Preparing the garden for a tour, part 5 of a series.

 This is part five of a series devoted to getting a garden ready for the Rome, Ga. Junior Service League tour of gardens which will take place on April 28, 2012. To find the other articles of this series, CLICK HERE

 April 15. The season is progressing and we had a bit less than three weeks until the tour. The first thing on the agenda for a Tuesday morning was to take the cover off of the swimming pool. I was afraid to look, but when I did I saw that the water was a nice shade of green, but not as bad as it could have been. I have waited to open the pool until the multitude of wisteria blooms had finished falling.

 

The pool needs a bit of attention
The pool needs a bit of attention

 

Then, there was another issue in the form of some Schipp’s laurels that had been declining over a period of several years. I have worked on them for quite some time and they have just not responded. Time for them to go.

 

funky looking laurels need to go
funky looking laurels need to go

 

And we went to work. I waited until the end of the week to check items off my prodigious list. Here is the progress report:

 

 

The flower beds are all cleaned and furnished with fresh pine straw. They are now ready to plant but it is still a bit early to plant tender flowers in North Georgia, so I will wait until the final week before the tour.

 

flower beds with pine straw ready to plant
flower beds with pine straw ready to plant

 

I enjoyed the nice shapes of the plantings at the driveway entrance

 

well shaped plants at parking entrance
well shaped plants at parking entrance

 

 

We have worked for years shaping some dwarf yaupons as an entrance for a part of the front walkway. I’m very happy with the way they are looking now.

 

shaped yaupon holly for pathway border
shaped yaupon holly for pathway border

 

I still have a bit of work to do on the pool, but it’s starting to look good. We will get the water crystal clear next week.

 

A couple of days later the pool water looks good
A couple of days later the pool water looks good

 

I have been enjoying this rhododendron on the back brick pathway. I’m sure the blooms will be gone before the tour, but I am reminded of one of my favorite poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay:

“My candle burns at both ends,

It will not last the night.

But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends

It gives a lovely light.”

 

rhododendron on back brick pathway
rhododendron on back brick pathway

 

I am happy to see that the knockout roses are putting out new flower buds. My boldness in cutting the early buds just may pay off. I hope so.

 

knockout rosebuds on new growth
knockout rosebuds on new growth

 

I have replaced the straggly laurels with some very nice hydrangeas. I think it looks a lot better. I am much happier about this area now.

 

I planted hydrangeas to replace the funky looking laurels
I planted hydrangeas to replace the funky looking laurels

 

The buds on the Annabelle hydrangeas are developing nicely. I do think we will have at least some hydrangea flowers for the tour.

 

It looks like at least some of the hydrangeas will hit the deadline.
It looks like at least some of the hydrangeas will hit the deadline.

 

 

We have tended to the large weeping cherry and I dearly love the way it frames the view of the valley.

 

I love the way the weeping cherry frames the view from the mountain
I love the way the weeping cherry frames the view from the mountain

 

 

We’re right on schedule. It has been a most wonderful spring, hasn’t it?

To see a previous article about this lovely landscape garden, CLICK HERE

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If you want a consultation with John Schulz in your yard in N.W. Georgia, send me an email at wherdepony@bellsouth.net

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Published by John P.Schulz

I lost my vocal cords a while back due to throat cancer. The laryngectomy sent me on a quest to find and learn to use my new, altered voice. I am able to talk now with a really small and neat new prosthesis. My writing reflects what I have learned in my search for a voice. My site johnschulzauthor.com publishes a daily motivational quote and a personal comment. I write an article a week for my blog, johntheplantman.com which deals with a lot of the things that I do in the garden. I am also the author of Requiem for a Redneck and the new Redemption for a Redneck--novels portraying the lives and doings of folks around the north Georgia hills. I have an English Education degree from the University of Georgia and very happily married to the lovely Dekie Hicks. You may enjoy my daily Quotes and Notes at http://johnschulzauthor.com/

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3 Comments

  1. You’ve done a top job here, John. I love “before” and “after” photos. It really brings home the full extent of your artistry and,can I say, labour of love? Well done, I thoroughly enjoyed the tour!

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