December was THE month for planting in South Carolina. Yes, I planted a dozen trees and 14 shrubs. The bulbs were plants in January. The shrubs were a great purchase from the Abbeville Cooperative Extension Tree Sale. Last year I bought three dogwoods and three redbuds and a couple pecans. Sadly the pecans did not make it through the winter.
This year I bought only shrubs through this sale. Nine of the shrubs are Spirea vanhouttei. Six were planted along the very long driveway. I thought I was staggering the plantings but after I was done it appears they are paired, across the driveway from one another. The other three were planted on the side of my playhouse/shed that faces the ajoining property. All these shrubs have ample room to grow to full size. The nice thing about this spirea is that it can be planted in full sun to part shade. This picture below is the nine, bundled together, each having a nice baseball-ish rootball.
I also bought a snowball Viburnum, probably a Viburnum opulus, though I didn't get a botanical name to go along with this one. It is planted in the lowest part of the backyard. Finally, the last one I bought and probably the one I wanted most-- Oakleaf Hydrangea, Hydrangea quercifolia. I have some small ones in the back garden but really wanted one to fill a space along the driveway. Knowing this shrub can get to be the size of a small pickup truck, I am giving it all the room in the world. Right now it is a straight stem, abou 3 feet long. Come on spring!!!
The trees were purchased/received through the Arbor Day Foundation. I got the ten 'free' flowering trees when I joined. I wanted a Sassafras tree and received a free Red Maple....so twelve trees to plant. Two of each of the following were planted- dogwood- Cornus florida, redbud- Cercis canadensis, Flowering Crab Apple- Malus sargentii, Goldenrain Tree- Koelreuteria paniculata, Washington Hawthorn- Crataegus phaenopyrum. These darling dozen were all about the size of a watercolor paintbrush. In order to know where these little babies are located, I tied a little piece of green ribbon around each. It has helped in locating them when I water and will help in the spring when I check to see if they survived the winter.
|Redbud next to soaker hose|
|Crabapple -- so small it needed a stick next to it and some rocks to mark the spot|
This photo below shows the red Maple. It was wrapped with a sticky label...the little white dot the arrow is pointing to.
Here is a blowup.
We will see if these tiny trees make it, I worry about animals walking over them and snapping them off.
This is my notebook, I have marked every single plant I either brought with us from Virginia, was given by friends, and the hundreds I purchased and planted since moving here a year ago July. I also write down where bulbs are planted, it helps when looking for them or knowing where NOT to plant more bulbs.
Spring is going to be spectacular in South Carolina....stay tuned!!!
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