Winter sanctuary ready for the dormant hosta
If you all recall, a British display garden which was small and in containers, was featured somewhere. For the life of me, I cannot remember where.
The garden was not big, it was in containers, and the garden was exquisite. Seems that the gardener used his privacy fence to house some of his containers.
That is where I got the inspiration for my latest project, that wore me to a frazzle, of creating a Winter Dormancy Sanctuary for my hosta container garden. I am well on the way to moving hosta into it. As each hosta goes dormant, I'm reassigning it to the shadier and less visible half of our "back forty," the 100 x 25 foot strip of garden space our lovely neighbor sold us a couple of years ago.
Since a wooden privacy fence is not intended to support big pots, as someone pointed out to me, I found an alternate way of dealing with the issues. Cinder blocks support 2x4s and 2x2 treated wood runners, and the pots are TIPPED to prevent at least some rain from entering, and to allow drainage. I finished the structural part of the job yesterday. I bought every last bag of mulch from my local Ace hardware, to their delight, and hauled the bags and spread them myself. The pine bark supplier went out of business, so that was a real bummer.
Stages of work included RoundUp application, wait for things to die, dig up what wouldn't die. Then apply cow manure and cheaper soil to raise low spots. Spread all the supply of newspaper. Cut and place the layers of landscape fabric. Bring home countless car loads of cypress mulch to cover the surface of this portion of the back forty. Spread it out. Lay the 12 x 12 pavers for a pathway through the area. Stack the cinder blocks around the perimeter of the privacy fence. Add the treated lumber to support the tilted pots.
I also discovered that I had squirrel problems, since they enjoyed the softer soil of the pots to digging in the ground. And, I did not want to have a forest of pecan seedlings next spring. I ordered 4 pounds of ground cayenne pepper (AKA red pepper or Chinese pepper) with 90,000 hu (heat units) so it is super hot hot hot. That is expected to arrive today.
A Flickr album of the work and the final result is up now, and can be viewed by clicking on any of the photos herewith attached. If anyone has a thought about tweaking this area, without too much heavy-duty work, speak up. If you notice, there is a chair in the middle of the sanctuary, and that is where I sit and watch the hosta sleep.
and the first use of cayenne pepper, on my Don Rawson hosta pots--will reapply when the hot stuff arrives
What do you think?
And here is the other end of the back forty hosta display area. Waiting to go dormant so they can be snugged in for the winter too.