Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Golden Privet and Fall Aster Maintenance

Last weekend I got a lot of garden chores finished. It's amazing how much you can get done when you don't have the Internet to distract you! :)

Nonetheless, I am happy as a clam in the pre-oil spill days, to report that I bought a new computer and am back posting in real time.

One of my weekend chores was to trim the fall asters to about half their size. They get about 5/6 feet tall and are rather unruly---slightest rain storm causes them to flop, so I like to shorten them up. Here is a clump before its haircut:

and after:
I will probably cut it back once more around the end of June. Then I will leave it alone so it has time to form flower buds. Cutting back may cause the bloom to be a little later, but to me that's better than having them all on the ground after it rains.

I have two golden privet bushes in this garden. I like the constant limey-yellow foliage color.
I decided I needed one right where the red X is below so I would have a triangle formation of golden privet.

So I went back to the rockwall garden and dug one up. It was growing too close to an Alberta Spruce so I did it a favor by bringing it out front where it would get more sun. I will also enjoy it more out here. It should turn a little more golden once it gets some sunlight.

Here is my triangle formation:

There is also a triangle of Alberta Spruce just beyond this area. I'm big on triangles!


  1. I just found your blog and I am loving it!:-) I have started a perennial garden and am making plenty of notes from your blog. I live in the southern part of the state, so I'm almost in your zone. Your gardens are so pretty and I look forward to reading your recipes and cleaning tips as well as your gardening tips and seeing the transformation of your flower beds.

  2. you got a lot done...looks great...

  3. Pam,
    Welcome! I am so glad you are enjoying your visit.

    Thanks, Deb.It feels so good to get a lot of work done on a weekend!

  4. I love the yellow foliage also! I have some Creeping Jenny near my lily garden and I asked Bri to leave it alone and let it creep along and be happy. : )
    You have a 'smoke monster' in your last photo-my nod to 'Lost'. I guess you are blurring out the neighbors' property.

  5. Pay no attention to the crap behind the trees! Haha!

    Your garden is awesome. I like the golden privet too, but have killed both that I have owned. Golden barberry is similar but is full of thorns! But it's what I grow because it grows.

  6. Sylvana, I wish I would have said that! LOL. Yes, Dianne, I am tryinhg to hide the neighbors house.


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