I got this idea because we don’t sit in the corner, and it just called out for a little raised-bed rock-lined garden. I stopped by a local nursery and bought $35 worth of annuals to plant there.Then I realized that, although this corner faces south, because of the growing elm and maple trees on the hillside nearby, it doesn’t actually get full sun. Then I thought, I’ve been reading this great book about the importance of native plants to support our native bugs and birds and other wildlife. So I went around the yard with a trowel and carefully dug up small pieces of the following plants. Not all are native, but most are, and all can tolerate part shade.
There are eleven kinds of plants I transplanted there altogether; here is the complete list:
- tiarella foam flower from our own woods
- three kinds of primroses, one from nearby woods
- pink and white bleeding heart from my sister
- wild ginger from our own woods
- woodland phlox from the roadside in nearby Heuvelton
- forget me not from the in-laws’ yard near Albany
- violets, both purple and yellow wood violets here when I got here
- purple columbine from Eleanor’s garden
- sweet woodruff from a friend’s garden in town
- pulmonaria I can’t remember where from
- woodland anemone from a catalog, but it grows around here
Just after I planted them, we had a bit of rain, and this morning they all appear to have made the move without a problem. Now, where will I put those annuals?
My next project is to build a nice stone wall at the top of the front yard. I already have it done in my mind–but the actual doing has to wait until classes are over! I did, however, take the before photos already! Here they are:
that’s from the driveway side–here is from the other side:
Stay tuned for the “during” and “after” photographs. I am hoping to finish it before the garden party on Mother’s Day.