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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Holly Out

Remember last summer when it was over 100 degrees for several days at Garden on Sherlock Street and the holly bushes gave it up?  I decided they were coming out so I could plant something else in their space.

Well, on February 2 (Ground Hog Day) with a winter storm in the forecast, I headed out in 60 degree weather and removed the holly bushes.


They came out fairly easily.  I did have to cut some good roots.  With roots like that, one would have thought they would have looked nicer.  During the digging, I found a lot of nice earth worms.  I told them all to retreat to the depths of the soil as winter was to return soon.  The plan is to plant agastache cana, caryopterisis, and candytuft between the clematis trellis to the far left and the sunflower sculpture on the right.  Next fall, I'll probably add some flowering bulbs too.


Here's a closer photo of the sunflower sculpture.  My uncle enjoys making garden art from different scrap he finds.  The petals on the sunflower are spark plugs.


Here's a shovel bird he made too.




13 comments:

  1. How nice that you can be outside working in the yard. 60 degrees would be heavenly right now.
    If you need some of those agastache cana seeds, email me with your address. I didn't harvest as many as hoped last summer, but I can spare a dozen or so. Let me know--

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    1. Thanks for the kind offer. I think I'm good though. Email on its way to you!

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  2. I'd say you had a good time in the gardening getting rid of something you didn't want, with visions of what will be in the future. Love your Uncles garden art.

    FlowerLady

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  3. Hardly ever see Agastache planted over here nowadays, such a shame as it can look fantastic. Love Caryopteris, and am including it in a couple of planting schemes coming up. Your uncle has quite a talent there, and I particularly like the sunflower.

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    1. I've heard so many good things about Caryopteris. Thanks for the vote as well.

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  4. I love the yard art! What a pop of color and whimsy they add to your garden.

    One of our biggest and prettiest holly bushes had to be removed last week when we had a water line leak. The roots were big and difficult to get out.

    Your choices to replace your holly sound very nice. Can't wait to see it all. Enjoy your day.

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  5. Cute sculptures! Have you ordered your agastaches yet? Be sure to put them where you can see the hummers! And get red/orange. I had absolutely no luck with the blues, despite what catalogs say. Of course, they ignored mine last year -- the first time I'd been able to plant them in the ground! I'm thinking of doing some sort of makeshift shelter near the plants -- they really loved sitting safely in the thick vines in our pergola at the last house.

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    1. The order has been placed! Word from Gaia Gardener below is that the blues need more moisture than we have here in the winter. I hope the hummers like them.

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  6. I'm trying some red and/or orange Agastache this summer, too. I tried one of the blues - it did beautifully for one summer, barely came up the next year and is now completely gone. I happened to be at a conference where David Salman was the speaker last fall and asked him about it - he said the blues were the most eastern of all the Agastache species and probably needed more water overwinter than they got.

    I also really like your garden sculptures - especially with the sentimental tie of having your uncle make them! Fun, funky, and a family tie as well!

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  7. Now what will you plant in that space? Hmmmmm.......:)

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  8. That's going to look really good! It's nice to get some of this type of work done before spring, then you can really enjoy the planting part. Love the garden sculptures!

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  9. First of all, that shovel bird is just about one of the coolest things I've seen! Your uncle should sell these things!

    I pulled out two large hollies last year myself to give more room to our hydrangea. I've planted some Virginia Bluebells, strawberries, and irises in their place...we'll see! I love the combination of things you're replacing the hollies with. Can't wait to see how it looks this summer!

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