1 Early one morning I drew a diagram and reviewed with Ryan where and how I wanted all that boxwood planted. Here he and Gyurme are positioning the 50 Green Velvet boxwood plants in the summerhouse boxwood garden.
2 Green Velvet is a broad-mounded, compact form of boxwood that will mature to 2-4’ tall and as wide.
3 The Green Velvet box was to be planted along the length of one side of the garden.
4 Ryan also positioned the 100 Tide Hill boxwood, a charming, dwarf, spreading boxwood that grows to only 1' in height.
5 When it was clear where the shrubs were to be planted, the pots were moved aside and a string was set up as a planting guide.
6 The string stretched down the length of the bed.
7 Next, a measuring tape was positioned near the string for even plant spacing.
8 The first hole was dug.
9 Organic Bio-Tone Starter was added to the hole. We use this Epsoma product for all transplants. This all-natural plant food has bacteria, humates and mycorrhizae, which help to increase root mass to avoid transplant loss, as well as increase shoot growth.
10 A boxwood was placed in the hole.
11 And its roots covered with soil
12 The 100 Tide Hill boxwood were planted in the same manner.
13 You can see in this photo that this large garden extends off the stone terrace of the summer house.
14 While the boxwood were being planted, Gyurme was filling in the space around the garden with some of the 20 flats of pachysandra purchased at Hardscrabble.
15 Because it's late in the season, the flats were separated into clumps of 4 - 5 plants and those clumps were planted a few inches apart.
16 Pachysandra is a great ground cover that, as it spreads, really helps to keep weeds at bay.
17 This should fill in quite nicely next spring.
18 This is what the garden looks like today - an exciting work in progress. I think this will eventually be a lovely spot for entertaining.
19 Meanwhile, Ryan was planting more pachysandra along the boxwood border along the side of my house.
20 Again, this ground cover will look great next spring.
21 The Hardscrabble purchase also included a pair of Weeping White Spruce - Picea glauca 'Pendula' and a Threadleaf White Cedar - Thuja occidentalis 'Filiformis'.
22 I decided that the pair of Weeping White Spruce would be planted outside the front door of the tenant house. Here Pete is measuring the root ball to determine how large the hole should be.
23 The hole was dug according to his measurement.
24 Some Organic Bio-tone Starter was added to the hole and mixed in with the soil.
25 The spruce was lowered into the hole.
26 Phurba checked to see that it was plumb.
27 A little more Bio-tone
28 And the hole was filled in.
29 As these spruce grow taller, their slim, weeping form will accent the tenant house very nicely.
30 I also bought a pair of Ilex x aquipernyi, or Dragon Lady Holly, to replace a couple of lilac bushes, which weren't growing very nicely.
31 Dragon Lady is a female cultivar that grows as an upright, symmetrical, very narrow pyramid, eventually maturing to 10-20’ tall and to 4-6’ wide. It sports an abundance of bright red berries all winter long.
32 Bio-tone again
33 And nicely planted!
34 This is one of those lilac bushes. You can see how thin the leaves are.
35 The lilac were loaded onto the dump truck and were taken to a remote part of the farm where they were replanted. I will hope for the best.
36 The two Dragon Lady Holly are positioned at the entrance to the tennis court.
37 This area of the farm is called the pinetum, an area planted with pine trees or related conifers. I really love this collection of trees and they are growing so nicely.
38 The Thuja occidentalis filiformis is now planted in the pinetum. This is a very interesting and rather rare evergreen, which features acrhing sprays of fine, thread-like bright green foliage on a mounding, haystack form, reaching a height of 7' - 8' tall.