Good morning SOS friends! It has been a beautiful week in the 70’s here! Yikes, that is very warm for this time of year! So, we have been making hay while the sun shines so to speak……….well mostly raking and pruning and raking and digging and hauling …….
My camellias are all in fine form……this is the tea camellia, “Dragon In the Clouds” or “Zig Zag” camellia. It grows a branch to the left and then a branch to the right and keeps on marching upwards! It also has beautiful cherry red blooms………..
These are the oldest camellias in my garden and I can’t remember their official name, but they look good every year!
This is the spot the three dogwoods, “Silver and Gold” were planted in last week. Beyond this area to the right, we cleared out two bazillion leaves…… We decided to clear all the brush, leaves, tree limbs and everything else up to the woodland park that is next to our property. Mind you, this has never been cleaned up since we bought the cottage (eleven years ago) and I got tired of looking at the jumble and took a little liberty with imminent domain. We raked and raked and hauled leaves and everything else from a strip about 50 feet long and 15 feet wide and about three foot deep of debris! We found old rake heads, pruning shears, big spikes, (that look like they held something down at one time) and lots of big boulders. I think this property must have been an old farm at one time. And, we pulled poison oak as thick as small trees off the trees. Well, hubby did that. Some vines were thirty feet long or longer! Anyway, that area is spick and span for now………
I have been reading and looking in earnest at all the blogs about snowdrops. So, I ordered this book and it came this week. I think I am enchanted with snowdrops now! I’ve decided to plant some around my hellebores and those dogwoods in my Woodland Garden. I’ve had a heck of a time finding them however…… Most nurseries, that specialize in them, are sold out already for next years planting in the fall. What? But, I did order four varieties from my true and trusted gardening friends at Old House Gardens that specialize in heirloom plants. I have never bought a bulb from them that didn’t grow beautifully as promised. So, I am excited about those!
Last fall, I decided I wanted a chalkboard on the wall by the door that goes out to the garden. Hubby painted it for me and then I had the fun of writing on it. I named many of the plants in my garden and then to add another dimension I added note cards with flower designs that I bought in a delightful art studio in St Ives, Cornwall. The notecards at the bottom of the chalkboard are different homes and gardens in the National Trust in the UK. I believe I bought those at Sissinghurst, the garden of Vita Sackville-West. If you would like to see the post’s I wrote about Sissinghurst look HERE or HERE.
And lastly, remember the pick ax I showed last week? It came in really handy, along with the crow bar. We had major water problems when workman cut my underground watering system and the water ran and ran down the hill, off and on for over two weeks when we were gone on one of our vacations! One of the dog walkers noticed all the water in my backyard and smartly turned off the main water supply, but all those rocks, that made a winding rock bed over the French drains, were covered in four inches of dirt and the rocks at the top half of the creek could not be seen at all! So, yesterday hubby dug them all up, washed them, replaced the dirt below the rocks and put them back above ground where they were supposed to be! I did my best at supervising…………….
I hope you have enjoyed my SOS this week! I always look forward to Saturdays when I can read all about your garden adventures!
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