We are entering our second year with this client. We have been periodically checking in, as the temps allowed, just to see how the plant life was looking and growing. In late fall last year we left the Pink Muhly Grasses to cut down today. They were keeping the garden beds from looking completely bare as everything died back in late fall.
Our homeowner hired us last year to transition his garden beds from….all shades of green plant life, to perennial flowering plants. He selected plants with some of our input and he chose his own placement. We completed the installs. We started out conservatively, to see how they filled in, and so this year, once things begins to grow back in and populate, we’ll see where new purchases will be needed, and take into account room for proper space and growth. Our goal this year is to intersperse some spacing/timing on plant blooms. Planning so that each month…. working up to fall, he will have blooms for “showing” the entire summer. It’s fun and challenging, mainly because he has a “guys” take on color, variety and height. His taste is somewhat eclectic. We are very much enjoying the unfolding of the process. Even though he is not a gardener he does like to do plant research.
Our early spring tidy was simply that. No real gardening yet, but weeding a lot and trimming up dead growth on the surrounding bushes. We completed four (4) hours, but need a couple more to continue keeping up on the typical spring weed invasion. Our community is a highly wooded area and so with wind and seeds blowing all over, we do get our share of pretty invasive weed infestations. So it’s really important in late March and early April to keep up on the weeding. I will be dropping by occasionally up to the break in temps around May 1st to take care of this.
We still need to complete a deep edging of all the beds, including the outer perimeter of the property. This unit is in the center of a strip of 6 townhomes. It has been landscaped with some higher end English Boxwoods and has a small estate look about it. We have been working hard to encourage fill-in of the Boxwoods growth, after five years of some previous owner neglect. It’s really coming along nicely.
This is probably one of the nicer properties in our community and we very much look forward to adding more color and unusual flowering plants this year. Our assignment and “our joy.”
”Contessa” says…… it’s a very good thing!