Yesterday was another day spent tweaking the garden. We live in a garden home but our yard is as large as it was in our former, traditional house. We live on a wedge shaped lot which creates a lot of back and side yard but not much front yard. We are fortunate that we do not have to maintain the yards, that is done through our HOA dues and the yards, front and back, are mowed and trimmed once a week. That was one of the attractions of living here because my husband doesn't mind gardening but mowing is not his activity of choice. We do have to maintain our flower beds ourselves, however. When the subdivision was built, the landscaper that the builder used put in lots of beautiful plants. It was gorgeous when they were all small but as they grew, many of them were just too large for the space in which they were placed. Plus, the houses on this end of the subdivision were built on solid rock and the soil depth isn't, well, deep so lots of things have been lost. The one thing we can't get rid of is the bermuda grass that keeps coming up in one of the front flower beds. We are working on that but refuse to do anything with those beds until the grass is gone.
Anyway, yesterday was the day to tackle the front flower bed. We lost a Hawthorn bush that needed to be removed. The Creeping Charlie wasn't creeping very well, in fact, it looked like it had crawled to it's death and the whole thing just needed to be raked out. We decided that once Charlie was gone and the bush was no more, we would just add a bunch of Skullcap. It has done well everywhere we have put it and I thought it would lend itself to the "unmanicured" look I prefer. I also thought it would complement the Dianthus. At the end of today, we will probably be moving a couple of the plants around to make room for a deep purple Crepe Myrtle to break up the expanse of house wall. So, what do you think?
|plants going in -- bed still looks a little rough|
|my husband loves to use jigs so he devised a way to measure for each plant to get them spaced correctly as they went around a curve|
|After the planting and the addition of mulch and Bernard Bunny|
|from the driveway -- nice play off the Dianthus|
|an update on the growth progress of the purslane in the blue pots|
|and the other pot|
The day was humid in the morning and progressed to being very hot but at the end, after the planting and mulching, we had a lovely rain that resulted in this stellar rainbow. Isn't it lovely?
|it was so large you could see both ends -- just no pot of gold!|
|this was when it first appeared|