The bloom is on the strawberry and off the Korean Spice Viburnum.
By golly, now that it isn’t blooming, I think I can remove that Korean Spice Viburnum on the right side of the gate to the vegetable garden after all. It has a big dead branch in the middle and is right where I want to plant a new honeyberry.
Then I’ll move the other smaller Korean Spice Vibnurnum on the other side of the gate to someplace else in the garden.
And when I say “I”, I really mean the two guys I’ve hired to actually do this work.
|Final picture of viburnums to be removed/moved|
I think the two honeyberries will grow quickly to fill the spaces on each side of the gate and though the blooms won’t be quite as fragrant as the viburnums, I will get edible fruit from the honeyberries.
It’s all part of my grand plan to grow more fruits around the vegetable garden. Last fall I planted three dwarf apple trees on one end of the garden by the compost bins. Two springs ago I planted red and gold raspberries in a bed to the left of the gate. And 15 years ago I planted grapes in the bed to the right of the gate.
Plus, I have strawberries, and they are blooming.
One viburnum I’m not planning to remove is this big bertha viburnum, Viburnum opulus ‘Sterile’ on the other side of the grape arbor.
|Viburnum opulus ‘Sterile’|
This big shrub provides shelter for all kinds of birds and hides the compost tumbler and compost bins. I also suspect that a family or two, maybe a village of rabbits live around its base. They can all stay there, as long as they don’t eat the fruit of my vegetable garden.