vendredi 8 août 2008

The hydrangeas, light at the end of the tunnel

The Hedera algeriensis 'Gloire de Marengo' in place
syn. H. canariensis 'Gloire de Marengo'

Looks pathetic, doesn't it?

It will grow and make lots of leaves to cover the wall. You'll see. Stick with me here.


"Hedera algeriensis 'Gloire de Marengo' has bright, glossy, variegated green leaves and smooth, deep red leaf stalks [true]. The three-lobed leaves are 4-5" long and heart-shaped, glossy and have cream to white margins and gray-streaked centers with speckles in the cream-colored margins.

This evergreen, self-clinging, vigorous climber is a popular ground cover for steep slopes and is often grown on walls to visually soften or add an aged look to the architecture [well...]. It climbs over rocks, tree trunks, walls and trellises, and carpets the ground. Its small aerial roots cling to everything as it naturalizes and spreads throughout the landscape [oh oh].

Often used to brighten shady areas [yup], it will be less variegated in full shade as the light beings out the variegation."

I don't think this corner will be particularly shady anymore, but I figured I'd cover my bases. There is also some similar cream-margined ivy growing on the wall along the length of the pool, mixed in with dark-green ivy. I thought it might be fun to pick up on that theme, and it's a lovely ivy, period.

It took me about 4 hours to plants them and tie them to the wire-grill. It mattered to me how it grows in, so I took pains to spread the main branches with a sort of movement across the wall. I suspect that it will entirely disappear once the ivy is mature and fully leafed out.

I also moved the four climbing hydrangea plants to make them work a little better. There are two Hydrangea anomala ssp. petiolaris and two Schizophragma hydrangeoides, or Japanese hydrangea vine.

I suspect that one of the latter is going to move over to scramble up the last cedar tree that I left, behind the pool shed. It can grow to 30-40 feet high! It's also possibly more beautiful than the H. anomala ssp. petiolaris, and there is a variety, I just learned, that offers larger, pink flowers, 'Roseum'. Got to find it!

Next step is to install wood trellis on the top of the wall to give it more height, and more room to run for the ivy and climbing hydrangea.

We'll get to that, but later.

That's Rapide framed in hydrangea flowers.

Silly dog.

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