Helen's Garden Renovation Project

Friday 6 April 2012

A brown April

Filed under: Magnolia,Progress — Helen @ 4:53 pm

After our almost-record-breakingly hot March, we have had a chilly start to April. The early rhododendron and my magnolia have both gone brown. If the magnolia’s flowers were meant to be that colour, they would be quite pretty.

Brown Magnolia

A frost-damaged magnolia flower

I have planted the Euonymus europaeus Red Cascade. The poor thing looks like a terrified sacrifice victim tied to a stake.

Euonymus europaeus Red Cascade

Euonymus europaeus Red Cascade

I have also planted the small bay tree. I am going to have to rearrange my black polythene compost bags to try and keep the weeds out as much as possible. Ultimately I need lots of ground cover plants, but while the shrubs are establishing I think they would appreciate not having the competition.

I repotted my three Callicarpa and the rhododendron into larger pots because they were getting too thirsty too quickly. I realised at this point that my blueberries, which are of four different varieties, do not have any identification on them. I think I could look them all up and place them in order of fruiting, and then decide from observations which is which. My dad thinks I should get a life.

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