Then a trench for electrical service to the new detached garage/workshop became the unlikely spark for progress.
Construction completed, rocks were used to form a raised bed, and a much needed gravel path was added from the gate to the deck.
|March 4, 2011|
Filled with top soil and compost, the bed was ready to plant.
|March 24, 2011|
A few weeks ago the wind blew some of the plants over the walkway and I'm even enjoying that part.
Many of these plants I wouldn't have selected from a nursery this early on since I'm more focused on structure. Those gorgeous yellow blooms are Forsythia Sage (Salvia Madrensis), a large shade loving, fall bloomer that is perfect here. Other plants include Monarda 'Raspberry Wine', Walker's Low Nepeta, Red Salvia microphylla, and Shrimp Plant 'Fruit Cocktail' (Justicia brandegeana). Some are commonly shared plants like pigeonberry, cannas, red spider lily, ruellia. The blue potato bush (Lychianthes rantonnetii) arrived as a small rooted cutting and is now overgrowing the space and it really needs more sun.
This area could change a lot next year, but I'll still have the pictures of this amazing little garden with all its promise