Leila Scenario
Columnist, ATR

Like sunflowers that convert their blowsy blooms from east to west pursuing the sun so do the weeds and pesky vines in our property and backyard garden.

We have weeds galore and vines that assume they are “Jack and the Bean Stalk.”

With the exception of two small formal gardens and a handful of container gardens, which includes a single planted with perennials that entice bees, butterflies and other traveling friends our back garden thrives.

We have lived in this house twenty several years and we began re-landscaping soon afterwards.

Fortunately we inherited some beautiful shrubs and trees planted by earlier homeowners. These include camellias on the east side of the dwelling that have coral and white blooms, two huge sasanquas, a gorgeous Chinese snowball tree a reward to a former homeowner from the late Lucile Smith who even planted it for her. The west aspect of the driveway has Formosa azaleas that are recurring throughout the back again that have showy fuchsia and white blooms in spring. Formosa azaleas are apparently a pretty hardy wide range. They are gorgeous when in bloom in addition to their lush inexperienced foliage stays calendar year round.

We also inherited a massive challenge.

The property line on the west side of the dwelling is lined with what I get in touch with troublesome “trash or weed trees” that get above developed just before you can flip close to.

Also when we moved below large vines, the kind Tarzan and Jane would swing on that took qualified tree trimmers to crystal clear out and even now is annoying. The vines even covered the charming circa rock fire that anchors the west corner of the again garden.  It was seemingly crafted when the circa 1890s two tale property stood on this house that was demolished in the mid-1950s. That’s an additional tale. I imagine they employed the hearth to burn off family trash this kind of as papers and not for cooking out like folks do these days. That was unheard of.

We’re also blessed with some beautiful perfectly established trees: two Chinese elms, a pair of ginkgo trees that set on fairly a display in drop when their leaves change yellow and gold. We also have oak and pine trees. We lost a person big oak in the entrance property to a hurricane a couple of years back. A massive oak hydrangea anchors the east corner of the aspect lawn.  It has swish white blooms in spring. I added hydrangeas that do rather effectively.

In the winter of 2002, Carey and Diane Reeves established a attractive official rose backyard that is in full solar in the again lawn and planted 16 hybrid tea roses in 4 beds lined by pea gravel that bloomed in profusion from early April to frost. Roses are like children. They want continual care. Spraying, fertilizing and watering are constant. Even with challenging function we from time to time had to change a handful of then following about ten many years, we ended up advised to dig them up and plant a thing else in their area.

We permitted the soil lie fallow for a number of several years before it was transformed by former nurseryman John Fowler. The corners of the four squares are anchored by dwarf boxwood and centered by dwarf lorapetalum that has rust foliage. The centre path options a trio of significant container pots. A beautiful Rosalynn Carter indigenous azalea that bears yellow blooms in early April is in the largest container. The middle pot is planted with a limelight hydrangea and the west corner functions a gardenia – my favored flower – though milk weed with red flowers graces the conclusion of the path.

Billy and Kitten Carter of Green Acres Landscaping designed another smaller back garden reverse the rose mattress that functions purple knockout roses at the four corners, a birdbath that was moved from elsewhere in the yard as well as lavender agapanthus and Gerber daisies that have red, yellow and white blossoms.

The late nurseryman/landscaper Manson Markette replaced the initial basis plants across the front, included a berm at the west conclusion featuring a modest Japanese elm and an decorative apricot tree. Fortunately we haven’t shed any of these shrubs.

Billy and Kitten mow the garden and prune and retain our garden neat. The St. Augustine grass is sprayed just about every February with a pre-emergence to preserve it weed free of charge. All of this seems like I’m an specialist gardener however I really don’t have a eco-friendly thumb. I h2o and fertilize and by the grace of God and Mom Nature they have survived. But not as considerably as the pesky weeds and trees.

Joyful gardening y’all.

Somewhere else, John Barrett of Electrical power Chips Forestry Solutions and Brandon Vann of AgGeorgia Farm Credit rating, connection manager in the Cordele place of work, attended the 21st once-a-year convention of the Ga Forestry Convention held at the Westin Hilton Head Lodge in Hilton Head Island, S.C., this earlier weekend. Brandon was accompanied by his spouse, Lauren Vann, and younger sons, Bennett Vann and Andrew Vann.

Also at Hilton Head were being Mark and Anne Barrett who frequented his cousin and husband, Frances Purnell and her husband, Dr. Mark Anthony at their home.

And Lori and Andy Shivers spent a number of days at their apartment in Panama Metropolis Seaside when Hannah and Nick Pitts and Matt and Brittany McKenzie vacationed recently in San Francisco and Huge Sur, California.