|The initial bed when the sod was removed (as seen through dirty window screen)|
|In the end even the volunteer squash was outdone by the weeds|
|Perennials waiting for planting in the shade of an apple tree|
|The weeds had begun to take over by August|
|With some of the weeds out of the way the bed is beginning to take shape|
Good grief, all those chores left to do makes it sound like nothing got done at all!!
Well there is good news (you know I can find some triumph in this fiasco).
Little Lamb hydrangea loved the move from the meadow where it had languished last summer and in it's new home it bloomed all summer long.
My new Rhododendron 'Catawbiense Album' has survived well and even produced some fat flower buds and many new leaf buds for next year.
In fact, many of my new plants have done well. Sea holly that was barely alive and rescued from the plant sale has bloomed all summer. Jacob's ladder pulled from the weedy knot garden has flourished. A very shabby looking red elderberry moved from the base of a maple tree has grown by leaps and bounds.
|Flowers growing in my new bed|
Overall this bed has been a huge amount of work but I am excited that it finally took shape. There's obviously a bit more work to be done but I'm looking forward to seeing it next year when it should be chock full of flowers from tulips and lilacs in spring to hydrangeas and coneflowers in fall.