Monday, February 20, 2012

Progress....


We finally got to work on the Front Driveway Bed.


This is the way it looked last August.  Dead grass...awful railroad ties.  You can see the lovely view of the power boxes...ugh!


When we redid the Island Bed, we had chopped limestone left over.
We weren't going to use that on this side.  But, it worked out well.


So, here's where we are now.


We worked fast, between rains.

We dug out weeds and grass and lined the whole thing with limestone.

We ran out of the new stone.  So, we just borrowed from the other side of the house.
That makes the stones along the driveway sort of match...they're the same age.
Of course, now we have to replace those stones on the side of the house.


I moved this pot in, to 'stretch' the bricks.  But, it adds some interest.

A lot of the plants are from other areas.  In front of the pot are transplanted red Autumn Sage.


I moved an Artimesia Powis Castle.  Looks sad now, but will perk up with some pruning.
That's a new Society Garlic in the corner.


At the other end are three new Mexican Feather Grasses.  I think there needs to be two more.
In the back corner is the Unknown Agave.


It was moved from The Rock Bed.   Elli says it'll get shredded....but, I hope not.
It'll have plenty of room here.  If it does get huge, we can make the bed larger.


In the center is the new Yucca...which may be 'Bright Edge'.


We need to add more rocks...and, maybe more plants.  I don't want it too full.
And, of course, there needs to be mulch.
But, for now, it looks pretty good.

What do you think?

Happy Gardening...
~~Linda~~

20 comments:

  1. Such a big improvement, it will be so much nicer this summer to have plants there.

    Using what you already have to coordinate across the drive works well too. Just a bit at a time is the best way. Works for us.

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    1. It is a big improvement.
      I like using what we have. Only problem there...it has to be replaced with something else.
      And, one step at a time does work best.

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  2. Looks great! I love the limestone border. It outlines the bed nicely.

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    1. Thank you. Limestone just works best around here, among all this limestone.

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  3. Here's what I think....NICE JOB! It's clean and open. Great structural plants that will fill in wonderfully. I also like how you combined a rock border with these agave plants. Never a bad combo. I'm excited for you guys....I know what a relief it is to finally get the work going on a project.

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    1. Thanks. I like a clean, open look to a bed. I love looking at cottage gardens, with the shoulder to shoulder plantings. I'm just not sure I could really live with it. I need to see some soil.

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  4. Nice...perhaps don't add a thing until the plants fill in?

    Though I could see adding several feather grass along the enture length of the driveway side, 18"-24" out from that edge...might unify that bed nicely.

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    1. I did get a couple more feather grass for the border. I'm going to wait and see how things progress...there's that word again...to see if or what might be added.

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  5. I smiled when I saw the post title, "Progress". You've been making progress ever since you bought this home. It's been fun to watch your gardens take shape and see them again later in full growth.

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    1. We do seem to keep on 'progressing' here, don't we. Our son is always asking if this place is ever going to be 'done'. I just tell him, probably not.

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  6. Looks great, Linda! You have planted a lot of tough ones that will do great in the dry, heat of our summers. :)

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    1. Thanks. I wanted things that won't need to be watered often....and, can stand the heat.

      I just hope the deer will leave the agave alone, when we take the screen off. They can do a lot of damage.

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  7. Love the plants you picked ...looks great, a lot of hard work I know with the limestone...

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    1. Thanks. Yes, digging in this rocky soil, is a challenge.

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  8. Lookin' good. I really like the bright edge yucca. I just bought some for my yard too. I actually did it on accident, since I thought I was buying color guard yucca at the time. But, I'm happy with the purchase. I like that little tinge of tangerine it gets in the cold.

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    1. I liked the subtle colors in this one, more than the bright yellow of the 'color guard'. I like the yellows, but this one just seems to go better with other colors here.
      Funny...the color guard was labeled with the right name...this one just said 'yucca'.

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  9. I was wondering about the screen around the agave. I saw the comment above. I did not know that deer bothered them. The bed looks great.

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    1. Deer will chomp on agave. (Deer will chomp and ANYthing.)

      They have shredded a couple of ours. Our neighbor had some large ones taken out, because of that. I recued them, and they're trying to come back. If I can keep them in the ground long enough. The deer like to pull things up, too.

      I hope they'll leave them all alone for a while. There is lots of green stuff out there for them to eat.

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~~Linda...