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marciaz3 Tropical 3 Northwestern OntarioJuly 8, 2012

I've mentioned my ugly Dwarf Alberta Spruce. Since i'm not good at shovel-pruning, i figured the thing to do would be disguise it.

I had originally planned to put more than one daylily in there, but once i dug this one out (a Stella that was in too shaded a spot to bloom), i realized that one was enough. I was trying to figure out what else to add when it struck me - that's not much of a rock wall, but saponaria just might be able to do some cascading over it! And i happened to have some that were winter sown.

This bed has had no edging and has always been bad for weeds. I added the edging (really like those curved cement blocks) and mulched heavily.

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Very successful masking of the spruce, but maybe it's time to DIE SPRUCE, DIE! Or find someone you can impress with tales of your "rare Alberta spruce", and have them take it off your hands...

    Bookmark   July 9, 2012 at 5:22AM
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marciaz3 Tropical 3 Northwestern Ontario

Too much digging, Don! LOL Aren't they supposed to grow to about 3 or 4 feet? This one is only about 2. The top is very nice, though - don't you agree? :>

    Bookmark   July 9, 2012 at 8:29AM
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northspruce(z3a MB CDA)

Nice job Marcia! It looks like the lily on the left wants nothing to do with the spruce.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2012 at 9:36AM
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Aaahhhhh. The poor thing. I don't think it's ugly at all =:)

    Bookmark   July 9, 2012 at 12:25PM
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In cold zones, the easiest way to have happy healthy Dwarf Alberta Spruce is to plant them in a location out of the winter and early spring sun ... such as on the north side of a building or structure. I have the very attractive selection named 'Sander's Blue', though it always burnt badly in March and looked so crappy that I had shovel pruned it. I got another one at a good price at Canadian Tire and put the thing near to the north foundation where it's now been very happy and looking darn good. I always water it well prior to winter and only safeguard it from the neighbor's dogs peeing on it.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2012 at 3:33PM
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It is looking good Marcia...Jean

    Bookmark   July 12, 2012 at 3:52PM
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marciaz3 Tropical 3 Northwestern Ontario

Thanks! :) I was really wanting some kind of small evergreen for the birds in winter and that i could eventually string some Christmas lights on, but this isn't filling the bill. I could easily plant a cedar of some kind, but that's just inviting the deer further into the yard. Have to find something else....

    Bookmark   July 12, 2012 at 8:15PM
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