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Re: Hydrangea Madness

Hardly a celebrity. Just a gardener who's made a lot of mistakes and learned
from them.

I, too, took out grass and made the areas into high-maintenance perennial
beds. (People tout perennials as easy-care, because they don't need to be
replanted spring and fall, but there's still weed control, dividing,
deadheading...)  I'm changing most of my beds to flowering trees and shrubs
and conifers, with the beds well mulched, to help avoid that.

Still, after having to pretty much abandon my gardens for the years that my
mom was sick, it's taken a lot to reclaim the space. Our brush pile, partly
due to the hurricanes, partly due to chopping wild vegetation, was 40' in
diameter and over-my-head-high, in some cases 10 or more feet tall.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Donna" <gossiper@sbcglobal.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, May 23, 2005 9:04 PM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] Hydrangea Madness

> Don't be sorry... didn't know we had a celebrity here :)
> I was getting excited about easy care...
> Seems I have taken out so much grass and made them into high maintenance
> beds that I can't keep up with lately. Things got away from me for the
> couple of years and now I am paying for it.
> It also doesn't help that my design thoughts have changed (gee, think this
> group had something to do with that, I used to be happy with common
> and I have redone many of them....
> Donna

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