The Day of the Viburnum


Yesterday, I had the good fortune to meet Diana, Sharing Nature’s Garden, and Lori, Gardener of Good and Evil, at Diana’s beautiful home. Diana has created quite a luxurious and soothing sanctuary, despite her claims that she has so much yet to do. To accommodate some of those plans on her “to do” list, today she removed 3 Spring Bouquet Viburnums of significant size and age. She generously offered them to me, and I immediately agreed. I have already planted two Viburnums this year to be evergreen backgrounds for some blooming perennials, and could use Diana’s larger versions to fill in the spaces that mine haven’t grown into yet. So today became the day of the Viburnum Cake Walk.

Her gardening crew had spent the day today at her home, with quite a long list. At the end of the day, you would think they would be tired. But about 6 p.m., her three laborers showed up at my home, with 3 large shrubs with rootballs in the back of the pickup. They came like a swarm and with amazing speed, they…

Sweet Viburnum (Viburnum Odoratissum var. Awabuki)

1. (Lori, I put this picture in on purpose just for you, showing the tailend of my vehicle) moved my existing Sweet Viburnum (Viburnum odoratissimum var. awabuki) to a different location in my yard to give it more room to spread out, then

Viburnum tinus Spring Bouquet

2. dug two large and deep holes for two of the new Viburnums (I believe they are Viburnum tinus Spring Bouquet) , which then created a need to…
3. move a Loropetulum that ended up being crowded out by the two new shrubs

(So I’m looking for a “before” picture (which of course I forgot to take) so you can see the dramatic difference of these luscious shrubs in my front bed. Imagine if you will, that the left side of this bed had no height at all, just a bunch of 2-3′ shrubs (Loropetulum, Agapanthus and a Yew that turned out to be dead at the roots – no wonder it wasn’t growing tall).

Now look! Instant bed filler! I feel like I’ve been on one of those gardening shows on HGTV where they show up and redo an entire lawn in a few hours – usually building a tiki bar for the homeowners with small children in the process).

Sandankwa Viburnum

Sandankwa Viburnum

4. removed my small Sandankwa Viburnum (Viburnum suspensum) from the back yard and planted it in an existing container, and then

5. planted the largest Spring Bouquet Viburnum in it’s place (a shrub about 4′ tall and 4′ wide). Note the poor wilted Althea in front of it; the reason for this Viburnum is to give a background for the Althea as it grows. It looks ugly in the winter when it loses all foliage, so it’s camouflage for that as well.

At the end of this flurry of activity, I looked at the clock and it was 6:23! All of that happened in about 20 minutes, with very little verbal communication as they speak little English, and I speak little Spanish.

And it appears that all has been given the Official Seal of Approval. Flash has smelled Diana’s dogs, Tanner and Dakota, and decided that they smell okay to him. All is well.

Thanks, Diana!

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7 thoughts on “The Day of the Viburnum

  1. Everything looks so nice. The Viburnum seem very happy in their new home and I’m glad we all got the good cat-keeping seal of approval. I’ll post my photos today. A Dakota choking/couldn’t breathe epoisode last night sent us to the ER vet and I not only couldn’t blog, I missed the debate. But the good news is that she is just fine. Probably ate a June bug! Keep posting pictures so we can watch it all grow and keep watering those shrubs like crazy!

    wow, I’m glad Dakota is ok! That’s so scary when things like that happen. Can’t wait to see your pics of the changes you are making. Robin

  2. Wow, Robin – how lovely of Diana to give you those viburnums! It’s always fun to see gardeners sharing plants. I hope they do well for you and it will be interesting to see what Diana does with the new blank spaces.

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose

    Annie, yes it was generous of Diana, and I also love recycling plants. They are beautiful shrubs that just weren’t doing what Diana wanted in her space. I’m happy to be the recipient. I hope they survive in this drought; I’ll do my best to be a good steward!

  3. That was quite a generous gift. Don’t you love cementing friendships with plants?

    What a lovely way to put it, Kathy. And yes, it was a very generous gift!

  4. Aw, thanks Robin! Now I feel so much better about all of my car-ass pictures! ;D

    Your viburnums are looking promising. I don’t know much about viburnums; are they drought-tolerant? I’m trying to add more evergreens to my shady back bed along the fence, but nothing’s looking too good back there. I blame the heat and the crappy collapsible soaker hoses I got at Walmart. One of my winter projects is rearranging what I can move for more color contrast and adding as many evergreen bushes and trees to the fenceline as I can comfortably fit. Flowers don’t really like blooming back there, anyway.

    Anyway, it was great to meet you over at Diana’s! I’m still catching up with everything after my trip to WI, but I need to post some pictures of the countryside where I grew up for a bit of post-Texas-gardening escapism. Fall color and a high of 76 degrees meant that I spent my entire trip wondering why the &^$%$ I moved to Texas and dreading having to go back to watering every day. And speaking of which, I can hear my potted plants whimpering right now.

    P.S. Out of curiosity, did the Almanac predict our crazy wet summer of ’07?

    Lori, I’m so jealous of your trip to cool weather. Here we are, still wilting. I’ll have to look back at the archives of the almanac and see what it said about last summer. However, it DID predict thunderstorms this week, and it did do just that…just north of us, dammit, not in the city.
    I believe the Viburnums are drought tolerant once established, but don’t quote me on that. You should ask Diana – she had them for four years before passing them on. I do love them, though, as background plants. Pretty leaves, nice color, springtime blooms. Howard Garrett recommends them.
    I guess you missed the garden tour! Oh well, you got to have cool weather and fall leaves.

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