Renovating and planting the lawn bed continues. I had to wait until after the Bridge of Flowers Plant Sale before I made my final ‘design’ decisions. This is the end of the Lawn Bed, all cleaned out of a nearly dead potentilla and lots of weeds. I also removed two clumps of ornamental grass that had been grown in pots last summer and just stuck in this bed in the fall. “Just sticking” a plant somewhere is always a bad idea.
The new plants are small enough and the picture takes the long view so it is hard to see exactly what I have planted. It turned out that I had chosen a number of yellow and orange plants at the sale, and from Bluestone Perennials. Helenium ‘Mardi Gras’ and a golden chrysanthemum ‘Starlet’, came from Bluestone. Yellow Carolina lupine, ‘Orange Perfection’ garden phlox, and a deep blue phlox stolonifera are all from the plant sale. I think most of them will fill out fairly well once they settle in. This bed is opposite the blue and white bed on the other lawn bed.
Renovating this bed meant digging up and weeding the purple leaved heuchera as well, but they are tough plants and will survive their planting very eaily.
I also bought an array of annuals from LaSalle’s at the plant sale and they needed planting. I chose mostly while and pale yellow plants with some blue accents. Osteospernum, petunias, lobelia and Million Bells. Some of the newly potted plants went on the front steps – in front of a door we never use.
There is a new arrangement on the side side of the piazza. I moved the shelf for the potted plants away from the roof overhang which dumped heavy water on the plants when it rained, and moved the shelf to the opposite side of the piazza. Now two Adirondack chairs are under the roof overhang and it is a really attractive arrangement. A happy project all around.
Planting continues in the vegetable garden, too, but that is not very photogenic yet. I was glad for today’s rain, and more promised rain to settle all these new plantings in.
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