Mistakes were made. By me. Planting two little red bud seedlings together stupidly thinking they would merge into one made our biggest red bud vulnerable in the last ice storm. And we lost it. It was in an area of the acreage that I had not paid enough attention to, so it is way past time a little creativity is applied.
And as I look at the space, all next summer is defined for me. Hate that.
The universe contributed to the project by leading me to Lowe’s and eight red barberry bushes, a little less than dormant, ready to burst, for one buck each. First thought about starting a garden area for my daughter who has horses; with the stickers on the barberry bushes I was pretty sure they wouldn’t eat them.
But evidently the bushes can create some kind of environment for mold or something that is not good for horses, so why invite trouble? I took them myself and started the “garden” repair (this area never has been a garden, just three trees spanning the back of the pool). Above, you can barely see the little bushes within the straw looking centipede grass which most of us use around here. It crawls along sand “real nice”.
We have both red and white barberry here, and the deer leave it alone. It is all stickers during the winter.
That is a huge consideration. The deer take over at night. Barberry shapes itself nicely and puts out a branch where the natural “sphere” it is making needs one. The new growth is a ruddy pink as you can see on the tag. It will work well with the trees. There will be a lot of pink in the spring as the red buds offer a pink flower.
Look at this grotesque wall! It simply must have tile and my whole summer was played out for inside the wall on the deck. Momentum is happening there after two years of work. And look at the amount of sod that has to be dug out.
The picture above was taken from the point where a new Nellie Stephens holly will be planted to mirror the one at the end of the wall. Can only find one currently, in a 50 gallon bucket and costing 250 dollars. Although these will be uneven for some years, it will have to be. We have nine of these giants around the place in all different stages of life.
The past few years, I have started laying tile on the wall outside perpendicular to this one. All different shades of white with white grout. Only work here at the end of the day when some thin set is left. Same for white grout. The finished work is slowly growing and no time to speak of has been spent. My brilliant friend Judy says the wall looks like dividing continents. She is right, always right.
The nandina above is a volunteer. We have them a couple of other places, and they propagate and move easily. A whole line of them against a white tiled wall would be nice. And we have the same thing going on elsewhere, which is a good thing for a composition.
These palmettos are along the bottom face of the front porch. Busy summer.