I have whittled the bags of mulch down to zero and still have 6 bags of soil left. I thought I had 9 left as I said last post but it turned out it was 13 - anyway, the pile is getting smaller. Some of the soil and mulch went here:
A new bed next to the shed. From left to right is daylily Stella d'Oro, evening primrose, three gillenia trifoliata or Bowman's Root, and some native geranium. The plants in the bed are not necessarily going to be there permanently except for the gillenia which should take up a fair bit of space in a couple of years. I am thinking of adding a clematis or two against the side. The rock, or really boulder, was already here when we moved in. There was an attempt to move it with a small bobcat prior to putting in the new shed but there is more rock below than above ground level it seems.
|Gillenia trifoliata with pink flower buds|
|Foamflower - this one creeps|
This is where my native ginger went. Trying to figure out what to plant by the wall was tricky- I didn't want anything too tall that would hide the stonework, especially closer to the steps. So I decided on a ground cover ginger and will plant shrubs or ferns or both behind to help block the view by the fence. I ended up putting down quite a bit of soil as the gingers prefer a more acidic soil and the wall with all its ground rock and gravel base is of course limestone. More soil may be needed to help out, but at a later date.
Two of three Spicebush shrubs, Lindera benzoin. Spicebush are called such as a broken branch will smell spicy. They put out tiny yellow blooms in early spring. My older plant is very blowsy and charming and I hope the three new ones will behave the same.
I have planted many other perennials, transplanted a hemlock I bought last spring and transplanted a tiny pagoda dogwood found on the property. There are still a few plants I purchased that are too small to put in the ground now and so I will baby them along until fall, fingers crossed.
This week is hot and humid and I intend to take it very easy. Keep cool everyone.