When we last left off in the story of this garden, we’d begun planting in the newly walled front garden. Woot! We’d also put in a gravel path at the top of some stone garden steps, setting aside some planting beds on the south-west corner. And we’d begun selecting plants including:
- creeping thyme
- various sedge
- new zealand flax
- various sedum
- juniper shrubs
- golden oregano
- blue fescue
- rock cress
- various armeria
- golden creeping jenny
- black mondo grass
Heading into summer, when we have drought here, I got a whole bunch of bark mulch to help keep moisture in the soil, make our bare bones garden look a bit more polished, and to help bring some more organic matter into our clay soil as it broke down.
With this experience under our belts, we headed to the sides of the house. These are basically long pathways, approx 10′ wide on each side of our house. The one on the north side gets little light, not just because of its orientation, but also because it’s shaded by the house. The one on the south side gets afternoon light, being shaded by a large cherry tree in the AM. The north side has an access door to our basement with a corrugated metal roof over it, and the cement sidewalk that begins in the front, continues around that way – breaking for approx 12′ in the middle – then picks up again to end at the stairs to the deck in the back.
Step 1 for both, like with the front, was to take out all the weeds. Mixed in with the weeds were some keepers on the north side, like some sword ferns and calla lily. And the south side was comprised mostly of lemon balm. Lovely if you want it. Persistent if you don’t. Both sides went relatively quickly, with the south side a little slower because we tilled all the soil using a digging shovel, then raked it level & covered with tarp.
At this point, we’d reached early summer, and we continued to purchase plants to add to the front. We also started to lose a little steam. The back yard held untold pain and misery including buried brick patios, necessary regrading, random mounds of ferns and bulbs, and a particularly terribly placed tree. *sigh*
- Garden Steps, Mulching and more Mulching
- Regrading & the terror of morning glory