Losing a HUGE shade tree this winter has presented some challenges to a few areas of the back garden. I've grappled with several design ideas. I've thought long and hard about what the overall best recourse would be to provide a little bit of relief to what used to be an area covered with shifting shade of the most refreshing sort.
Other than creating the new 'circle garden' and installing plant materials that don't mind the hottest mid-day sun for a few hours it's been my aim to get something shade-growing sooner than later. And, admittedly, I've really struggled and resisted my constant urge to put in another live oak that would eventually create dense shade.
It isn't anything new around here to put something in the ground to commemorate a particular event or to honor certain persons. Just one example being the four live oak trees in the back garden that are a continual reminder of how my three children grew up strong and courageous just as those trees did.
In the blink of an eye!
The oaks were planted as thin-trunked seedlings only 6 feet tall in 1992. One in honor of each child and one for the ever-stalwart and longsuffering Mr. Meems.
My family knows me well. I manage somehow to increase my plant inventory with each gift-receiving celebration day. Gardeners are good at that I think.
So in celebration of this Mother's Day I was gifted with spending a leisurely morning this week sauntering through the garden center picking out some fun gardening assets. One of them was a blooming crape myrtle tree Lagerstroemia x 'Natchez'. I settled on a standard version with a single trunk. It blooms large plumes of white flowers when mature. This new one may actually produce some blooms in about a month if all goes well. A tree of the same variety with multi-trunks can be seen in the background standing a solid 20 feet tall.
I planted the new one at an entrance to the circle garden pathway. (And just on the other side of where the large 'old drake elm' stump is still preventing me from digging.) The crape won't get as big as the elm. But being a fairly fast grower it should soon add some much needed filtered shade in that area at just the right height and width not to interfere with existing trees.
In Other Views from the Garden...
Not a big fan of canna flowers I snipped these off of the attractive leaves just after these photos.
The brilliantly hued, tropical leaves are why I plant them. They shall stay.
The day lilies that usually bloom in March have only recently started flushing out. All are situated at the base of the multi-trunked Natchez Crape Myrtle.
Happy Mother's Day to all the hard working moms!
“A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.”