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Monday, December 14, 2009

just when you thought it was over...


Remember a few weeks ago I posted that all my gardens were neatly put to bed for the winter?

I foolishly thought my outdoor work was done for the season, but just found out that a client is replacing her fence next week. Which means someone (me) had to cut the woody vines (Hydrangea petiolaris, Schizophragma hydrangeoides) off the fence, transplant six shrubs that might be in the way, and mark any perennials whose crowns would be damaged by heavy work boots trodding upon them. Fortunately the ground wasn't frozen on Monday morning. I feel lucky to have sneaked in under the weather wire.

The thought of construction workers stamping through the garden makes me nervous. Even though the perennials have been cut back for the winter, their crowns and roots are still vulnerable to soil compaction damage. I'll never forget being reprimanded by Brent Heath (in the nicest way possible) that just because I couldn't see a plant where I was stepping, didn't mean there wasn't something sensitive just beneath the soil surface.

Admittedly, the fence is in bad shape, not to mention encroaching into our garden by 6-8 inches. I'm sure the construction will be worthwhile from an aesthetic p.o.v., not to mention the extra square footage, but still, I worry.

Fingers crossed.

2 comments:

Shady Gardener said...

You seem to be having to tolerate a lot of restructuring in your garden areas... hopefully it will all be worth it in the long run! :-) Merry Christmas!

Ellen Zachos said...

Thanks Shady, I'm sure I'll be a better gardener for it!

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