day lillies and
lillies and Canna over the septic tank laterals do well and donít seem
to bother the drainage because they die down each winter. Today the day
lillies have blooms and are they ever neat. One little blossom a day,
but great color. Daisies on this hillside are my favorite, plain but
clean white and bright. Cannas do not come back every year in front
because it is so cold on the ridge. However, I keep a stash of them
close to the house on the south side and those come back, so I just
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