My newly planted Pyrus ussuriensis (Manchurian Pear)
The Tree 3 years on surrounded by perennials
Pyrus ussuriensis, or Manchurian Pear are deciduous Trees that form a large shade canope through the warmer months. It is the perfect tree to shade a hot area and will drop its leaves in winter to let much needed light into your house and garden. I have positioned one in my garden in the far right ( pictured here) , it's a lovely specimen. Manchurian Pears will tolerate a hot sunny spot and they are available in many forms including the popular upright form "Capital", which are ideal for drive ways and used extensively as Street trees in the Murray Bridge area.
Today I removed four buxus microphylla faulkner hedges from my planter box. I have a box hedge planted at the front of my cottage, bordering the paths and needed some more to finish the job. The box hedge in the planter box was becoming pot bound and the four plants came out together when I pulled them up. I then used a pruning saw to separate each one.
Once the box plants were separated I pruned the roots down to a more manageable size to re-plant. I used Plants Plus Groganic ( An organic compost) to help improve the soil structure.
Once they were all planted I watered them in well with SeaGold Liquid kelp, a health tonic which distresses transplanted plants.
The Buxus Faulkner lines the pathways. This variety is particularly hardy to cold and heat and performs better then an English box. The buxus faulkner is available now in a variety of different sized pots.
Serenity Nursery Top Tip: Use a lawn fertiliser such us Neutrogs Sudden Impact for Lawns on leafy hedges like Buxus Faulkner or English box. It is organic based and high in nitrogen to help promote lots of leafy growth. It's a great product for lawns and all non-flowering plants.
Pictured here ( along the back) is my much loved Escallonia Iveyi hedge. I love it, It's an old fashioned plant but it has really dark green glossy leaves and stark white flowers through Spring and Summer. It is really hardy and will grow in full sun and coastal conditions. They can grow up to 3 meters, but at this stage I like to keep it about a meter tall. I give mine a really good drink of SeaGold Liguid kelp through prolonged summer heat waves.
Mum's standard rose surrounded by pink ground cover roses, agapanthus, a coprosma hedge and rock rose Cistus. A fuss free low maintenance garden..great for busy mums..
I don't think you can beat classic white Iceberg Roses, with their lush green foliage, ability to be stronger and more resilient than allot of roses. Teamed with a green box hedge white roses can look elegant and classy.
What to do with your flowering roses now:
Continue to dead head them through out the flowering months to help promote new flowers. Just cut the spent flowers back a bit more than just the bud or flower itself.
Fire star rose growing in front of Serenity Nursery's sandstone retainer wall.
Fire Star is a very special rose which was produced to remember the victims of the Victorian Black Saturday Fires. The story of fire Star is an unusual one in that most roses are produced from cuttings but this one was produced by seed. The rose is a solid peachy/ Orange fading to a raspberry as the rose ages. A must for all rose lovers and proceeds go the the CFA.