Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Rain and A Quick Trim Of The Garden

I managed to catch a day during our unusual sunny winter weather and did a thorough trim of the passionflower vine encroaching on the rhododendron. The snails have been eating away at the rhododendron's leaves, leaving big holes in the deep green leaves. I trimmed back anything that hung over the rhodie so none of the snails would have easy access to the shrub anymore. I guess we'll need to do a good, close trim of the passionflower vines on the front yard fence, unless there is a drastic frost that wilts them back they are hardy and forever growing in every season here on the north coast. I took the rest of my time in the front yard to trim back by hand a few tall hedge pieces just to make the hedge look more uniform. The hedge did not receive its late fall trim because the rains started in earnest earlier than they usually do. The hedge looks a bit tidier now and the rains have started up again on the north coast, buckets of rain that means little time in the garden in the coming weeks but a good watering for my garden. It was strange to water the garden in early February because we hadn't had any rain in three to four weeks. Rain is a constant here in fall, winter and spring. We'll see if we keep having rain through April this year as it does most every year.

The Grosso lavenders in the front yard need to be trimmed back, the empty wands of stems should have been trimmed before now but it was one of the tasks I didn't get around to. The Goodwin Creek Grey lavenders are HUGE, jutting out from their narrow spot below the dining room window over the walkway. I kept myself from trimming them back until now, but I guess its time to do a good sized cut back and hope it doesn't cause problems with their flowering. The Grosso lavenders have numerous beautiful fragrant flowers in a very round form, while the Goodwin Creek Grey lavenders have more sparse but pretty flowers with silver grey leaves that always look good throughout the year. The bees thrive on these four lavenders during the year, especially the Grosso lavender in the front yard. The thymifolia fuchsia is doing well nestled in between the Grosso lavenders, full of deep pink tiny flowers. The fuchsia is getting bigger and I'm hoping it grows as wide and tall as the thymifolia fuchsia in the back yard. So far the front yard thymifolia fuchsia, a cutting from the bigger plant in the back yard, is tall but not so wide yet. It is always refreshing to see the thymifolia fuchsia blooming all year long, a bright spot in the quieter months of the gardening year.

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