A few weeks back, I spent considerable effort digging out this shady garden that never really looked good. It was full of daylilies that I removed.
The area has been sitting bare until I had the time to remove all the hosta from these deck planters (pic taken two years ago). I know they look pretty good here, but they really only look good for a few weeks after they come up each spring. It is too sunny in this area and the leaves always burn. They have also been here for a few years and it's time to rejuvenate this area.
Today was the day. They were not easy to remove as the following picture will show.
We had to remove a layer of logs to get the shovel down deep enough. They all came out in one big mass that took two of us to carry out of the planting box. Now we are left with this ugly mess.
We will fix it all up soon enough. It was great to have perennials planted that just came up every year with no effort from me. Now I hope it will be fun to come up with something different to grow here next year. I think I will go back to annuals since the planting space is so limited.
I hacked them into manageable clumps, then planted all of them in this new hosta garden. You can see the burned leaves on some of them. Can you imagine how much it would have cost if I had to buy all of these plants? It really pays to have a well established perennial garden. I did not spend a cent to redo this area.
It was a lot of work! I am happy to have finished this much today. Rain is predicted tonight and that will be perfect as I was too pooped after all the heavy digging and lifting to drag the hose out. I will probably use a pine needle mulch in this area. I am not a fan of mulch in my other gardens because I move things too frequently. But since I don't plan to plant anything else here, the mulch will work to hold in moisture for these water lovers. Since the pine trees in this area will be dropping pine needles anyway, that will be the perfect mulch.
5:45pm update: DH has already put it all back together. I went around the deck and grabbed a few containers to stick in:
Now that was much easier than I expected it to be!
I am so glad you stopped by to visit my garden. I garden in lower northern Michigan (zone 5) in far less than ideal conditions. I have too many pine trees, too much shade, too many rocks, herds of hosta-munching deer and rabbits who think my lilly buds are gourmet appetizers. I am by no means an expert in horticulture or garden design--just an amateur with a shovel and a passion. My garden changes daily during the summer and I will be updating frequently.
During the winter months, I blog about my favorite cold-weather hobby--quilting and just my everyday musings.
I hope you enjoy your visit, and that you will come back soon.