the projects are proceeding slowly as I am doing most of the work myself.
Deer, drought, over grown plants, and high maintenance borders have necessitated these changes.
The David Austin Roses...
greedy for water and slightly high maintenance
are staying put!
There was a bed in the middle of the gravel driveway that took a lot of work and the plants were not too happy.
I laid down some landscape cloth and covered the base of the rose with bricks and filled the gaps with gravel and then spread a cubic yard of "screenings"over the cloth so none of it shows.
This will pack down nicely with time and blend in with the rest of the drive.
The romneya coulteri likes "living on the edge."
The dry gravel and sand are it's best friends!
The rampant invasive violets were pulled and the bed dug deep and we have laid black garbage bags in hopes that they will not come back.
This bed in the back side yard will be replanted after a few weeks or possibly months.
this bed is also under wraps...
ugly I know but I couldn't bear to spray with toxic chemicals.
This patio is in the side yard
and features two dwarf apple trees and a riot of Lady's Mantle and Limelight Hydrangeas.
It's shady part of the day and a lovely spot to sit with a cup of tea.
Look what we found nestled under the overgrown lilies!
It was a slow release "frog" fertilizer and now it looks prehistoric!
The view from the kitchen...
The slide is in the space where the greenhouse is going to be placed.
The grass is full of clover, buttercups and violets...we hope to find a hardy grass that will be green in winter and gold in summer as we will not be watering it much, if at all depending on the water restrictions.
The bed with the asparagus and two climbing roses will be modified and the hydrangeas will be dug out and the rhubarb and strawberries will be relocated near the green house.
Pots were planted up to add colour and interest.
The intimate patio area just off the back basement door.
Out front we planted more deer and drought tolerant plants...
in the front of the bed we chose Blue Fescue grasses.
The bees love the prickly blue eryngium and the lavenders.
Blue Russian Sage and Salvias are mixed in with yellow rudbeckias
and at the front more Blue Fescue Grasses.
Pots were replanted...
Black Mondo grass and a Lime Green succulent.
The deer have so far, resisted munching these hydrangeas and I am so grateful!
I have several of these out in the front yard and I love them.
I'm considering swapping this blue and mauve hydrangea for another limelight...
Roses planted with lily of the valley as a ground cover.
I have kept a few Hostas which the deer love to dine on...
(as do the slugs)
I will see what happens over time and if they are munched too often I will place them in the back garden.
At the end of the drive against the fence we have a drought tolerant bed of mostly grasses.
Montbretia, sedum, hostas, black mondo grass, hellebores, variegated iris and planters with succulents.
So they are not going to happen for awhile...
in the meantime I putter and chip away at the tasks that I can do myself.
It's a lot of work, but it's also a lot of fun!
I hope you've enjoyed seeing what's happening in our patch.
These flowers look like a smiling face...
do you see it?
Hope you have a fabulous weekend.
We're on "Baby Watch" this weekend.
Fingers crossed that wee one comes soon.
We can hardly wait to meet her!