You have the bones of a great shade garden. Use the chopped up leaves that you can have to mulch around your Hosta and other plants you will have. You are fortunate to have nature's gift . Many of us must spend years getting what you already have. I wish you well.
Great project! How many people worked on it? It will be such a wonderful area to walk through and see the plants grow. I wake up sometimes too early and go to the garden just to have a quiet moment to see things grow. My men don't appreciate plants unless they have flowers the size of a football :(
I've been looking through the pictures I took over the last two years and I wish I did more on this scale to get an idea of how the garden as a whole grows and changes.
How many people worked on it? Just yours truly. All of the rock walls (and I use that term loosely - I'm no stone mason) came from rocks that I dug up. Dig a hole any larger than a tea cup and you hit rock...some little, some huge. The gravel paths were a challenge. I carried it up to the top in 5-gallon buckets.
I know what you mean by quiet moments in the morning. If the photo were to continue to the right there is a small patio that is just outside my bedroom. I love my morning coffee sitting there and just taking it all in. And my mid-day iced tea and evening wine...
My husband grows the fruit and veggies and I stick to flowers although he is very good about taking the obligatory "tour" every couple of days to see what is blooming.
Happy, no I did not use mortar. I just stacked them up pretty randomly. If I came across a stone too big to dig up and move, I started a wall at that point. In the winter freeze/thaw I do end up with some stones that fall out of place so I re-stack them in the spring. The moles also cause a few to fall now and then as do the other local critters and my dog that chases said critters.
DebbieLou - WOW!! How gorgeous! I agree with kdfisher - I waould love to see pics of everything blooming, and then again in its full summer glory!! Fabulous job!! Samantha Oh, & PS - IF you truly are addicted, then you, my dear have come to the RIGHT place! LOL!!
Yep, I think I need a larger yard too. I did realize that I have a bunch of lame grass on the side of my house that gets a lot of shade. I think I will make that one of my projects this year.
BTW- I didn't mean to put 20 sq ft...It is more like 40 sq ft
Here it is as it looks this morning. I have a difficult time trying to photograph it. In summer when everything is filled out it is completely shaded and too dark to see. This is about as much actual bloom as I get.