Thursday, April 26, 2007

Garden progress

The bad weather of early April disappeared, and so did I, into the garden with all its spring jobs.

Winter damage that's apparent so far includes forsythia blooming only where it was covered with snow, and one young maple tree that bit the dust.

Here's what we (my husband, my helpers and I) have accomplished so far:

-Cut down ornamental grasses and old perennial stalks and cleaned up where necessary. This is huge, as there are several big beds, as large as a suburban yard.

-Cut back hellebores (we have a mass planting of these in our shade garden, thanks to my hot-shot propagator husband), and clematis.

-Pruning of trees and shrubs - a big job still in progress, but I'm lucky to have found an expert who used to work for Royal Botanical Gardens. He has trained all our young hardwood trees to perfection.

-Cleaned up under our big weeping willow and burned the resulting pile of brush.

-Mowed down two-acre wildflower meadow.

-Cleaned up twigs and branches on the lawn areas. Started mowing.

-Planted a few perennials, and got peas and spinach planted too.

-John has begun the usual removal of dead plants from his rock garden, to be followed by planting of new stuff he's grown from seed over the past couple of years.


  1. Anonymous10:37 PM

    I grew up near Windsor, and always enjoyed the huge fosythia from our neighbours garden. It was right out our dining room window and on cloudy days it lit up the room like sunshine. Your forsythia looks like the ones where I live now...near North Bay. If I can ever get one to grow I will try to cover it completely with snow for protection...although some of the damage must happen with the late freeze-thaw cycles. What do you think?

  2. I don't know how that would work. You could try burlap wraps, or replace your plant with 'Northern Gold', which is the only prairie-hardy forsythia cultivar. If it flowers on the prairies, it should do for you in North Bay.

    My forsythia shrubs were here when we bought the property. I guess I should follow my own advice and try 'Northern Gold' too.

    Cheers, Yvonne


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