Thursday, April 1, 2010

We (the Asian Collections) got a new volunteer last week, Tatton Blackner: I gave him the most difficult, physically demanding job we had

Tatton came back this week to finish the job that I selfishly saved for him, and brought his parents, Rod and Diana to help.  They were in town from Paso Robles, California innocently visiting. Wow.They may not make that mistake again!

We're redoing some of the area surrounding the Garden Club of America Circle and that involves a few removals. A semicircular bed of Sarcococca lay between the paved circle and a low terracing dry stone wall above it. Sarcococca is a perfect plant for the site; it's a low evergreen with pleasantly fragrant flowers. The only problem is that one side of the circle is much wetter than the other and Sarcococca doesn't like that much moisture. The planting was beautiful on the south end, but less happy the farther north you went, finally becoming embarassingly patchy for its last 20 feet.We decided it had to go. Between a thick root system and the heavy mud it was growing in,removing it was not easy.

In conquering the Sarcococca,they followed the steps outlined in the pictures. First they analyzed the situation, then undercut, then pulled and rolled, then loaded it, finally standing triumphant over the vanquished groundcover. We didn't compost everything; we used portions of the healthy area to patch another Sarcococca bed.

1 comment:

Christine said...

I saw this spot this evening while walking. Whoa! I can see where it was wettish, but was equally intrigued by the Sarcaccoa growing through the stone wall. Craziness. Didn't know it did that. Also walked the lower path behind camellias (from Dogwood)and saw the bench down there. Had never walked that path before, believe it or not! Nice view to the river. Purdy down there, if I do say so.