None of my puttering today was actually in the garden. With 20 cu. yards of composted leaf mulch arriving at 7:30 Monday morning, I figured I have plenty of time to do what needs to be done during this spreading process. There is some leaf racking that needs to be done. I’ll just rack these into the beds…didn’t want to do it today in case it just blew around again.
Also, I have a high school kid to help me. While one is loading and wheeling, the other will rack, cut back and spread. We’ll trade off. With my hill and lack of open space to spread, it usually takes about an hour per cubic yard. We’ll see how long it actually takes.
This Sunday’s focus was on the design of the steps in the Mixed Border. Not just the steps, but also, around the steps themselves and to the left (the north side of the steps) I want to add more year round interest. I currently have a Henry Lauder’s Walking Stick in a prime location. This is a great plant in the winter, but really ratty looking for the summer. I had hoped to grow salvia through it during the summer, but I was never able to achieve that effect, certainly not the one I imagined. It needs something better there to carry it through the summer, but also be a great winter interest plant.
First thing I will do is try to move the Walking Stick, but where? My gardens are packed. But it is big and valuable. I will find a place. With a kid to help, maybe two, we need to make hay while the sun shines. I’ll move it while I have the help.
I will probably not replant in the exact location. I’ll play around with location depending on the selection. A Japanese Maple comes to mind. I do love them. I’m also thinking a Viburnum would work well. Maybe a grass even. This is my transitional zone, so I have a good range for plant selections.
I could really use an evergreen…not a one in the entire bed. But what? I’m in love with conifers and can see a dwarf Hemlock – weeping, perhaps. Actually, that would look awesome around the rock. Mugo pines would be nice. I have one that I just transplanted there, so we’ll see how it looks once the steps are in.
I also need some ground cover. I think it needs to be evergreen Maybe Rubus or Veronica ‘Georgia’.
Correction, there is an evergreen in the bed, or rather an ever burgundy – a semi-dwarf Loropedulum. Plus, the top of this bed is edged with Korean box.
Ihave always been a fan of European design, I guess you could say I’m a Europhile, if there is such a word. Helen’s Haven back gardens are a classic English design – straight edges lined in box. It is also a very formal design, but I keep it playful with non formal elements and plantings behind the box with an open area of grass in the center. So I guess you could say, my grass is “inside the box”, but my plantings are “outside the box.”
The weather is too pretty today to stay inside to peruse plant books looking for inspiration. But I must; perhaps, I’ll just take my books outside and sit out on the chase on the back porch and read, dream, read, sigh…