Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Rhody be gone: after
I don’t know about you but when it comes to planting a new space the only way I can really figure out what I’m doing is to place the plants in the landscape. Then move them around, and move them around again. Wait a couple of days and move them again. Finally I'm happy...then, it’s time to plant.
Planting this area took a good couple of days, and then I had to wait for another bit of dry weather to mulch. Then, I finally took the “after” pictures. Most of these were taken on May 16th a couple more last Friday, the 1st… you can assume the ones with the super dark mulch were the earlier photos, after a couple of weeks the mulch has lightened to a more realistic color.
The first thing you’re going to think is WOW she’s planted a lot of things…some of which are going to get really big! Yes, I know I’ll be doing some editing as time goes by. There are also a few things that are marginally hardy here, so they may do a little editing on their own.
Next you’re going to look at the Loquat in the back and think…doesn’t she realize that’s a tree? Well you see I do. And my hope is that as these things start to grow, especially the Loquat, I can get ruthless with the Privet and chop chop chop. I’ve been cutting back bits every few days. A stronger person might have made the big cuts already, but I hate too much change all at once, especially when it comes to my sense of enclosure and privacy in the back garden.
The "big" rock got partially buried kind of in the center, it acts as a surface for a Callistemon to sprawl over and helps (for my eyes) to divide the space between front and back. Not in a big way but subtly. I briefly (very briefly) flirted with the idea of a berm for separation but quickly decided against it.
Just in case you’re wondering these succulents (the Senecio, Kalanchoe and Sedum) are from the cuttings I took last fall and overwintered on the windowsill. I simply pulled them out of their little containers and planted them “as is”…instant succulent mix for color, I will definitely be doing this again.
So there it is, my "new" planting area in the back garden. It was a huge amount of work, which I didn't plan on for this spring, but now that it's done I love it. New plants = always a good thing. As I worked through these photos I realized there are a few other (equally wonderful) plants in there that I didn’t get a picture of, no doubt I’ll have plenty of opportunities to share images of them in the future. Those of you who were really paying attention might have spotted a rocky bit that I made no mention of. That’s for tomorrow!