|Rhododendron strigillosum, another rhododendron subject to deer grazing. I like this species, but this plant will also have to go.|
|Acer circinatum, also caged until it grows tall enough to escape the deer.|
|Cornus florida, caged until it outgrows the deer, and seems to be doing so quite rapidly.|
|My brother and I worked hard on this rock wall and the border around the rest of the bed and I worked hard on the design. Imagine my hurt to come home and see it like this.|
|The soil is very rich. These daylilies were given by a friend of my mother, and are the same as the ones planted along the dry creek bed. However, the raised area and rich soil mean they are much farther along and 2 or 3 times the size of the others.|
|This Acer griseum is actually SUPPOSED to be in this bed. It is intended to be the centerpiece of the design, though it has many years of maturing to do.|
|These Osmanthus heterophyllus 'Goshiki' are also in their intended places. I need to look at the design again, if I can find it, but I think I wanted 3 of these. The smaller one was a very lopsided rescue that is coming back very nicely.|
|This wide open section along the road needs plants to block the view of the neighbor and road. I'm thinking of trying a few Ceanothus, Leptospermum, and Callistemon, as this is possibly the sunniest, driest, best-draining area on the property.|
|Someday, this deodar cedar will cast a wide-shadow over this area. It also has a cage to protect it from the bucks.|
|This is one of my favorites of the rhodies we inherited. The early, numerous blooms and attractive foliage makes it a winner to me.|
To-Do list for these areas:
- Prune out the watersprouts from the star magnolia
- Replace the Japanese maple with . . .
- Replace the Rhododendron strigillosum with . . .
- Add more plants to the row
- Move rhododendrons and other plants from their "temporary" places in the Acer griseum bed to more permanent homes
- Round-up thistles and weed the Acer griseum bed
- PLANT the Acer griseum bed with things I actually WANT there!
- Add Ceanothus, Leptospermum, and Callistemon (any other suggestions?) along the road
- Weed the bed mound with the two rhodies and plant with weed-smothering, deer resistant ground covers
- Add trees and shrubs throughout this whole area
Obviously, this list will require more than one year to complete, but it gives me plenty to work on while I'm here and I don't plan on leaving the Northwest again, at least not for several years, so I'll still be close enough to keep working on this list when I visit.
Are you still there? I hope these horrors haven't scarred anyone. I still have a lot more to show...