More spring bulbs in the park.

The bulbs alluded to in a previous post have now been planted.

The course of the plantings reflected the style of the person doing the hole digging, with some taking the form of random walks across the grass, others the shape of a spiral and in one case a filled circular shape. We had a vigorous discussion as to where to put the hyacinths and tulips, since some felt they did not belong in a shady “daffodil glade”.

Another suggested location was along the shrub border bounding the tennis courts. In fact, this area will be shortly replanted, for some rather interesting reasons which I attempt to recount here. Many of the existing shrubs in the park were planted about 25 years ago, being  varieties that only flower in abundance when reaching full height (mahonias are a good example, only producing spectacular yellow flowers in November-December when allowed to grow). Then, the theory of shrub planting in parks changed. Tall shrubs became considered hiding/lurking places for unsavoury characters in the park, and a program of trimming them annually down to dwarf size was instigated. At this size, few of them ever flowered and all we had was nice displays of green throughout the year.  The new theory is to plant natively dwarf shrubs that will not need annual pruning,  will not create hiding places in the park and will after a few years start to flower (and hopefully scent) in abundance. A win-win-win as they say. I write this in case anyone passing along the Capital ring and reaching the tennis courts wonders why perfectly nice shrubs are being uprooted!

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