oh my achin' back
It's always the same in spring...I get too anxious to get things done and over-exert myself. I really should hire a yard boy...someone to do the heavy lifting.
Today I moved the 4 very large Lorapetalum bushes from the front yard back behind the short fence around the pool garden. They were much too large for the front, growing up higher than the roof line. Lovely in bloom, but much too big. In the back, they will make a great screen for the chain link fence and the neighbor's yard. The color looks good, and they will like the extra sun, I think. I'm a little worried about the soil -- they've been used to growing in great loamy garden soil and they're going to be in clay back there. They didn't come up with much of a root ball, so I hope they survive the shock of moving. I cut about half the foliage off to make them less top-heavy and so they have less system to support. We'll see.
I also moved the clump of Butterfly Iris from the front to the side in front of the kitchen window. I thinned it out and tried to create a curve, but frankly it looks odd right now. I added some LA iris to either side of the window to try to give it some depth, but it still looks out of proportion or something. Not sure what's wrong, but I'll have to keep working on it.
I put in 5 dwarf Bottlebrush shrubs in the front where the Lorapetalum was. They look so tiny right now, but they are supposed to grow 3' tall and 5' tall -- if they like the location. I just hope they have as much sun as they need. I think I'll add something less permanent like Pentas to fill in the space -- it looks so bare!
I've also added a bunch of salvias to the garden at the end of the driveway. And today I got a "Rattle-box" Cassia tree for that location too. It's outstanding in bloom and I think the orange will be a great counterpoint to the blue salvias at its feet.
The salvia list is:
Salvia Coccinea "Snow Nymph"
Salvia Coccinea "Coral Nymph"
Salvia Coccinea "Lady in Red"
Salvia Leucantha "Mexican Bush Sage"
Salvia Leucantha "Waverly"
Salvia Guarantica "Black and Blue"
Salvia Guarantica "Anise Sage"
Salvia "Blue Angel"
Salvia "Indigo Spires"