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Acorns to Oaktrees

September 11th, 2013 at 10:23 pm

Heather

in: General

Heather

frontBefore
Cedar of Lebanon on the left. Front yard when we bought the house.

houseAfter
Cedar of Lebanon skirted.

Twenty years ago, we had a large Cedar of Lebanon in our front yard. As you can see on the left, it was the front yard. We skirted the tree, and that made it possible to plant underneath. We tried a variety of heathers, and most of them did just fine in the deep shade that the tree gave on its north side.

Well, that tree dropped 2 inches of debris every year. I was pregnant and cleaning up debris when I decided to agree with Rob’s proposal to remove the tree.

That was it for many of the shade plants that we had in the front, but this heather has survived and spread. It’s really quite lovely when it blooms. I can’t capture it in a photo. And I’m really surprised at how well a heather has done in Livermore. It’s over 100°F/38°C today, but the heather is thriving.

I don’t really know how to prune it, so some dead stuff from last year is still there. When I get around to it, I’ll remove it …. maybe …. if I feel like it. :)

I really like it when I get fun surprises like this in the garden.

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