Gardenstein… or the BFG.
The bed we started last week... is finally finished...but the gardening continues... it's a monster alright... but a rewarding monster. Had to call a guy with a stump grinder and in doing so opened up a WHOLE other project for next week. See those grey bricks stacked up there next to the garage? Yeah, we are going to formalize the area in the photo that is getting stump ground into a couple of shallow terraces(shallow enough to not need a freakin' permit)...that project got tabled from last year because of the GIANT tree stump...which is now... gone. Heh. Then we got started on the bed in the back. Had to move a yucca and a blazing star to make room for the Japanese Rose plant all the way back in the corner there. It's supposed to get 6' tall and wide... which is good because we are trying to create a physical screen between us and the folks who live back there...because our dogs don't get along with their dogs, and ours are too stupid to realize that they, as small, barky shelties are really no match for the huge rotweilers they are antagonizing... and that while it is true the fence is a perfect barrier for them... the shelties... it proves little more than a speed bump for an angry rot. So anyway... we also planted some Catmint and a couple of Bee Balms... In between those and spilling out toward the center of that bed, some Osteospermum. I've got lemon symphony, orange symphony and the Passion mix which is that lovely lavendar and a white. They have lovely jeweled eyes. I'll need to get me some impatiens to fill out the rest of the bed though. But here are a few other shots I took in the garden today. The Shade Bed, hostas and astilabe mostly. We've got a culture of vinca vine started to fill in the rest... just gotta keep it under control and out of the yard. hehe. A close up of one of the white flowering shrubs I don't know the name of... They go berserk in May and are just absolutely massed with these tiny white clusters. Here's a view through the yard showing the woods to the west of our yard...It provides EXCELLENT late afternoon Shade for the entire yard... and was one of the reasons we fell in love with the property... Deer and other woodland creatures are seen on a regular basis. That's Logan on the left and Ajax on the right...they are on "yard patrol". (cross posted to my journal)