Earlier in the summer I realized I had to do some renovating in a flower bed we created 9 years ago. The ninebark now leans towards the sun to the south west and is impeding my peony 'Falcon' from flowering. It is also getting in the way of a switch grass. It is a minor nuisance along a stone path in the bed. But what needed to be divided and moved was the rudbeckia 'Goldsturm' which was growing between the stones. So a couple of days ago I began removing and replanting the rudbeckia. Then I shifted the direction of the path so I could actually walk through. I only thought of taking a few photos at the end of my hard labour.
When the leaves fall from the ninebark I will give it a haircut. This one is 'Dart's Gold', and it is a lovely chartreuse in early spring. It darkens over the summer but does retain some lime-ness in colour. Right underneath it is the peony. Needless to say it is now overwhelmed and did not flower this year. The chartreuse of the ninebark with the burgundy of the peony are a sublime combination, so I would like to keep them near each other. I am trying to figure out where to place it, preferably without having to transplant the Itea 'Henry's Garnet' as well.
|See the peony tucked under the ninebark? That's the Itea in front with all that colour. Other peonies on either side, one is mildewed....|
It is also about time to do some fall cleaning before the winter. As you can see the peonies need to be cut down, and with all the rain we have had there are bits of branches down everywhere. I am not one who really cleans, instead I tidy, leaving winter interest where I can. I am also somewhat lazy. Interpret that however you like.