I thought I'd done it this time: alter the jungle-like demeanor of the east side back garden. I started early enough, ruthlessly routing out the self-seeded Geranium 'Samaboor' and the Thalictrum. It seemed so clipped and formal back in May, only to become a mass of tangled growth by July. And now, I just don't have the fortitude for it, with mosquitoes and heat both out in full force as they are. I've also been finding poison ivy seedlings everywhere there is a bare spot, and probably where there isn't as well.
|In May, I could actually get into a spot where I could snap a photo.|
|Impenetrable former path scares me away in July.|
|Here lies the last unchecked bloom of Hydrangea serrata 'Blue Billow', which is very happy here.|
Beyond the boxwood lies the unchecked growth of Hydrangea serrata 'Blue Billow'. I still like the plant, but I'm going to have to take the hard line on its exuberance. I will have dozens of plants to give away if anyone wants this lovely woodland shrub. I will also have to yank up a few hundred Japanese anemone hybrids, which I can choose from after they bloom in late August.
Can someone remind me?