Sunday, July 12, 2015
More Garden? Oh Yes.
Big projects a-foot! Well, sort of. A couple days before the hardware was removed from my foot (now propped comfortably on a footstool), I had the help of my 13 year old helper to dig over and prep a new garden bed on the west side of the house. It's a tricky location, getting shade until about 1030 AM and then roasting the rest of the day in the sunshine. Plus, the wall is concrete so it gets a lot of reflected heat as well. Great in the wintertime, but not so hot in the heat of summer. An additional factor is that it is west-facing, so it bears the brunt of cold winter winds and hammering storms that roll in from that direction.
Hence, a hardy mix of plants. It looks sparse for now, but each of the plants that are in there will grow to be 4-5 feet in diameter so they needed lots of spacing. While they are tiny, it looks a tad ridiculous...but plant them closer together, and eventually, they choke out and die a sad, miserable, and likely disease-riddled death. Not something I want to happen, so hence the sparse looking planting. I think I'll add some spring and autumn flowering bulbs, but that will have to wait until next year/this fall, I think.
So what's in the garden for now? Well, I had a spare Coral Drift groundcover rose, so I placed that on the sunniest, hottest corner. I think it will fill in beautifully. I planted two Victoria rhubarb plants, and two Strawberry Sundae peegee hydrangeas. Both these plants are very cold hardy, and will be beautiful. The rhubarb will also be delicious when I can start picking it in a couple of years, and it will have gorgeous red stems. My current rhubarb plant is not doing well, sadly, and seems to be on its way out. I think the crown got frozen and damaged, but with these two replacements I should be awash in rhubarb soon enough.