Mar
29
2011

  Fourteen More Trees & Bushes Planted

T went out this morning and got a bunch of trees and bushes for his orchard, and planted them this afternoon. Before he left, I was out in the garden and around the pond, measuring the areas that need to be planted. It's a daunting total.

But I made progress on the ornamental plants today. On the way to my midwives, I visited two nurseries to get some idea of what they've got in stock and figure out if I want any of their stuff for "specimen" plantings.

After my appointment, I went up to Lowe's to see what they had there. Whoa-- way more than the Lowe's in Waynesboro did when I visited there earlier this month! I came back with five trees. There is one unusual tree I want from one of the nurseries, but they were closed by the time I was on my way past there going home, so I'll get it tomorrow or later.

I put a silver maple at the far end of Maple Shade Park. Now we will get shade from two different maple trees-- the red maple in the morning, and the silver maple in the afternoon. More accurately, in a few years there will be shade from that tree, but it's a start.

I put a dwarf magnolia between the lilac trees below the upper orchard, and we determined there is no more room for trees in that row, lest we start to crowd out the fruit trees in the orchard.

I put an interesting variety of crepe myrtle about 2/3 of the way over on the far side of the amphitheater, it will be behind the wildflowers once they are planted.

A large crabapple tree is now on the opposite side of the amphitheater, but a little bit further away. It will actually serve more to mark the entry to the formal pathway gardens we'll build as a shortcut from the house to the bottom of the driveway (we will develop that area in the future, not this spring). That tree will get large, so it should be visible from the front porch when it's grown. It will be visible from our bedroom window right away, which is the vantage point from which I make a lot of the large-scale decorating decisions.

The fifth tree I got is a traditional southern magnolia. It'll grow to 70', so it's definitely not going to go near the house (I am paranoid about a tree falling on the house with the harsh winds we get here, plus I can't be bothered to clean the gutters so we make sure no tall trees are close enough to get their leaves on the roof). I am leaning toward a spot about halfway down the driveway where I was at first going to put a sculpture garden, but it's now the de-facto truck entrance to the pond. I will have to measure to see if there is enough room for a giant magnolia there. If not, I might have to persuade T to chop down some of the pine trees to make room for it. I can already hear his argument that with 23 acres, surely I can find a 40' diameter spot that is already cleared, but I am not sure I can find a suitable spot that is already the perfect size. I think we want to keep most of the landscaping to the non-pasture areas if possible. The more pasture we eliminate, the greater the risk of incurring the wrath of the rural land-use inspectors. But since we are prohibited from clearing our "critical slope" land for pasture, they can't say boo if we plant ornamental trees there. I'm pretty sure they in fact encourage planting on these slopes to prevent erosion and drain-field issues.