Wednesday, August 31, 2011

It Needs Something

I haven't really been able to put my finger on it, but something is missing here. The cabin side bed just doesn't sit right with me. It is a tough situation. A narrow bed that separates the cabin from the driveway and in the winter the snow tends to come off the roofs in a single sheet with a thud. This is a danger zone for woody plants. I have looked in to snow guards, but I prefer not to have the roofs hold all the extra weight while waiting for the snow to melt. That reminds me. I need to order some vent guards at the least.

I am sure as my baby Acer griseum grows to a larger size, part of this problem will be solved. There will be something of substance in the cabin side bed against that big blank wall. It is planted as far out from the roof as possible and right between the two roof lines. I have my fingers crossed.

It fell out of the ground at Client #1's as a mere seedling. I am not even really sure it isn't a hybrid between the Acer griseum and the other Japanese Maples in the garden. The striking red of the new foliage set it apart from the other plain green seedlings. It also does not seem very inclined to grow straight up. I saw Acer griseum in the nursery the other day for $120 bucks. I'm quite happy with my free seedling of questionable parentage.

The bottle edging still bugs me too. The bottles rise higher out of the ground as the ground got harder the closer to the service entrance I went. That needs to be fixed. It needs a little more pizazz of some sort too. I'm just not sure what. Rocks of course are always available, but I am a bit bored with rocks. I'll think on it some more.

Right now plants just sort of end up in the new beds when they present themselves or plant themselves and don't get removed. I have contemplated using some of the larger ornamental grasses for bulk. They would get squashed, but they would survive the big thud of snow. Somehow though they just don't seem right for the cabin side bed.

Landscape designers can be completely incapable of designing their own gardens, at least this one seems to be.

I could just fill the whole bed with tall annuals every year. Zinnias are good. I even collected a whole bunch of seeds from some purple Cleome, Spider Flowers, at the posh estate as a possibility for next year.


Lisa at Greenbow said...

How about a pencil holly? They are so thin you could plant it away from the thud zone and it would still give you ever green and height. ??? I don't know what to tell you about those bottles. Something will come to you. Love the little red maple.

Les said...

Sometimes seedlings of questionable heritage turn into stars.

lh said...

Maybe a tall metal sculpture? Could be made out of found objects. The zinnias are wonderful.

Lola said...

I have no clue, but I'm with you. It does need something. I have a pencil holly in a corner to have the height that I feel is needed but it is so slow growing. maybe I'm not doing something right about it's growth. The snow factor is an issue.
It will come to you. Let us know what you decide. Am interested.

Layanee said...

Oh, you will think of something fabulous. Garden up on a trellis or something. I can't wait to see what you choose. It will just get cozier.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I think we all agree that something with height is the ticket! The Acer may well solve the problem with time; perhaps for now something which will shoot up quickly during the growing season will fill in. The sunflowers looked like fun. :)


Laurrie said...

Um, that seedling of questionable heritage does not have acer griseum leaves at all. It looks like acer palmatum. The young spreading growth habit and the leaf shapes look very Japanese maple.

I agree the side needs something, but I expect it will eventually be lovely with the acer palmatum and maybe add a pencil holly as Lisa suggested for contrast and height.

Once plants fill in, the bottle edging will no longer be the sole focal point, and they will work as a sun-catching hint layered between horizontal gravel, the plants you put in, and the vertical siding. I like all the potential here.

Christopher C. NC said...

Laurrie I do believe you are right. I guess I was thrown because I found it beneath Acer griseum and the seedling leaves were not yet five lobed. Then it stuck. Now it's parentage is even more questionable. There are three suspects in the garden. yea I thought the bottles would fade into the scenery when things fill in more.

But I hate pencil holly Lisa.

Well Les now it is a real crap shoot since Laurrie has pointed out my, duh, mistake in ID.

Lois you know my mind goes there. My budget doesn't and I think well how hard can it be to weld something?

Lola time will tell. The right plants and objects will find me. Besides things can always be rearranged.

Layanee it would have to be a sturdy trellis. I have a used metal one laying off in the lush that was bent by the snow load at its former home. I'll think of something at some point or just wait a few years for my Acer palmatum to grow. If it turns in to a weeping form it will need some tall staking.

Fairegarden said...

It needs vertical, for sure. How about gathering up some scrap lumber and hammering something together for a temporary fix? You can move and adjust the size to see what pleases you. The bottles need a sprawling colorful evergreen ground cover, what is the exposure? Heucheras if some shade. Those can be divided nicely over time. Blue fescue if sunny, such a nice color all year and again easily divided. Time is on your side.