Sorry for having been absent from The Collected Room for a bit! It is a very busy time at Chestnut Cottage, especially in the garden! This past week, we installed a new boxwood hedge at our upper “car park”.
When I first started the garden at Chestnut Cottage, I installed some lovely Schipka laurel (Prunus Laurocerasus Schipkaensis) to make a hedge around the car park. I loved the dark green leaves and the fact that they were evergreens. After a few years the hedge started to get “shothole” disease, which is a common bacterial disease of this plant. Each year the disease became worse, in spite of continued efforts to “cure” this very unsightly disease!
Finally the individual trees in the hedge began to completely die!
After much investigation on a different type of hedge…yew, boxwood, hornbeam, we decided on my favorite….BOXWOOD! The only downside to this selection, was finding tall plants. We were so spoiled to how tall the laurels had become. Determining we could only find 6-7 foot boxwoods was rather depressing for me. I do love instant gratification, but gardening has long been my major lesson in patience. So after much consideration, we set about securing the boxwoods. Lucky for us, a grower in Burnsville, NC, which is only an hour or so from Chestnut Cottage , had some lovely 6 foot plus Millstone Towers. This is an American boxwood variety, which were about 3-4 foot wide, which helps with my “instant gratification” issue.
If only they will grow quickly!! So last week, out came the laurels…
And in came the new boxwood!
But we are still about two plants short of what we need! So hopefully our grower can find two more this size in his field!
We also replaced two pyramidal laurels coming into the garden with two beautiful round boxwoods. I will under plant these with some interesting textured plants!
So now my lesson in patience continues as I wait for these lovely plants to fill out so we can “box” them up into a wonderful hedge.
But for now, the rhododendrons are blooming…
Along with my miniature lilacs…
And lupins…which I love…
And lots of other plants are quickly filling up the garden!
There’s always so much to do in the spring garden and this week it is time to plant all of the window boxes and planters!
Stay tuned for another VERY important arrival to Chestnut Cottage this week…he is white, will likely love the garden, and his name is DUNCAN MACDUFF GREELEY!