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Now comes the planting. Here's a photo of the far left rounded edge, where I have planted (from the fence) Campanula `Blue Uniform' purchased for $2 at Lowe's (almost dead but now coming along nicely), Jonquils, Hemerocallis White Temptation and Bergenia cordifolia `Tubby Andrews.' Poor Tubby's been languishing in his pot for a year now, so I divided the plant and have it in three places in this little area.
CoreHH: Maybe to some, but I saw the sign and couldn't resist. The area doesn't look like much right now, but in a few weeks, I hope it shows lots of progress as the weather cools down a little. Those poor Campanulas were brown and dried and just a little green showing, but I've bought some great plants on sale that looked like they were dead.
LOL. I had that problem this year with the lack of rain. Had a bunch of plants I grew from seed and got them planted in the ground. After that I was watering them so they wouldn't die. Not exactly imnpressive to look at right now. I gave my neighbor an elephant ear that gets huge. He was all excited and there it sits with 6 inch leaves on it. It didn't get enough water so it has done almost nothing. LOL. He's not to impressed.
Really like your pictures, it's great seeing the progress one step at a time. I've often wondered If those 'almost dead' plants at lowe's could come back this time of year with the cooler weather coming.
I was just at lowes a few hours ago. No half dead plants at all. They were getting rid of outdoor stuff at 50% off of the lowest priced marked. They had an outdoor 10x10 event tent with side curtians for $12, they're usually $50. Outdoor furniture was real cheap for whatever they left over. I'm close to Lowes so I cruise it every couple of weeks especially when the seasons change. To bad the plant buyer for the Bluffton Lowes seems to be dead on with her numbers.
One of my friends rented a house from hippies and at last count 37 buddas were found. LOL. They were were everywhere but kind of hidden. No pest control on that house it was meant to be left "natural". It was fun trying to find new buddas. They were up in trees looking down, in bushes, think they pretty much were looking at every piece of the house and yard.
There is a house in Asheville just off Haywood Road that has Panda bears everywhere in the yard, in trees, up on fence posts, I do mean everywhere, but it's always fun to try to spot a new one that you haven't noticed before.
Oh...I just love fairies, pixies, dragons, etc...and try to make my yard a sanctuary. In fact, a mischievous little pixie sat up housekeeping in one of my flower pots this year! I've tried to get a picture of her, but she's shy and won't let me get too close.
av_ocd_girl: They can be elusive, as you know. Some of mine, though, are quite bold and love being photographed; others just flit around the edges of my vision! Here's one who darted into our sunroom and sits on a table listening to our conversations.
Here's another before photo of part of a front garden area. This is right in front of the bow window in our living room. Horribly weedy and overgrown due to my working the last four years in Asheville and only getting home on weekends and holidays. I'm embarrassed by this photo, but there's worse to come.
I hope you have better luck with your fabric! We moved into a house this year and there is fabric or plastic down everywhere. Would have been great, however, in most places the weeds are growing on top of it and through it! It has become my nemesis. You did nice work on your beds! Come on down and I'll put you to work! Melissa
Melissa: I hear you on the weeds growing on top. They do, but maybe it won't be so bad as it was when we started! They were about to devour the house.
DH has done most of the hard, heavy work, thank goodness, and today I have come down with a cold, sore throat, laryngitis, the works, so we've not made very much progress. Did get some of the fabric down and one plant in the ground, but it's simply going to have to wait until I feel better.
Mind if I nose into your thread to ask a Question ? I'm a new gardener, and being a part of DG is like going to gardening school. What is the "Fabric" you talk about, and how do you use it ? Do you make your beds in the fall for spring ?
Lynda: I don't mind at all and welcome to DG. You'll love it here, but beware: addictions lie ahead!
The fabric is landscape fabric which we are using for weed control. I am opposed to its use, but DH insists, after spending too many weekend trying (and failing) to keep the weeds at bay, so I've relented for the front of the house. Not all the beds will have it, though. I need a holding bed for plants I can't resist but don't yet have a spot for. The fabric goes down over the freshly dug or tilled area and the mulch goes down over the fabric. DH likes to put the fabric down first, then cut holes and plant. I think you should plant first and cut the fabric to fit around the holes, so we have a difference of opinion there. But however it is done, that its purpose.
As to making the beds, we are currently redoing all the beds at our house. I've been working out of town for the last four years and DH just didn't keep up with things, so we have a massive mess on our hands. It's easier just to start over.
Thanks for your questions and again welcome to DG. You'll find the friendliest, most helpful bunch of folks here!
Weeds are ALWAYS a problem, no matter where you garden...at least in my experience! I've tried everything under God's Blue Sky to minimalize the problem, but it's still there! You can't beat them, but you can minimize them. I use a 2-3" layer of mulch from the local Landfill right after planting. It doesn't completely stop the things from growing, but they're real easy to pull out of the mulch...