I've never seen a spotted squill before, it looks like a charming little plant. I have 2 questions about the plant. First, do you know the variety name? Second is it as aggressive as the regular wood hyacinth? I found a small group along the side of my house in deep shade happily blooming so I could see them nicely from a basement window and I moved some to the shade garden. They quickly edged out all my native spring ephemerals,or tried to. Now I remove them or return them to the original side of the house strip where they can do no harm.
I am sorry, i should have used the correct name. It's Drimiopsis maculata, or African Hosta. I have noticed that it has sent up a new plant about 15 inches from the original, so I would be cautious about using it in a small area. Space is not a problem here and probably won't be for quite a few years. It does seem to be easy to dig and move :~)
Hyacinths on the other hand drove me crazy in my youth when it was my job to dig them out where they weren't wanted. The pesky things kept coming back from the tiniest little bulbs I've ever seen!
The after pic when I finished yesterday. I have probably 10-12 different types of ferns, about 5 different hosta varieties, hellebores, bleeding heart, rhododendron, ajuga for groundcover, coleus for the color.
I can't wait for everything to really grow. I know it will be a couple of years before the ferns and hostas get large enough to fully enjoy, but it sure is fun designing and planting and seeing your ideas come to life.
Doug - I love your wall! Did you put in a "footer", & did you use mortar mix or cement for between the stone? My DH & I have been s-l-o-w-l-y working on some low bed-edging "walls", but have yet to have any turn out as lovely as yours! Thanks for any tips! Samantha
Yes I dug a footer about 12 inches wide and about 5-6 inches deep, but before the concrete totally set up I placed the larger rocks on edge into the footer to help lock it in. This was my very first attempt at laying rock using mortar so I am quite happy with the results. It was very labor intensive mixing concrete and mortar by hand in a wheelbarrow and some of those rocks weighed a couple hundred pounds each! I just took it slow and laid a course every couple of days to allow the mortar to set up before adding more weight to the wall. I just used an old bench brush to "clean" to mortar joints. It was something I had wanted to do for years but my wife finally gave me the push last fall. Now I think she regrets it. I've done more gardening this spring than in the last ten years put together. And she says " you're always on that gardening website" Thanks Dave for making me an addict!!!!
Doug - Thanks for the help! Though my DH probably WON'T thank you - he's been using every excuse to avoid having to go out there & mix more concrete & mortar! You're right about the labor intensive part! We even rented a small (?) cement mixer, but before we were done, the pull cord to start it with broke, so he had to mix the remaining batch by hand - it was a holiday weekend, & the rental shop was closed! (of course!) I think it will help us to do as you did - one course of rock at a time - we tried to do it in sections - 3 or 4 courses x 8 - 10 feet, but I like your way better! Thanks again, Samantha
Thanks Mag, it was a lot of work but hopefully it will be there for years to come and be full of beautiful plants when they all mature. The area was/is originally hard packed clay. I tilled it up last fall and added quite a bit of composted leaves, then this spring I added peat, compost, and horse manure. The soil is actually dark and loamy now. Hope the ferns and hostas especially like it.
maggiedew I love the shots youve posted!!! I love ligularias and have never seen a spotted one!!! Im so silly I thought for a couple of years that i had two othellos or large leaf ligularias and now i find out one is a brit marie!!! Can you believe that?? Wow do I ever feel dumb! The difference in the leaves is so sutle. I just got a new one a couple of days ago Little Rock...Ronna
Here's another "project" I worked on this weekend. The limbs on the Magnolia were hanging so low I couldn't get the riding mower close enough, so rather than cut the limbs off I just enlarged the tree ring and added plants. Before:
That's a very elegant solution to your problem. I can see why your wife wants you to continue it through to the front yard. I can't tell from the photo but it looks like you added soil or mulch against the trunk of the tree. If so you might want to pull it away about 6" so you don't cause any problems for the tree.
Semp and Doss, actually it is just a few bags of compost and manure from Lowes. I was adding it to the holes I was digging for the hostas and ferns and thought it looked so good I'd just do it all over while amending the soil over time. But you are right it is against the trunk so I will pull it back some. Thanks for the hint. The funny thing is just about all the rock I've used in my yard for beds and walls came off my hillside behind the house. Every Spring a few more poke up through the ground and I just keep pickin' them up, although some of them take two good sized men to move into my little garden trailer. But hey it's free landscaping stone! Attached is a photo of my back bed with the arbor I made last Easter in the bed I did several years ago.
Actually the arbor was a few pieces of an old canavs top gazebo you might buy at Wal Mart or Lowes that someone had thrown away. I picked them up and built the arbor out of them. It really is much more beautiful this year as I added Clematis on the insides walls of the arbor and a Stairway To Heaven climbing rose on the left side to eventually cover it. As it gets more fully grown this summer I'll post more pics. I just love this website seeing everyone's gardens and beautiful ideas. I definitely have become a "Dave's Addict" !!!!
Im right there with you postmandug... My husband says he is a daves widower!!!! But your yard is amazing!!! Loved the photos... Wish we had more room. But we enjoy what room we do have... Thats all we can do huh??? The spring is being very good to my yard also... Have been working very hard also... I love the free gardeening hardscape... I went and hauled all kinds of very nice slate pieces from my brothers house and made a walk way in my side yard a couple of years ago... It now is my favorite part of the yard!! It has old red bricks and slate... I love it ! Keep posting georgeous pictures of your yard we are loving it! Ronna
That is very cool looking, in both senses. I love seeing what others do to make their gardens more friendly. I have just made a 'destination' area down by the oldest Japanese Maple. A friend did some curbside shopping on garbage pick-up day and found a nice wicker chair and another friend gave me a wicker shelf and another wicker chair. All are painted white and I added a small metal table that I also painted white to the group.
I put 2 Jatrophas on the wicker shelf along with a teapot planted with Jewels of Opar and added a couple shallow wooden bowls of shells I collected on my first trip to the Texas Gulf coast. It is now an area that people will want to walk to, sit down, and enjoy the view of the maple with it's new surrounding planting of Hostas, Toad Lilies and Hellebores. Adjacent to it is one of the raised beds that Ken has planted up with our increasing collection of seedling Brugs (thanks to Jestelleoan, the woman who looks at a seed and makes it sprout).