22 September 2012

Plants in Holding

As you may recall from previous posts, we recently moved households and realized that several changes needed to be made in the new landscape.  Beginning with the staining of the front and back decks, we found we needed to move some plants earlier than planned and a couple cedars needed to be removed.  Not wanting the plants to die on me, I decided to make use of the now empty raised garden bed. (sorry, the cedars were beyond saving, sob)

Included in the holding bed are two potentillas and chives, which pre-existed us in the garden, and one astilbe, two hostas, a Karl Foerster grass and a couple of the annuals from a pot.  When I planted pots this spring, I did so with perennials and annuals mixed so I might add the perennials to my new garden. 

Now, without a landscape plan yet ready, I have improvised a holding bed.  Autumn arrived today so further changes to the landscape are not likely this year.  Next year however, I hope to add a three-flowered maple, a mock orange, perhaps a topiary or two, and numerous bulbs, perennials and shrubs.  Pathways and a water feature are in the future plans too.  All in good time though.  In the meantime, I am hoping the additions to the holding bed are hardy enough to make it through a winter in their temporary abode.

I invite you to return regularly to see more landscaping in progress.  I'm thinking an Asian inspired garden would be nice.  I envision paths from the deck to a fire pit, some kind of water feature (a pond again?  perhaps a waterfall with a stream and bridge?), some solar lighting around the perimeter and near the deck and pathways, perhaps some statuary.  Oh and, no gnomes, hon!  Promise?!!!

See you soon!  I'm off to prune out some poplar suckers that are encroaching upon the undersides of the deck. Somehow I have to squeeze beneath a two foot crawl space to do so.  Hope I don't get stuck!

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