Holly, Olentangy River, Columbus Area discussed on Plant Of The Week
I was out looking around the other day after a little bit of rain and see what good that had done and looked up and and brushed my shoulder against the shrub. That's I don't know seven feet tall thousand or so feet wide couple three of them. They are Holly's this particular group of holidays are called Sparkleberry. There are a number of shrub types of holidays. Mine happens to have the reddest of red flowers They're the size of a half a cranberry in terms of that but a brilliant red sign sign theme and then there are the other holidays. If you're lucky enough to have a well-drained organic soil that can be or ears a little acidic the American holly tree which gets very large and and doesn't quite a beautiful job south of here in Columbus area. That is south of Main in an area that's got some age to it. There are a number of large American holidays they happen to grow wage. What was the old River Bank area of the Olentangy then one that I do not understand have not understood but it is an American holly. It stands right behind the sidewalk sidewalk is south of the tree then six feet in the curb and then the hot blacktop the driveway gives a heat off the blacktop all morning long all well all midday. It is in the absolutely wrong position presently twelve feet tall and has to be trimmed back in diameter. So it doesn't block The View coming out of the driveway. So that is the Holi story. There are many many kinds and they do require a better soil than what I'm going to call our average Olentangy River junk long does work into the process, but you need to add a lot of organic either compost or peat moss then add some powdered sulfur and so on so that you can get it. Let's just say well drained and acidic then you can log So darn your any Holly and I well my Sparkle berries are fifteen or twenty years old and each year. Well, they don't flourish in size anymore. They've picked out in size. Like I say seven eight feet tall and and white, but they're they've been generous in flour. And then when it comes the time where the dead birds I'm going to call them and principally the Robin are flocking in the middle of winter and there's been a couple of darn good freezes. That's often those little berries. I have counted them if they'd hold still I would know better count but I've counted twenty five or more Robbins on that shrub in one given point and in two days, it's been picked clean and they move on looking for food so it can be a pleasure. If you it can feed the birds. And of course the red orange belly of a rabbit in the wintertime is quite something. So that's those then I just yep. To throw in for interest and color and bird. Well call it food. The seed heads on many of our plants the the well, let's check. There are several groups of plants. I happen to leave the cold flowers and I don't have very many of them, but I'll leave a cone flower into coreopsis and so on those things that have a seed-spitting head on them the Fitch just love those little rascals. So I leave them and other things then we turn to the shrubs and there I have several shrubs including viburnum that are now in in either a yellow or red stage of fruit. Some will go on and turn black and again once there is some fries if softens the fruit same with flowering crabapple birds can eat them now, but I suppose they're full of element a little hard to digest it's pretty solid yet. But as soon as we've had several freezes, which I don't necessarily personally look forward to but it's dead. For the fruit and again, the birds will just go crazy and where I like to do what I can to preserve nature those things will be left to stand and I enjoy the tan colors and so on edge of leaving grasses stand. I leave the other plants looking wintry. I happen to enjoy that that leaves something in the garden, others want to clean up totally and that's fine. But those things are that the big deal for this week..