And the LORD will continually guide you... give strength to your bones; And you will be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water whose waters do not fail. --Isaiah 58:11
The other day I shared a little bit of what's happening in our garden so far this spring... including this flower bed, which we recently gave a makeover. Our aim was to create a space that was pleasing to the eye and easy to tend, but more importantly to make it a haven and attraction filled with butterfly, bird, bee and insect-friendly plantings.
Here is the flower bed before-- what a mess! You almost can't tell this was actually a flower bed, as there wasn't a lot happening. Originally, many years ago, when we first developed this space (the big rock was already here when we took over the property), we tried to make a real rock garden with rocks and plants that would thrive in sun, as this spot receives a lot of sun. The rock garden surprisingly didn't do so well, mostly due to weather--too rainy a summer, or cold winter... So we tried again with some different plants, a different look, etc, but keeping some of the rocks. Anyway, fast forward... An over-grown, difficult to manage creeping pine took over the space. Some lovely purple irises were here, but had slowly died out. Any edge to the bed had been eroding. Only the rocks, drift wood, shells and other natural bits that required nothing from us thrived... haha!
The big lift in the "facelift" of this space, was removing the creeping pine. Here's TJ taking up the last bit of the big root! We cleared the bed of the last of the irises, rocks, etc., and made a new soil "canvas" to work with.
We completely re-shaped the bed, put in a galvanized steel edging to contain and define the space, keep some weeds out, and make mowing lawn around the bed easier. After TJ did a lot of the heavy work, I was more responsible for what next--plant choices, aesthetics, etc. Landscaping cloth went down all around, and then I added some rocks around the main, big rock. Plants spaced around the bed. Mulch...lots of mulch. And some of the "finer" rocks, drift wood and shells were places around the edges. More rocks may be added yet...
LOVE this big piece of driftwood!
I wanted a color palette of purple and white for the new patch. At the moment we have planted some pretty deep pink-purple double-flower Dianthus, which will flower again next year too.
I've also planted several Lavender plants-- "Hidcote" variety...
...and we have a few White Coneflower (Echinacea) "White Meditation," and a blue-purple Veronica/Spiked Speedwell (Veronica spicata). There's space for things to grow, and for us to see what works in the space, and to make some changes, if need be.
This is the third "incarnation" of this space, so we hope it will thrive and become a lovely extra beauty spot to our garden... And most of all, that it will supply flower nectar, nutrition and shelter for bees, birds and butterflies!