I began this past week with some tree removal. I had two Photinias removed and one Yaupon that was misshapen, and a big limb off an oak tree that was hanging over the utility lines. This opened up some space to put in more attractive and healthier trees and shrubs, as well as some perennials.
At the end of the week, on friday and saturday I spent 20 hours on those two days completing some incomplete projects and getting ready for fall planting season.I had hired help to dig and do the muscle work, thank goodness.
- I planted a large Loquat tree (I’m so thrilled with it)
- Moved about 30 Lariope plants from the dirt area below in the lawn, to create a new bed that will be perfect for daylillies (suggestions for good ones in Austin, anyone?)
- Gathered up limestone scattered throughout the yard and made a “mowing edge” and defined the bed in front of the Lariope, and weeded that new bed area.
- I moved a Bicolor Iris that was planted incorrectly
- Planted 4 Tangerine Beauty Crossvines at the new latticework
- Glued PVC pipe together that was leaking on the pond filter (oops, update, that one needs more work)
- Removed some deck boards and hid the pond pump electrical line under it
- Flattened a corner of the yard to create an area for the Succulent Garden and mulched it
- Purchased new succulents and potted all of them; this one is an Aloe that is beige with white spots! And a fuzzy Aeonium.
This is a Sempervivum (again, I think. Naming succulents is Hard since even the sellers don’t know the names when you buy it)
- Planted a large Sword Fern by the waterfall (gorgeous- pics later)
- Added four more 4×8 lattice to finish creating my privacy fence (need more vines)
- Hand fertilized both front and back Gardens with Seaweed
- Weeded the front bed
- Repotted several other plants that were not happy with their current containers
- Drilled a large hole in the bottom of a new ceramic pitcher that I’m turning into a flower pot (I’m so proud of myself!)
- Planted a Queen’s Tears that was a giveaway from a talk at Zilker Gardens I attended
- Sweated bullets the entire time!
By this time, even my supervisor was all worn out!
I’ve got about two more days worth of work left on hardscape stuff, but it will be a few weeks before I can get to that. Then all that’s left (hah!) is to plant things in the new beds once I figure out the vision for each area.
Oh wait, did I say that’s all that’s left? I meant in the BACK Garden…I want a new sun bed in the Front Yard next…