Flower Bed Makeover


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!


Comments

  1. What a wonderful transformation. Please keep us posted maybe with a few more photos of the progress of this space as everything takes and grows! We're heading into winter now so our time in the garden is now not so critical. The only thing that keeps growing madly is the grass! Its too dry here and most of our plants have dried up or withered! Now we are looking forward to the rains to restore the ground a bit. I love lavender, yours is the perfect spot there next to the boulder.

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    1. Thanks, Everydaythings! :) I look forward to sharing more photos as the summer goes. Hope you're having a good, cool winter now after a HOT summer!

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  2. it is beautiful. and it will be fun to see what you add to it.
    but have to say... in a land here where summer is easily in the 100's...
    we've already had days in the upper 90's... any healthy tree taken out
    just because it's inconvenient is ... AAAGGGH!!!! LOL!
    to us it's blessed shade!
    but to each his/her own! i'd say you don't have to worry much about
    excessive heat. :) xoxo

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    1. I know, we bad on the tree removal... haha! The creeping pine didn't provide much shade, really... just a scraggly mess. We've been having 25 C/75 F temps this week... which is hot for here, but more delightful for there... ;)

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  3. It's really beautiful, Tracy. I can't wait to see it when your plants have become bigger and it fills out. You were smart to leave space (not my strong suit). It will let you see what works when it comes of age. That had to be a heavy duty job for both of you, between tree removal, root removal, re-dirting it and moving the small rocks around. I like that look. Well done, you!

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    1. A real labor of this little project... the bulk of that big labor done by TJ. Like you, I did want to pack in flowers and plants all around the boulder, but resisted to see how things do... and with what little we put in the bed, it was really expensive the makeover all in all. Looking forward to seeing how things to, and how it all grows!

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  4. I enjoyed seeing the photos from the make over to the ending. It looks like a beautiful area for those bees, birds and etc. to enjoy. I really like what you have done. I'm interested in your flower choices. We have an area that we need to re-do and this has given me some ideas.
    I loved the photo of TJ hard at work. Taking out a tree is no small project.
    I have been enjoying the photos of your yard; you do have a lovely one.
    Thanks for sharing this project. Sending loving thoughts and hugs your way!

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    1. Thank you, LeAnn... it's been fun to share what's taking shape here. :). Lavender is the best plant, I think. I thrives in dry spells during the summer, gives wonderful flowers and fragrance, and is useful for so many things!

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  5. That large rock! Oh my! TJ is very strong. Dianthus is a lovely perennial and the flowers do not quickly wilt. You will love the hidcote lavender and as long as you keep it well trimmed, it will last for several years.

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    1. The BIG boulder was already on the property when we moved here many years ago, so no lifting for us--thank goodness! We've just been trying to work around it. We have lots of lavender in other oartd of the garden already, and just love it--one of my fave plants! :)

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  6. What a wonderful makeover with beautiful results! I planted lavender this week also. You two are so cute. I love you both to bits! xoxo

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  7. How creative around the rock. Very nice!

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