We had a first warm weather this weekend. I cleaned out the front and side garden and planted a few spring flowers in the container next to my front door. It’s barely Spring here. I spotted a few daffodils blooming but we still have another few days before the Forsythia pops.
In my side garden Tulip and Allium bulbs are poking through. The Lamb’s Ear and Sedum have a head start followed by my Poppies—I’m crossing my fingers for blooms this spring. So relatively my garden is in good spirits except for the Boxwoods.
I planted four beautiful boxwoods last Spring after a trial run with Endless Summer Hydrangeas (I’m realizing I should have kept them and was being inpatient). Around July I started to notice some browning on the first and fourth boxwood. At first, I thought it was the sun but soon realized it was dog pee. I started watering the shrubs every morning drenching them with buckets of water to maybe help get rid of the scent. My efforts didn’t really work and by Fall I had burnt spots on three out of four.
Over the winter I covered the bushes in burlap and rubbed a little cayenne pepper on the burlap. I was hoping the smell would be a natural remedy to deter my furry friends. The burlap has now been removed and the shrubs look worse then ever.
I’m totally kicking myself because I heard from a lot of other gardeners, Boxwoods can be finicky. The shrubs are in the shade and we’re not in a terribly windy spot so I thought I would be fine. But I never factored in the dog pee. So what do I do? Move them, clip out the burnt patches, put in something else? Any tips or ideas would be really appreciated!
In other news I picked up English Cottage Gardening: For American Gardeners via an Amazon suggestion. The book is filled with wonderful inspirational photographs and plants suggestions. Also in my cart a new pair of Felco garden shears. I like that their smaller and really easy to use. Hopefully, I’ll have them for many years to come.