Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Pretty in Pink
This is our second attempt at a home landscaping beautification project. We tried to consult an expert, but, after an initial visit, the company never got back to us. (You don't want our money? Well, OK, I guess we'll figure it out ourselves. That's a scary thought if you know our aptitude for gardening!)
In September 2010, the Ninnescah Rural Electric Company hired tree trimmers to give "haircuts" to trees that could impact power lines. The trees bordering our north drive were old and straggly anyway, so we figured it would be an improvement. Besides, we are big fans of electricity!
However, after the trees were removed, it quickly became a place for weeds to flourish. So much for beautification!
Last year, Randy planted crepe myrtle along the north drive. We saw it in my folks' yard and liked the look. Though they never got very big, they produced some beautiful flowers in the fall.
Randy talked to Stutzman's Greenhouse, who said others had experienced similar winterkill with crepe myrtle after the extreme cold. They suggested Rose of Sharon to make a hedge barrier. So Randy planted two different varieties. Lavender Chiffon Rose of Sharon is blooming now.