Last time I counted, there were more than 6 dozen Japanese boxwoods, some more than forty years old, some more recently rooted. Sometimes when I prune, I stick cuttings in the ground. Not all root. Those that do are sometimes ill placed.
I spent the better part of the morning moving two 2-foot boxwoods, separating the too-close shrubs and moving the one behind the Punica out and to the north of it.
Here, one of the original Boxwoods on the left, the newly located one center and one on the right newly moved from beside the one at far left. A new cross path will cut between the two at left.
A view from the opposite direction with three boxwoods. Punica is the taller shrub in the center with pale gold leaves, another between it and the tall magnolia at far right.
I did not point out the moving of various perennials and bulbs that were
also ill-placed. Several feet of edging remains to do.
Yet another view of the boxwood that moved from the Punica at right.
Punicas were here before I came. They bloom after the azaleas, pretty
orange and white striped blooms. Not popular in the nursery trade, but
In the foreground ahead of the Pomegranate is a
tree rose devised from a Queen Elizabeth cutting. Almost seven feet tall,
the trunk is 44 inches tall with four stems growing above the stem.
After the first flush of bloom, I will cut it back severely. Initial late
winter pruning was only for shaping. The original rose bush finally
died, dating from the 1960s. This is the only cutting that survived,
now several years old.
I digressed from Boxwoods to talk about Punicas and Roses.
There is always pruning to be done here. The pets formed
a tunnel under these. At one time I pruned the top meatballs
into chicken shapes. Chickens required too much maintenance.
Most were already here, planted too close. I hack at them all winter,
stopping in summer wthen wasps start building nests and taking up again
when frost takes out the insects to which I am allergic. To entertain
myself, I cut them into shapes, not quite so ambitious as those at
public gardens maintained by professionals, but amusing to shape.
Not as popular as they once were, boxwood does add winter color and lend
themselves to informal gardens as well as to formal gardens where they are
kept clipped in geometric shapes.
What say you? Are you a fan of clipped hedges?