Plants are getting BIG!

by Lorraine on May 17, 2009

I have somewhat slowly, come to the conclusion the Deena and I put in too many plants when we started the garden in the Fall of ’07.    It can be very deceptive when you are buying your one gallon plants, thinking that it might take awhile for them to grow and fill out. 

I must say, that that would be an understatement because they will most definately grow if you’ve done everything correctly.   The rule is that when you are laying out the garden, to space them about 3 to 4 feet apart, because the do grow quickly.   And they did and now I will have to make some decisions that I would prefer not to do!

I’m now coming to the realization that I will probably have to remove a few of them and I’m loath to do that but if I don’t, the garden will look messy and that’s not how I what it to look.

I’m already planning to dig up the CA Buckeye tree while it is still virtually a twig.   Because where it is currently located, will not be ideal spot within the near future.   And I have three Ceanothus (Far Horizons) in the main part of the garden, too.   And they have gotten to become quite large and spreading.

I’ve started to prune them from the bottom to force their growth upright and hopefully become an attractive small tree and get them under control.  Then there’s the other one called, Snowball that’s on the other side of the garden.   I’m thinking that it will need more space, too but for now, it’s still small so I won’t touch it.

I’m yanking out Seaside Daisy, Erigeron glaucus, as it has become a nuisance.   It mounds and starts to cover every plant in the immediate area.   And I thought the Poppies were bad, these cute little plants are monsters.

It’s about 90 degrees this morning and I’ve been tackling this stuff for the last two hours.   I’m hot, sweaty and ready for a fruit smoothie.

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