Sunday, June 3, 2012

Will Our Boxwoods Ever Be So Nice?

This is a photo of our house in The Netherlands. Actually, it is a photo of the front entrance of our house. When we moved there in the late 1980's, there was no front door.

I just wanted you to see our geranium window boxes and our boxwood border. Will our boxwoods that we have planted around the gravel by our front door in the US ever look like this?

I remember planting all of those boxwood plants in The Netherlands. My husband had laboriously set the concrete edges of the driveway in December. The following March he dug all the holes, and I bent down and planted the boxwood plants. I had so much muscle pain the following work day, that I called in sick. I could not get out of bed!

Planting our self-rooted boxwood plants here is almost as difficult. Here our soil is miserable clay, so you have to add soil in each hole so the boxwoods will grow. Last Spring we did a reasonable job of planting, and we still lost two plants. Overwatered? Underwatered? Your guess is as good as mine. This Spring we were too late to add the next self-rooted plants (goal: to get from the entrance to the road). The weather was way too hot, and this time I did not help with watering the holes, etc. My poor hub did the hot work all by himself. We see that we have already lost a few plants, but I am rooting a whole bunch in two big window boxes on the front porch. Next Spring we will be on time.

We have a long way to go to get to the road!

1 comment:

Linda said...

I have written 150 entries! Job well done, don't you think?