Re: Re: CULT: Garden Shade
Here are a few helpful hints, maybe, for shade. In the first place, my back
backyard, to diferentiate it from the backyard closer to the house,. was bare
- no trees. So I had a nursery plant some, what I called "instant trees".
I was too old to wait 20 years for a tree to be useful, so I planted fairly
large trees. Two years before my garden was on a national AIS tour (that was
in '91) I had a Yoshina Cherry, Kousa dogwood, several Buitterfly bushes
(botanical name erased by a senior moment, right now), Amelanchnier,
Metasequoia(sp?) - anyhow a Dawn Redwood that was 5' tall and now is about
30' - and I love it, one of the deciduous conifers - and it is in the NW
corner of my yard And a zelkova which is replacing the "Dutch Elm which has
succumbed to an eradicating disease - and the Zelkova is good for wind and
drought, incidentally. Well, these trees were planted in "89 in areas that
would NOT put my irises at a disadvantage, but where I could weed in the a.m.
and move around as the sun moved around, so that I would be in a different
area in the afternoon. That took thought and I mapped out my garden for each
hour as to where the sun would be, also taking into account as much as
possible, not to upset the sun/shade for my neighbors. I told the nursery I
did NOT want to rake leaves, nor pick up fruit!!! At this old age, I really
appreciate THAT thoughtfulness! So these trees fill the bill (except for my
pocketbook) - except for the Dawn Redwood which drops its needles in one
fellswoop after a heavy frost - they turn a glorious shiny penny color first.
And those needles have to be raked up,sort of!
Since then I have added a Korean Mt. Ash(Sorbus anifolia) that is my most
expensive tree and a joy to behold. It is fairly rare and not easily found.
Also a Stewartsia, a Parrotia (sp?), Yellowwood, and a Carolina Silverbell.
plus other specmen smaller trees, such as 5 different kinds of Maple that are
not the common bigleaf maples whose leaves pack on the ground. One oak that
came in some pineneedles in R.I. when one of my daughters lived up there,
and I was using needles as edging of iris plots to keep the grass from
encroaching into the beds - and the next spring I found this dear little oak
tree growing out of its acorn, and I couldn't toss it out, and it is now
huge (that was back in '73 and in the backyard closer to the house - and oak
leaves curl and don't mat) The back back yard was bought after we had the
house and lot, and the addition is 100 x 100 sq.ft. (10,000 sq.ft. and is
all just garden with a perimeter of trees, shrubbery, and tall stuff. With
2 to 3 ft areas of grass between plots and a wide enuf area of grass 0n the
South side (shaded with lilacs, various kinds of dogwood, styrax (sp?) and
fringe trees) to play croquet if the grand or great-grands ever come long
enuf to play!
Now that is a brief(?!) resume of my permanent, shifting shade. For when I
HAD to be in the sun, I carried a Beach umbrella which you jam into the
ground, and as the sun moves, I swivel it around so I'm in the shade --
eventually it has to be moved and jammed into the ground again -- maybe a
foot deep? Oh, how I wish I could do the weeding - it is a wonderful way to
get a lot of thinking done, as well as observation of how things are growing!
But if I get down on the ground it would take a derrick to get me up again,
and my knees will no longer stand kneeling, (that is a queer combination of
two words!) and I could never weed sideways nor bending over from sitting I
don't know whether any of this helps for shade!.. And I still haven't found
anyone to do it for me this year! Woe is me! Rosalie nr Baltimore, USA
maybe spring is coming to zone 7, we had a sunny day! firstname.lastname@example.org
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