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Category: Potpourri | Posted: Wed Jan 07, 2009 3:15 am

This will be a great place to share what I have growing, share my success and failures and look for opinions or guidance for my yard!

I have seven (soon to be six) gardens. The seventh garden was just so full of poisen ivy that once spring came and everything exploded in growth...that was it. So I continually watched the flowers, weeds and poisen ivy grow. This garden is right next to the pool and in the summer I'd be in the pool, get to the edge and try to envision what to do and how to do it...whatever 'it' was. In this garden were two giant Ash trees and they began to develop some disease. This was a progressive thing and over the years we had lost a few branches. We found a tree specialist who hires a tree climber rather than having some company come in with a cherry picker to do the job. That was pure entertainment! What an art to that job with precise cuts and controlled drops. With all the tree debris that garden got quite crushed. I have a bunch of day lillies in there that I thought for sure were goners. An Azalea bush got crushed and I thought that was dead as well. Once we cleared out most of the debris and light was able to get on these areas..they grew again! :D The plan of attack for the spring is to try and dig up that bush and transplant it. This bush has been there for about 30 years and I am not sure how this will go. The daylillies I am now convinced are like weeds and will grow without much attention. Before all the tree stuff I spent weeks moving and creating a newish garden at the property edge on a hill that is partial shade. Some of the forget me nots from last year exploded and are happy there so I was please with that. We hope to get this area clean out and work with the pitch of the land since there is tons of water in when it rains and lots of errosion. I think with a clean pallet we will have success. It will definately take time. I need to start work on this as soon as the frosted ground thaws since we get slammed with skeetos..I am their breakfast, lunch and dinner :( So that is on my mind big time right now. More to come on this project I am sure!

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Droopy wrote on Wed Jan 07, 2009 8:51 am:

It sounds like you've got your work cut out for you this season. I'd love to see all your gardens, including the one you're giving up. Good luck with digging up your bush. We've transplanted azaleas and rhododendrons here, and as long as the root ball is big enough, they take well to moving.


gardengater wrote on Wed Jan 07, 2009 4:42 pm:

How lucky to have 6 gardens. Don't get too close to that poison ivy and let us know how you get rid of it. Happy gardening

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