Monday, September 5, 2011

How I Spent My Weekend

There is a lot of work to be done in the garden before the plant and bulb orders arrive. I have already dug the two bushes that I don't want in the garden. They will be replaced by plants like maybe peonies and iris.


Last week, I dug a Forsythia bush which took me a while since it is at least half a century old. Today, I dug this Spirea bush. I did not have that much difficulty digging it because its roots are shallow.

Yesterday, I cut down the old stems of this lilac bush. Its stems are overcrowded and crisscrossing at the base so this is what I did. I wish I took a before photo so you can see the difference.

I am not really good at using a chainsaw but I got the job done the way I wanted it.

My next project is digging out the daylilies around this stump. I used them to hide the stump so it is not visible from the sidewalk. We have already contacted a contractor to grind it out this fall. Since it is in the middle of the garden, I could use the space to grow maybe a Japanese maple tree or an evergreen tree.

This is how it look like when Kwanso blooms with Silk Road. They clashed.

I love this oldie but goodie daylily. It will grace some other spot in the garden.

8 comments:

Bom said...

I got tired just thinking of all the digging that you did. That's a lot of preparatory work but I'm sure come spring you'll have me oohing and aahing with everyone else.

Andrea said...

Hi Lily, that reminds me of the so much work i need to do at home. I need to have a long weekend, but when it came by i used it for out-of-town photography instead, haha! The rains produced 'forests' of weeds in our area, now i dont know how to manage them. I laughed at your pruned bush, looks like the prunning shear is not sharp enough, or maybe a big sharp bolo common here should have been used. Those stems might still be too small to use a chain saw. I hope you didn't have sore back after that. In my case i still have sore muscles after our 2x 6-7 h bus rides.

Gatsbys Gardens said...

I have been doing what you are, cutting, trimming, planting and the bulbs have not even arrived yet. We are into planning again for another year.

Eileen

gardenwalkgardentalk.com said...

Boy have you been busy. A lot of redesign going on. Should be interesting when you get all done.

scottweberpdx said...

Good for you, planning ahead! I've been up to similar tasks...removing an old Arborvitae, moving things around...if it would only cool down so I could move more things before frost!

Alistair said...

A Forsythia over 50 years old, now that must have been quite some dig. I haven't seen that orange daylily before, it does look quite special.

Patrick's Garden said...

Out with old and in with the new. Fall is the best time for renovations like this. Enjoy the Fall.

Anonymous said...

Hi! I am kind of late in reading this post...but I will have to say that you really love gardening! I can't wait to see the final output of your project! Take care Ms.Lily!

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