Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Landscaping, plants, more plants and hardscapping!!

Can't go and call the place St Luke's Garden with out a garden right? 

I have been planting so much stuff this fall that I can't even remember what is where! The first picture shows the privacy garden that goes around the rear property line by the parsonage. Here it shows crape myrtle and daylilly. Since then, I have added daffodils, irises, shasta daisy, peony, amaryllis and sure I am missing some! The second photo shows a line of dinner plate hibiscus.

This shows the entrance to the new vegetable garden. These are also from the salvage job, we saved a really old grape vine and the trellis from there. Since this photo, I have dug up the area around it to continue the privacy garden. In that area I planted, Irises, peony, tulips, daffodils, crocus, carnation, catnip, asters, lilacs and a few I am forgetting!

That salvage job netted us a mound of Irises, grape vine, rose, hostas, lilac, rose of sharon. I have been randomly planting those around the entire property. I have also planted more spring bulbs, perennials, shrubs and all sorts! I am really striving to get rid of 95% of the grass/weeds and just have tons of color. It is hard though, as we still need so much work to the structures that I don't want the plant life to get damaged. 

Before the leaves started to fall, we also got to work on the recycled concrete landing before you will step up onto the wood porch. Plans are to get it all filled in with broken concrete and then find a nice ground cover to blend it all in. The top part landing will also be broken concrete. Thinking of carrying this design all the way over to the church. The thought is to get something solid enough that one could push a wheel chair around with easy but not such a hardscape like solid concrete. 

Right before the snow, I also managed to get the blackberry canes that I pruned down moved over and will hopefully get me a good little crop. I also relocated a black raspberry bush that a bird planted for us by one of the trees. Plans are to train these up on some sort of support to give a good harvest, of course bird netting will be need I am sure! 

 We also did some ditch burning, which I may have enjoyed a bit to much lol I have given up on getting the city to clean out the ditches. I figured the fast way would be to burn all the build up of everything.

You might have caught a glimpse of these asters in some previous photos. These are also on the bucket list, to divided! We brought them from Arizona and the absolutely went nuts! They also provided a ton of food for insects, I plan to divide them and get them all over the property. Great for late season color and need no maintenance.

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