Got Five Minutes?

OK, maybe ten. After seeing Marion Jarvies Salix integra ‘Hakuro-nishiki’ that she changed from a shrub into a tree earlier in the month, I got thinking, always dangerous. And on the very last evening at Kilbourne Grove, while Ian’s family was visiting so they could take us to the airport the next morning, EARLY (like leaving the house at 3:30 a.m., early)!  Sitting around having a glass of wine and staring at the Salix.

What did I do but get up and fetch my secateurs.

And started snipping.

I only had time to prune two before I had to break for dinner, and after dinner, and a couple of glasses of wine, well, there was no going back to the pruning.

But I got a sense of what they would look like, and look at all the new planting room there would be.

Now I can’t decide if five in a row would be interesting, or a mess, what do you think?


16 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Another pleached hedge like your lime walk maybe?! Or if they would move, then 1 on each corner of paths crossing, the possibilities are endless, you will have a few months to think about it!!

  2. 3

    I can just see them = 5 in a row underplanted with something blue – maybe some more scilla or muscari. I’m looking around my yard right ow trying to figure out what I can turn into a tree. If not, I think I may just break down and buy a salix afterall.

  3. 5

    Barry P. said,

    Great Idea!
    Bon Voyage and hope to see you this coming Winter.

  4. 7

    five in a row is a deliberate statement, focusing attention on wonderful foliage!

    • 8

      It will certainly be a statement. Right now I have a birch very close to them, but I am thinking it might move, only planted a couple of years ago, and now, it is not as interesting a plant as it once was.

  5. 9

    Laurrie said,

    Nice job! I think five standard willows in a row could work, with some bulkier plants below. Isn’t it fun to experiment?

  6. 11

    They seem close, but look nice trimmed like this. And better when underplanted. Have a safe trip back.

  7. 13

    tezalizard said,

    You’ve seen my standard. The only advice I can offer is to keep on top of pruning, I let mine go for two years and have been trying to bring it back under control ever since. There are two other cultivars, S.i ‘Albomarginata’ and S.i ‘Flamingo’ that seem to have better colour throughout the summer – more consistent and longer than our beloved ‘Hakuro’s’ I think the line of five would make an impact statement, to pull people over for a closer look at them, and other treasures that I am sure you will find!

    • 14

      I am sure I shall find other treasures, that is not a problem. Marion prunes hers twice a year, so I could manage that, when I am home in the spring and in the fall, but we shall see how that works out.

  8. 15

    dyarnell71 said,

    I love that you went from thinking about it to jumping out of your seat to do it. A big commitment borne of inspiration. I think they’ll look great all together.

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