What you can do with soil and sunshine
The lupines were there. I’m standing in front of where the old bed stopped, transplanting 2 coneflowers over near the other plants. (Learned that lupines are biennial when they didn’t come back.)
Lots of good stuff in here: allium seedheads still hanging around like frozen fireworks, an Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ to remind me of my wedding bouquet, zinnias, mint, sedum, chives, basil ‘African Blue,’ Iris transplanted from the backyard, and new perennials to plant this week: Sanguisorba, Japanese anemones (!!!), and primulas from the ACNARGS sale. Then today the neighbors gave us daffodil bulbs.
I have never planted a daffodil. I’ve never planted most of this before.
The bed in the front of the house was never finished, and since we got back in June, it was late to start. This is a testament to the miracle of seeds: ‘King Kong’ sunflowers (seedlings given from a neighbor), Cosmos, ‘Miracle of Peru’ four-o-clocks, Batchelor buttons, a 6+ft Helianthus finally blooming on the right corner, and struggling in its shade to the left is switchgrass, borage, Joe Pye, and Eryngium yuccifolium ‘Rattlesnake master,’ perennials all planted last fall. Oh and the crazy Campanula ‘Kent Belle’ at far left, finally pooping out. The cardboard on the left corner is keeping weeds down until I figure out what should go in this shady spot with only afternoon sun.
What you get around here with a little sun and heat: growth.
Why stop now? The ugly plastic is killing grass and weeds to make a new bed. There are 2 Perovskia ‘Blue Spire’ plants and 1 Speedwell holding on there now, and to come, a Lychnis coronaria ‘Rose Campion,’ 2 different Chelone, 2 more ‘Rattlesnake masters,’ and a plug of Love grass. Maybe more switch grass. At the far end of the plastic is an old stump. I’m hoping to carve into it and plant some interesting little things. If that doesn’t work, I’m looking for an big, funky planter to stick on top of it.
At first we thought we’d make the whole front yard into a garden, since it’s smallish, and it would be interesting to make small terraces with low stone walls, finally doing something with the edge of the ditch, which I’m determined can be pretty. But now we have Lucky Buddy Jake and lots more to do, so this will be the extent of the expansion. For now.