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The saga continues....
The Eastern Pansy Redbud's saga is on the page about Redbuds. As you could see from the last photo on that page, the tree had very few leaves and we cut it back quite severely... but a new story emerges...
When the gentleman from whom we buy our roses came to see the garden, he sadly shook his head, and said, "that tree will not make it through another winter".
Of course, he just happened to have one to replace it. When I smiled, he explained that our tree is USDA zone 6 (which could easily translate to zone 7 where we are - a whole 2 zones beyond our 5a)
He said the one he had was a zone 4... and... it was weeping. This was exciting.
Mulling over the cost of another tree, we finally made the decision when he sent a photo... it was perfect.
Now... where do we put it?
First, we had already decided that we needed a focal point - to stop the eye from seeing the whole garden at once while standing at the top of the stairs. (see the red oval)... and we had also decided we needed a weeping burgundy tree where the curved red line is to the left.
We put in a small pond last fall, but had not finished anything around it. So that was another project that had to fit into the whole garden design.
But the arbour needed to come first.
Here it is, in place.... drawing the eye toward the back of the garden.
We purchased this at our local garden show -www.PeterboroughGardenShow.com
from a wedding planner's stock... it was perfect.
Next came the pond...and a fountain we salvaged from the reject heap at the back of a nearby garden centre.
We extended the beds around the arbour, intending on putting in pea-gravel paths. We placed the turquoise ball on the spot we thought the new Redbud would go and looked at it for a few days while we waited for it to be delivered.
Looking from behind where the tree would go, gave us a different vantage point.
We were ready to start digging.
We knew, because of the renovation construction, the soil would be hard-packed clay and along with that, the huge Black Walnut looming overhead was not too conducive to growing many things.
But we dug the hole at least a foot wider and deeper than needed and added a mixture of compost, and SRC (www.borealagrominerals.com)
- ten parts compost to one of SRC.
The tree had not been potted long so we were careful not to disturb the soil around it.
Here it is in all its glory in its new home.
"Ruby Falls" Redbud: Cercis canadensis 'Ruby Falls'
Grown in Canada- with rich purple, heart-shaped leaves that open a bright ruby-purple in the spring and gradually mature to a deep purple and then change to dark green as the season progresses.
We gave it a deep watering every day for the first week, then every two days for another week and then once a week.... now that we are in a heat wave and the hottest week of the year, we give it a deep watering every other day... holding the hose at the root and making a 2 foot circle around it for at least 10 minutes.
Creating a wide circle around the tree, encourages the roots to seek the water away from the initial root ball, and form small microscopic roots that seek the nutrients from the soil it needs.
Planted the end of June, it is now a month and so far, so good.
The new beds are in and planted.
The pond has a fountain.
This is the look we intended. Dividing the garden and making the eye look through the arbour to the back garden.
Looking down to the new garden from the deck above. The paths are in, the Redbud is happy and the new beds are planted.
The swath of green grass soothes the eye and provides contrast to the colour and texture in the gardens.