Remember I said that I had ideas for the garden? I'm pleased to say that they are done. It is extremely helpful to have a husband who has access to any kind of materials you might want. Even if he is a little skeptical. The smoke from the West Coast wildfires arrived yesterday, adding a little panic to getting this project finished.
So, where do I begin? The IVY.
We have mostly eradicated the ivy. I still see little signs here and there but it's where I don't care if it grows again. Unfortunately, we had to use the weed killer that is bad for humans and the environment. Nothing else was having any effect on the ivy, other than annoyance.
Then I had to remove the dead ivy, which was super fun. *shaking my head* The reason the ivy was allowed to grow in that area was that it covered a not easily accessible, steep part of the hill. So even with my newly built stairs and rock cascade to balance on, it was a challenge. For the part on the right side, I climbed up the hill, sat on my bum, then slid on said bum to the bottom of the hill when I was finished.
|Ivy taking over everything|
|Dead ivy and bonus Lucy|
Now, I had four pots of perennial plants that were along the house. It was a struggle to get anything to grow there because the heat would reflect off of the house onto the plants. And, if we're being honest: watering plants isn't high on my list. Also, Kevin didn't like them there because it felt like clutter to him. (he's cute, that's why I keep him around)
Two of these plants were lavender. I have a big lavender bush in the rock garden that makes the bees very content. Kevin remarked on them and it clicked in my head that I should plant them instead of having them in pots. But I'm out of space in the garden. Like, seriously, out of space. The other two plants were supposed to cascade out of their pots but never really achieved that goal.
My original plan was to plant what GiGi suggested but then the End Times came and I didn't want to go to the nursery. So, I decided to use what I had. A novel idea, I know. With the theory that in proper homes, these plants will now cascade down.The bank is clay so anything I plant has to be hardy. I know these plants have survived my neglect so we should be good. Also, this is where Kevin comes in: he brought topsoil and compost to help facilitate the success of anything planted. The bank is also held up/in by ferns. Sadly, it's the time of year that the ferns are beginning to die but they are staying. When they're healthy, they're beautiful. I also uncovered a hydrangea that I had transplanted and forgotten about. Now that it's uncovered from the ivy, it will grow next season, theoretically.
|Excuse the dying ferns and dead leaves. Fall arrived unexpectedly|
|First photo was beginning of smoke, other two are in the midst of it.|
|Panorama made the deck rail look wonky|
|View from the deck, featuring our current smoke monster |