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Scrubber's Journal

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Decisions decisions...

06 September 2017 00:05:16

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Scrubber recently had an idea which came to him out of the blue or on a direct trajectory from Cherub Lute. Wouldnt it be a grand idea to dig out a circle around the dogwood tree in the lower lawn and fill it in with something. Then later Buxus sempervivens swum into his mind and he thought it might look quite posh!

Over to Arboretum and two trays of Buxus for a tenner each. Now as you know in these trays, each little punnet has four rooted slips of box. Scrubber being very thrifty, up tothis has always separated these into single plants and so instead of six plants he gets 24 plantlets. And they doo quite well and come along nicely. Now Eamonn in the Arboretum-most helpful advisor- was a little surprised at my method and he unintentionally sowed the seed of doubt in Scrubbers mind.

So this time Scrubber divided each into two plantlets and set the 24 little sections in the circle around the tree. They looked fine but Scrubber was troubled. On a lovely walk down in St Mullins he decided to act and when he came home this evening he divided the 24 into 48 and replanted them. He had six over and put those in another bed. And now even though they are thinner he feels that in a year or two he will have a more closely knit little circle of box around his variegated dogwood.

That being decided he went down the scrub and lopped a few beech branches to let in more light in that area. Beech are great to lop as you get a very large area covered by each Branch but then the disposal of same is a different matter!

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Jacinta D Jacinta D 06 September 2017 07:58:22

You have so many beautiful areas in your garden, Peter. And this one promises to be as good as the rest. I'd love to see an 'overview' of your entire garden in a photo.

I love it in St. Mullins. I caught many a twaite shad in the Barrow in my younger days. And it still remains as unspoilt today as it was then. Do you live near St. Mullins?

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 06 September 2017 08:29:30

That is looking good, Peter. What reason did Eamon give for not dividing up the box cuttings? I would have done the same and got four from each section. 

Scrubber Scrubber 06 September 2017 20:28:09

The twaite shad is still there Jacinta. No chance of an overview as the tallest tree wont take scrubber's weight and he hasnt a drone! (Cackle from G Nome!) Mary No definite reason-just thought I think they would not be strong enough but they thrive here!!!

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 14 September 2017 20:14:20

I'm only catching this journal now - I'm wondering what will become of the grass inside the box? Just wondering ......


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