I live in North Alabama and we have hot, humid summers. I work in my garden 10 months out of the year. There is always something to take care of. It’s my go-to exercise and stress reliever. I took the Master Gardening class and it serves me well.
My garden is over 20 years of constant work. I have put my heart and soul into making it beautiful. I’m not about to stop improving it. It’s a retreat, especially with my hammock for lazy days. Thanks to my oldest son giving me it for my birthday. I have two amazing sons and husband that try to keep “the queen” happy.
Today I am trimming my Contorted Hazelnut tree that I planted by our front porch. It was a gift from my Mother and sister on my 50th birthday. It’s a great tree for decorating on Halloween and Christmas. I hang ghosts and ornaments that create a whimsical look.
Trimming the tree is easy because I want an umbrella look with low branches cut off. I can’t believe how tall it’s gotten. I dearly love the twisted branches. I shared some with my daughter-in-law for a cool arrangements. I love bringing my garden flowers and bounties into our home. It makes me happy!
Gardening is hard work but the joy it brings me makes it all worth while.
- Wear gloves, use sharp pruners, a garden cart for limbs.
- Start with lower limbs and work around the bottom, trimming the tree enough to let light in.
- Remove vines, violets, and other weeds growing underneath the tree.
- Expect to complete these tasks each spring and fall.
Just remember that maintenance is one of the most important jobs when planning a landscape. You might want to choose low maintenance shrubs and trees. The Contorted Hazelnut is one of the easiest to maintain in a landscape.
Some of my favorite sites for gardening are HGTV , Better Homes & Gardens , Southern Living – Gardening enjoy these sites as much as I do and let’s connect with gardening questions. Do you have one I can help with or would you just like to follow what I am doing? I would love to hear from you.