Feb 13: Plans for the back hill

To do

I finally figured out a way to plot out plants in a way that I can visualize how they’ll look in the space. I photographed the back beds, then annotated the photos using Preview on my mac. I had to combine two pictures to get a full panorama of the back hill, but I think I’ve finally (mostly) gotten to a point where next time it’s warm enough to work in the garden, I know which plants to move and where. I’m hopeful I can get most everything moved before my gardening vacation in March, when I’ll mulch.

I want to rearrange everything: every circle shown here is a plant I need to move 😬

Already done

These are the plants I’ve already moved; I shifted my work day earlier Friday so I could take advantage of warm temperatures to work in the garden.

This is the bed I created in February of 2021. In its first season, I sowed seeds for annuals (zinnias, dill, and Mexican sunflowers), but they took too long to come in, and I am not patient. Then, once they exploded in bloom, they were messy and too tall. So this year I’ll try something different. I’ve moved a bunch of perennials, some of which are early bloomers and some are later. I also plotted a little path through them so that it’s not just a giant rectangle and it has a little more organic shape.

I’m excited for the next warm day so I can start working on the rest of the hill.

One thought on “Feb 13: Plans for the back hill

  1. Some of that seems rather crowded. The blue festuca seems about right, but the Russian sage is is almost as closely spaced. Joe Pye and goldenrod sound interesting. I ‘still’ have not tried either of them yet; and this was supposed to be the year for that. Everyone else seems to be familiar with those, but I have never met them. Pineapple sage arrived here this year though. It was not planned. I just grew a few from cuttings of a branch that got in my way at the ATM in town. I have met it before, but never understood its allure. I think that I am not so keen on it because no one cuts it back here. It just gets big and shabby without much bloom. Well, now I can get acquainted with it.


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