Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Can you dig it?

...'cause I did!

It took a few hours, but I dug out the whole bottom end of the front yard. Much like the front garden expansion, it was slow going because the ground is mostly clay, and you have to work around the tree roots. But I persevered. After it was dug, in went several loads of rich, black soil... and then all those clearance plants.
Okay... not quite all of them.... The Delphiniums will get really big, so they are in the Little Bee Garden with the other Delphiniums. But from top down, we have the new roses, the coneflowers, the red Susans, the new Columbine, the Speedwell, the Tickseed and the Beard  Tongue, with a million little annuals mixed in until things fill out.

I also rescued the older Columbine from the Big Bee Garden and moved it here - it got over shadowed by the daisies and bachelor buttons and didn't bloom this year. It will have lots more room to grow now .The white Creeping Baby's Breath also got pulled from the Little Bee Garden. It was getting lost under Chicago Peace. Here it can stretch its legs as much as it likes.
I  don't think its enough to compete with a few of the more mature gardens in the yards around here. But I think I still get an 'A' for effort. And the real payoff comes in all the years to come!

9 comments:

D. Kissinger said...

and while you wait....you still get a pretty show!

Araignee said...

So true. All those roses and perennials will give you lots of joy for many years.

Delighted Hands said...

Awards aside, you will enjoy this little spot for a long time! It looks great!

Vera said...

That new bed will be gorgeous! What a lot of work...clay soil is the worst (along with rocky soil of course). Bravo to you for digging and planting!!

Patty Andrews said...

I'm loving all those flowers! Your front yard looks great and can't wait to see how the new plantings look next year.

The Well Fed Wheel said...

I know what you mean about clay soil....we have that here and it's impossible to dig up. You did good! Looks so pretty already but it's really going to be beautiful in as it matures.

Eastside Cats said...

Nice garden! I too moved some plants that weren't thriving (because the hostas take up all of the room!) and added some new ones, and my wrists, elbows and knees are aching still. Guess I need to do more, to stay in shape. Patty O'Malley snoopervised everything.

Mereknits said...

It will be so fun to watch it grow. Well done.

Jocelyn said...

So beautiful! I truly love gardens and growing things - if only I also loved gardening! So I guess I'll live vicariously :)