This entryway bed was pretty much just like this, but with dark lava rock that was getting shabby looking. I dug up the lava rock and screened it since there was a good 3 inches of sand underneath-score!This bed is about 6 feet wide under the octagonal window and about 12 feet long. It was a dead space where I had the bicycle planter. We plan on painting the house a darker, warmer color and both like the look of "Mexican" beach pebbles. It gets 6 hours direct sunlight in the beginning of the day. I plan to lay down some square concrete pavers and fill in the rest with the pebbles. On top of that will go a concrete block planter with various drought tolerant sun loving plants. The little hardy agave will go in there with hens and chicks and some annuals for yearly change.
New soil and compost were turned into the bed with amendments. Peas go in tomorrow and the irrigation will get put back in.
Kyle did an expert job pruning the clematis plants and they are thriving.
The Forsythia is in full bloom. I'm not a big fan of yellow flowers, I'm not sure why, but the forsythias the harbinger of spring in the inland northwest,so I do love the plant this time of year.
This is the completed rhododendron bed.I added the creeping plant that was very happy near this site to soften the stone wall. We got drip irrigation running to the bed to keep them happy. Our soil is alkaline here, so the bed needed to be raised and was fortified with pine needles and rhodi fertilizer.
More yellow flowers. Who can't love daffodils? I actually had to tune down the yellowness of the photo because it was too intense.
Lastly, I picked up a hardy agave from one of the local nurseries a few days ago. I've been so envious of several garden bloggers having these. These little guys are hanging out on my desk until I build our new concrete block planter wall next to our front door. I'll post progress soon. Our theme is going to be Voodoo garden, so spiky plants are in order.
I have committed the same crime every gardener in history has probably done. I chose a plant and put it in a place where it doesn't belong. I fell in love with a rhododendron from the local farm and barn store. I bought two at $35 a piece, that is very spendy for me. I like to grow my own plants from seed., or get them on sale. We planted the lovely Percy Wiseman rhodys in front of our living groom windows, facing south. in Boise. That equates to planting them in the middle of the Gobi Dessert. What was I thinking? We shaded them last summer and they lived. Rohdys need acidic soil- we have alkaline soils. So I dutifully built raised beds and put a bunch of pine mulch as well. That is probably why I didn't kill them outright. This weekend we put them under our pine tree out back. We built a new raised bed of what I like to call "the devil's puzzle pieces" Horrible stuff to used in a smaller curved bed. We spent two days figuring out how to place them. Just before sunset, we got them moved to their new home. I hope they do well.
Here they are in their original location.
There was a really badly built raised bed that we dug up. we used those blocks and bought more for the new bed.
Here is the new bed with the rhododendrons planted near our pine tree. They are now about 1 and 1/2 feet tall and will grow to be about 3 feet tall and four feet wide each.
This is the last of my photos from the show the other night. I'm a bit slow when going through photos. I took about 400 of them. This number was based on the Classic "I Love Lucy" candy factory scene. That has to be one of my all time favorite Lucy numbers. Here it is with a wonderful Red Light twist.
I had the wonderful opportunity last night to bring my camera and a couple lenses to the Red light Variety Show. My friends Emily and Suzanne introduced me to them several years ago. They do a great professional proper burlesque show and I've enjoyed each one I've attended. Last night I moonlight as photographer for them and I think I got a few O.K. Shots. I had a wonderful night.
I'm always impressed with their showmanship and plain old hard work.
After over 7 years service the people of Ada County by caring for their dead, I have decided to open the archaeology business back up. It was time to move on, and I just couldn't picture that being "it", just retiring there. I am an adventurer at heart and I think adding successful business woman to my titles, would suit me fine. Here's to a scary, but exciting new life, away from all that death.
No more on call 24/7, no more horrifying scenes, no more grieving families. Wow, what will I do with myself:)