When I look back on this hot and humid summer, one of the most disappointing yet comical gardening lessons I’ve learned is that hedges don’t necessarily like sun. Who knew?
You see, I was in need of a change and wanted to get my hands dirty and didn’t have any money to spend. Rather than rearrange my living room furniture, I felt the need to re-arrange my yard. It would be great, I decided. I needed to get outside more, I wanted some physical activity. Yup, the decision was made and I was on a mission.
There was an added benefit. It was something the family could do together. You know, “sweat together, stay together”? I recruited my son, who was home from college and my husband, who came up with the idea of creating a fence with them, and we spent a few hours out in the hot sun digging them up, then transplanting them into new holes.
Wheelbarrow in hand, we also used our neighbor’s extra compost in the holes. Hey, they begged us. More than a month prior to this, they had an entire truckload of compost delivered, and found it was much more than they could use. They were desperate to get rid of the pile near their driveway. I happily complied. See? Everything was working out. It would be great! 🙂
I couldn’t wait to move these darn things; I hated those hedges along the front of the house. They were growing toward the sun so were quite askew and a couple were downright scrappy on the backside (see photo). I thought that if I gave them full sun on all sides, they would fill out and create a nice, inexpensive (FREE) border fence for our side yard. Logical, rational thinking, right?
And, as someone who has worked for a plant nursery and grew up on a 2-acre piece of property with access to even more acreage…hence, a medium farm and many gardens…well, you’d think I’d know better!
Well, it turns out I’ve never planted hedges before so it never dawned on me that some hedges might NOT like full sun! I’ve planted hundreds, no, thousands of vegetables, plenty of flowers, even some trees but I’ve never planted hedges. And that part of my brain that KNOWS all plants have different sunlight needs? Yeah, that part simply did not kick in…at all…as you can see. 😦
Yeah, yeah, go ahead and laugh. I hear you anyway. It’s okay. I can’t help but chuckle and shake my head myself.
What gardening and/or planting lessons have you learned this summer? Please share so I know I’m not alone in this…please. 😀
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