Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Make Over #2 - The Holly Bed Corner

The Holly Bed Corner is another make over in the garden that was spread out over three months or so. Yes, I told you I was slow. We had this gigantic American Holly that was the Darth Vader of the garden. You say you don't remember seeing it?? That is because it was a male, meaning that it didn't bear any of the lovely red fruits for seasonal color and bird feasting. It just stood there like the giant light sucking, space hogging, House Sparrow Condo that it became.  While I love House Sparrows I don't like it when a couple of hundred of them congregate in my garden. They make more mess than they are of help...oops I digress.

I can tell that I didn't especially like this corner of the garden because I don't have a head on picture of this corner. Always photos around the edges of this brute such as below.
I just didn't like the way it loomed over the plantings.
Back in the deepest part of this corner was a Pussy Willow that got so tall reaching for the sky that I couldn't reach stems in the spring to bring in and force. 
So this summer was the time to take back this corner. I was going to call someone to take it out but my DB likes a challenge from time to time.
 So we limbed up this brute.
 With the six foot step ladder standing there you can tell how tall the holly was.
 Then like magic, three truck loads of limbs to the limb pile later, it was down.
It wasn't easy getting the stump out. At this point my DB was sorry he didn't hire this done.
 But being the bulldog that he can be he got it out.
Now it was up to me to clear out all the plants I didn't want, that didn't like the lack of light and basically start anew. There were some plants I wanted to save. They were rearranged, thinned out or moved to another site.
 So here it is in all it's glory. A Silverbell (Halesia carolina 'Rosy Ridge') tree was placed as the center piece. I can't wait to see it blooming next spring. An Oakleaf Hydrangea that a gardening friend of mine gave me. A new to the garden daylily, Winter Vision. I planted a little Alberta Spruce that had been in a pot several years here for some winter interest. We should have some color here year round.
As you can see the path goes all around this garden I will give you the full 5¢ tour.
 Above is how I see it when I come toward it from the house. Looking at it from the West I will call it.

 This is from the South side.
 East side.
And finally the North.
            Even the pitaful Pussy willow in the corner that got a severe cut back is looking quite happy with more light. I think everything in this corner is looking happier with more light except the poor hostas that were on the inside along the fence. Next year they will look better after getting used to more light. I can't wait until everything recovers and fills in.
Now that the Holly is gone. Another name hasn't been given to this bed/corner. I guess I will have to wait to see what sticks in my mind. Our apple tree has been gone for a couple of years and I still call that bed the Apple Tree bed. Does anything come to mind to you?



  1. What a man, well done DB. I like a bit of a challenge myself but that would have been beyond me.
    It will take time to establish itself Lisa but it is going to look great. Cannot wait to see updates as the seasons progress.

    Being a softie, I do feel a little sorry for the house sparrows.
    I cut a large conifer down recently....basically it was dying. The sad thing is it was used by blackbirds and song thrush during the breeding season. Cannot tell you how guilty I felt :(

  2. I love silverbells! I had to leave one behind in my old garden. That was one tall holly! Good job on hubby for digging out the stump. What a lot of work!

  3. Lots of work but what a gorgeous garden~

    Happy Week to you ~ ^_^

  4. Well done! The Silverbell will be lovely I'm sure, great choice. There are lots of them at the Lincoln Memorial Garden in Springfield.

  5. Three months is not long--seriously, I'm impressed. Lookin' good.

  6. I don't think three months is long either, especially when a tree that size has to be removed and you are doing it yourselves. I can't imagine taking out a holly as it must have been quite prickly! I planted a second Silverbell a few years ago because I love our older one so much. A great tree in any season and one that can be high pruned if you want more light. Why not call this bed 'Rosy Ridge'?

  7. Lisa girl I haven't been around much so I didn't know about your garden renovations .. wow ! .. getting that holly monster out was quite an accomplishment (we know from experience how hard some "trees" can be to get rid of .. sumac are notorious !) ... Hey I understand about too many birds .. they will find another nesting spot and be fine ... now you have your garden spot back for yourself and it is looking great .. it will fill in and look amazing next year !
    Take care
    Joy : )

  8. I am impressed--that was one big holly! I don't think three months is a long time, either; I can put off finishing things for years:) It will be fun to see how this garden evolves. Now I'm going to have to do some research on silverbells, since everyone is raving about them.


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