A Few Small Before & Afters
It never fails. Every autumn when the rains arrive, The Great Garden Rearrange takes place. As summer winds down I assess the overall look of the gardens, how plants are performing and which ones need a little help. Often times moving a plant solves many issues. Why move a perfectly good plant, you ask? Often, it outgrows its original location, looks poor where placed or is just not happy where it is. For these reasons and more I do a lot of rearranging, and, as autumn is gentler on the plants (cooler and wetter generally speaking), I try to wait until now. While not glamorous before and afters, it's these subtle little changes that when taken as a whole, make me a lot happier and make the garden more cohesive.
Plant Lust at our blogger's swap last May. It was large to begin with and I really had my doubts whether or not it would make it. I kept watering it faithfully, hoping those roots would establish themselves in my garden.
The Practical Plant Geek gave me a couple dozen Carex comans 'Frosty Curls' seedlings from his garden to get this area off to a greener start.
The other grasses on the bed centered in this photo are Festuca rubra 'Patrick's Point' from Xera Plants and Muhelbergia rigens or deer grass. I am keeping each bed simple with just one or two species to give a restful place for the eye to settle among so much garden chaos.
A lot goes on from day to day here that goes unrecorded, and that's ok. Some little things do manage to reach my camera, however, and I think it only right that I share those little maintenance moments as well as the glamour shots. I love this time of year for the ability to tweak the garden in anticipation of how much better it is going to be next year. We are an optimistic bunch, us gardeners, aren't we? Ever adjusting, planting, rearranging, replanting, ripping out and replacing all for the day it will be "just right". I hope that day never comes.
That's it for this week at Chickadee Gardens. As always, thank you so much for reading and commenting! We love hearing from you all. Happy gardening and rearranging!