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Sevastyan Karpov
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New Crack Smartplant Review

SINCE TRISH IS AN HEIRLOOM PLANT GURU she introduces several of her favorites. The Deutzia is one of her favorites. It's an old plant but does get very large, it sprawls, is very tall and very wide. It sometimes forms colonies thus one must have plenty of room in your yard to grow Deutzia. It has beautiful white flowers in early spring and the bark exfoliates, thus has wonderful interest. The Rosa Chestnut rose are a species rose. Species is something that's never been hybridized and that means they're very hardy. But they only bloom once. They're called Chestnut Roses because when looking at the bud it's very burry, like a chestnut burr. They do get large. Occasionally here they prune them back hard to keep them out of the pathway. For this they use power pruners, sometimes chainsaws. The Gardenia thunbergil 'Rosedown' Hip Gardenia is no longer found in the trade unfortunately but they're a wonderful old Gardenia. They make a single flower that is fragrant in the summertime but it really comes into its own in the fall. Then it produces a beautiful red hip and the whole plant looks like it's in flame. Richard loves plants that provide 2 seasons of interest.Next our gardeners review some of the practices from times past. Nowadays we're a little spoiled. We run down to the nursery and get whatever we want. Back then it was more difficult. Trish knows from Martha's journal that she did purchase plants from nurseries, many in New York, but really from all over the world. These plants would be shipped in on riverboats and oftentimes when they arrived were not in good shape. And there may have only been 1 plant and with a garden of this size they wanted more than one. This means making cuttings and a lot of patience to grow that plant off. To make cuttings for years in order to get a whole garden full of that particular plant required a cold frame. The work was done by slaves that worked the property and the cold frame was heated with manure placed on the ground. As manure composts, it heats up. The cold frame faces south, thus catching the sunshine. It can be opened or closed depending on the temperature, which regulates the heat inside. The slaves who worked this garden were wonderful propagators. They could do grafting, they could do budding and they could make cuttings. And that's how this garden got to be so large. They were very talented, there was a lot of expertise here.They next look at the tools of early times. The tool shed was where the slaves would pick up their tools at the start of the workday. The tools were very simple. Simple hoes, rakes, pitchforks were used for the work in the garden. But one piece of equipment looks complicated. It is a water cart, the original water cart. It holds maybe 30 gallons of water, which would have ben filled up at the well. From the well they would have pushed it through the garden. It had a rudimentary pump with a rubber hose attached. Pump the water, then water each plant individually. But once empty push it back to the well and refill it. It would have been a group effort because it would have been very heavy, probably requiring several men to push it through the garden.Richard notices something that looks like a cookie jar. It is actually a clay bell which was used to protect young plants from early frost. It would also have been used to produce white asparagus. It doesn't have a bottom, it's placed over the plant.Top

New Crack Smartplant Review

The next area visited is strange, it almost has a construction site feel. It is quirky. IT IS THE ROCKERY and was built in 1850. This family traveled a great bit and often traveled to Europe. This garden is trying to emulate the ruin gardens of Europe. We didn't have ruins in America at that time so what they would do is go to the creek and collect native creek rock, a composite rock. They would haul it up in wagons and stack it artistically, thus creating the rockery. This was trendy for its time, a quirky garden trend. It is believed that this area also had a water feature of some sort. The old records discuss water features throughout the rockery, but we're not sure know how it worked. We do know there were no electrical pumps, thus whatever water got to and through the rocks would have been hand pumped. And, it was most likely a difficult job. This garden also had conch shells. They would have gotten the conch shells from the Gulf of Mexico and then decorated the rock with conch shells. Thus water, rocks, conch shells and some interesting plants, all were incorporated into the rockery. There are small plants planted throughout in the different crevices and these plants would have been changed out seasonally. Richard compliments Trish on picking plants for the area based on sun or shade. That's important because some of the areas are bright full sun areas and some are dark shade. They first discuss the sun plants. Ricinus communis Castor Bean Plant is a big, bold selection which contrasts with the rocks and the small plants in between the rocks. Richard likes the fact that it's a large, bold and handsome specimen to go with the rocks. There are other plants growing in the rocks. Thymus Thyme is a wonderful creeper and nicely fragrant, it has a very fine texture which provides a nice compliment against the coarse rocks. Verbena provides flowers in the summertime and they're very drought tolerant. Inside the cracks Trish has Sedum. The Sedums don't require a lot of soil and they like it very well drained, thus are perfect for a rock garden and perfect for full sun. For the shade Trish has Selaginella Peacock Moss, Spikemoss. The Moss is very fine, making a beautiful little green carpet across the rocks. It looks like a billiard table, rich and dark. Also present is Indigo. Indigo can be invasive in the south thus one must be careful with it. But something that normally might create a problem works well here. It's the perfect environment for an invasive plant.Top 350c69d7ab


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