Monday, July 4

Independence... from My Front Lawn!

I can barely keep my eyes open as I type this, so (for once) my post should be short & sweet.  This weekend, we ended up tearing out the 3ft. strip of grass that remained between my front yard garden and my sidewalk.  (Because, as Steve said in regards to what little grass I had kept there: "Really... why?")  In its place, I planted an entire flat of 'Salsa Burgundy' annual salvia, 2 rather large 'Hameln' pennisetums (to match a third), 2 baby lady's mantle, and various pieces of 'Dragon's Blood' and another similar red-leaf sedum. 

Here are the "after" shots:



Well, "after" the planting, but before the mulching. Steve tore out the majority of the grass while I was ripping out  the rest of the golden marjoram from around the purple ninebark and freeing the two pennisetums that were to be moved.  In place of the marjoram and grasses, I FINALLY planted those 3 'So Sweet' hostas, a 'Black & Blue' salvia, and half a flat of scented snapdragons.

I also repotted a giant sago palm, added some more string trellising for my cukes and spaghetti squash, moved my plumeria to a larger container with a few annuals surrounding it, and assembled my 'Blue Daze' evolvulus, 'Silver Cascade' dusty miller, chartreuse coleus and hot pink celosia into a container planting. Oh, and I fertilized my tomatoes, too--which should be an easy job, except that my Gardening Assistant finds Tomato Tone to be disgustingly appetizing. So any application of Tomato Tone must immediately be followed by a fresh application of mulch to hide the apparently delicious fertilizer!


More pictures of all of the above to follow... but now, it's time for some sleep.  :)

9 comments:

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Oh my gosh girl you have been a worker bee. Great job here. It will be so pretty when it fills in. Heck it is already pretty. Try to get some rest. My Garden Assistant (Luna) loves it when I use bone meal. She eats so much dirt trying to get it she usually pukes. UGH....

Sissy said...

wow! what an awesome spot that is going to be! My Assistants love guano. Like Lisa, they puke. Some assistant!
Can't wait to see the photos of the area again!

Lona said...

That is one of those "why didn't I think of this sooner" moments. LOL! You have had a busy weekend then.

joey said...

All looks great! Missing you. July ((hugs)).

Gail said...

It looks smashing! You know~I love's Steve's comment! gail

Sunray Gardening said...

Looks great. Lots of hard work but worth it in the end.
Cher Sunray Gardens

Stratoz said...

Sounds wonderful and wise....I wish I had ripped out my grass a bit at a time

Benjamin Vogt said...

Yes! Die grass, die! I looks MUCH better.

Patrick's Garden said...

WOW, what a wonderful send off to your former grass. I'm impressed at what it looks like right now and can't wait to see future posts.

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