My first 2008 garden projects!

jel48(Z4 Michigan)July 15, 2008

My new home:

After being 'stuck' inside doing house moving stuff for a month, we finally got to move out to the yard last weekend. I didn't get before pictures, but there really wasn't much there. Just an old sunken oval bed in the front that did contain some nice sized hosta.

We brought in 13 cubic yards of topsoil and built up the area next to the foundation on the front (north) and side (west) of the house. We decided to go ahead and build this a little higher then needed for good drainage in order to be able to display the gardens better. We also decided to build up and reshape the area where the original sunken bed had been in the front yard.

First we had to move rocks. There had been a border on the old oval bed and also around the house, although there really wasn't too much planted there. We did salvage some nice lupines and some ajuga and also what looked like daylilies (probably stella d'oro) but had no flowers. Not surprising as they were planted in a pretty well shaded area. Oh, and the big hosta(s) from the front bed as well. We dug HUGE clumps of dirt and it took both of us to lift them out of the ground and set them to the side. It worked great though! Once back in place in the new raised bed, they look like they've always been there!

Then came the dirt. Since we didn't have a packer, it took a lot of stompin' to get it all in place.

Then the fun part... designing and planting!

The bed around the front of the house is hosta and bleeding hearts (that's where the flowerbed name 'Hostas and Hearts' came from). If you're interested in any particular hostas in this bed, let me know and I'll name them for you.

The oval bed in the middle of the front yard contains the original four hosta that were growing there (unidentified), a couple of hosta seedlings that were also there, and WILL contain the other hosta whose nametags have been lost due to moving twice and tags that didn't hold up over the winter :-( Some of them will probably be identified once I figure out 'who' is missing from my list of hosta that I moved from Owatonna to Rochester last fall and then from Rochester to Michigan this spring (although I didn't lose any tags on that last move). In the meantime, they're going here in my 'Bed of the Unknown Hosta'.

Here are the photos of the front beds:

One showing the side of the front steps... we're moving into a more sunny area here and have put in a climbing rose, perennials baby's breath, and have yet to plant the pots of statice and pincushion flowers.

These next photos are the east side yard. Full morning sun, which is about as good as it gets for sun in our yard. This area will be a rosebed. In the meantime it's the 'holding area' for all of the plants that aren't planted yet:

And then a bit of the back (actually side) door steps and the garage area. We probably won't do a lot of planting in this area because we normally park the 4-Wheelers in here. Maybe we'll have a potted (not pot, potted) garden in here :-)

And these two, just because I think they're cool. A couple of fossil rocks that we picked up out of the old sunken bed in the front yard:

As you can see, very much a work in progress, but not too bad for one weekend's work!

And if I didn't mention, the new place is in Michigan UP, way up north on the Keweenaw penninsula.

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carmellia(z 4 Minn)

Do I understand right? Are you now in Michigan?

While I am at it, the variegated iris I got from you at your plant exchange is looking wonderful. I don't think it will bloom this year, but I don't care. The foliage is wonderful. I'll wait til next year for the blooms. Carmellia

    Bookmark   July 15, 2008 at 12:36PM
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selkie_b(z4 MN)

It's beautiful! But we'll still miss ya :)


    Bookmark   July 15, 2008 at 3:18PM
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jel48(Z4 Michigan)

Hi Carmellia. You understand right. I moved to Michigan on June 9th.I'm glad the iris is doing well for you! Marie, I'm gonna miss all of you too, but I'll still show up for an occasional plant swap. It's in the plans :-)

    Bookmark   July 15, 2008 at 5:44PM
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I loved your pictures and your new house. It looks almost exactly like a house I rented in Calif. over 40 years ago. I loved that house it was magic. It was also haunted but thats another story. How fortunate you are that you can do what you want to it. We couldn't do anything of course and that was frustrating but thanks for your pictures. They really take me back.... McT

    Bookmark   July 15, 2008 at 11:08PM
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papou(Z5b Ontario)

Hi Joyce! Lots of work for one weekend! So I can imagine how everything will look next year. Congratulations on your new house and your new project.


    Bookmark   July 16, 2008 at 6:41AM
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jel48(Z4 Michigan)

Thanks, McT and Papou! The yard is not much bigger than a handkerchief, but we're determinied to make it the best it can be. And we absolutely love the house, so we're putting our best into it!

    Bookmark   July 16, 2008 at 8:37AM
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Since I saw your newest post first, this one has answered my question about hosta and other plants.

Enjoy your new home and garden..


    Bookmark   July 16, 2008 at 11:21AM
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What a wonderful new home!!! And you are doing a great job of making it
your own--the gardens will be lovely, I am very sure!!!

Can't wait to see how it progresses--keep us *informed* will you?

    Bookmark   July 16, 2008 at 10:30PM
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Joyce - I new it wouldn't take you too long after settling in to get those new beds started. Your doing a wonderful job and so much in just a weekend. I can't wait to see updates as you go along.
Keep in touch

    Bookmark   July 17, 2008 at 9:39PM
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chevy57red(3/4 MN)

So glad to see pics of the new "digs".
Every pun lovingly intended.
Like I said before, if there is a special plant you are looking for let me know.
We are still getting ready for DD's wedding here in Sept.
And a garden tour to be here next July.
Will post some new pics in a few days of the newest beds.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2008 at 6:37AM
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