This latest project has been working it's way along, in one form or another, since last September. That's when I realized I wanted to remove a strip of lawn in front of the palm.
I last wrote about this project in February, when I asked what you all thought I should do with the third paver. The one that would now fall behind the line, the brick edging line that is.
The project finally got underway and I removed a strip of sod 30" deep and 14' long. In a small, maxed-out, garden that's a lot of new planting space!
And here's a preview of how I decided to treat the third paver. I had to wait until Andrew had time to move it to it's new spot. At 89 lbs it's beyond my ability.
This project was not a quick one. So much was going on inside the house this spring that outside projects were on the back-burner. I removed the sod in early April...
And two weeks passed before I got the edging in place. I was smart enough to move the Edgeworthia chrysantha ‘Akebono’ (orange blooming) early on, before some big rains came through.
It seemed to appreciate the attention, since it had been languishing in a less than ideal spot.
A big part of why this project had to happen was to create space to move the urn with Grevillea 'Austraflora Fanfare' front and center. Last year it spent the growing season mostly buried behind the monster Melianthus. That's the monster to the left of the Hakonechloa on the left. I had cut it back to the ground in February so it's just getting going when this photo was taken on April 21st.
Love that Grevillea!
Plants collected (some might say too many plants)...and it's time to get down to business and put them in the ground!
Of course once I got started I neglected to take photos. And then I wanted to mulch before taking close-ups. Here's the final result...
What do you mean those plants are too close together?!
Starting on the far left...at the back corner and hard to see that's the Colutea x media I picked up at Dancing Oaks.
Close up of the Colutea, and a confession. See those long stems with hardly any leaves? It's been quite dry here and I neglected to water in a timely fashion. The leaves on the tips turned crispy and fell, thankfully new ones are emerging.
Lupinus albifrons front and center.
This plant makes me swoon!
To the right of the Astelia nivicola 'Red Gem' just below the Hakonechloa is Correa backhouseana...
"One of the largest and most frost hardy of the Australian fuschias"...creamy white flowers. Love those leaves!
The Melianthus major 'Antonow's Blue' is looking pretty much perfect right now, size-wise (in May). In other words come August, oh boy, look out...
The ground in front of the urn is planted up with assorted succulents, most of which (maybe all?) are not hardy here. The urn may need to be moved come winter (emptying of water before a freeze, access to the gutters for cleaning) so I purposely used the space in front of it for things that will get lifted in the late fall.
Yes those blooms are pink...but it's a strong pink, with purple and yellow. In otherwords, I like them. A lot.
I'm hoping these will grow quickly and create a carpet...
Greenovia aurea ‘Gran Canaria Form’
Abutilon 'Nuabtang' Lucky Lantern Tangerine (assuming the label was correct, as you can see those flowers aren't tangerine) with Artemisia versicolor 'Seafoam'.
Brachyglottis greyi (Senecio greyi)
An Eryngium whose name I've forgotten. Maybe I'll decide to go look for the tag. Of course if you're reading this that means I did not.
I brought the Echium fastuosum back from a visit to Annie's Annuals last fall and over-wintered it insde the sp-greenhouse. It's not hardy so this summer will be it's only time to shine.
There's the Sophora microphylla 'Sun King' I picked up at the HPSO plant sale labeled as Acacia 'Sun King'.
And at the base of the Edgeworthia Salvia discolor.
On the right (ish) in the slightly bare spot in the sea of Galium odoratum is Lomatia myricoides. Weigela ‘Dark Horse’ on the far right.
Another Salvia, S. apiana
A long view. I'm extremely happy with how this project turned out. Now the planting area along the neighbor's garage feels the right size, it was a little narrow before this change.
I had to end with a shot of the crazy Callistemon viridiflorus doing it's thing.
Isn't it fabulous!?
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