Thursday, May 6, 2010

Landscaping Finished!

Well it took about a month and half for the major work and another 2 weeks for the lawn and other plantings - but my parent's new yard is all done! Pretty much - there will always be more tweaking to do....mwuahahahaha... I realize I don't have an overall pic yet to compare with the last picture taken before work started, but I'll get one this weekend.

First the new flower beds (that aren't roses that is):


You might recognize these two from a previous entry. I am so pleased with how well the sunflowers, statice and calendulas are doing! I even squeezed some zinnias in at a later date. Dad complained they would all die or look terrible because they were too closely planted. Jaja Da :) I do agree that I put the statice too close together but since they're annuals I can fix that later. That's another thing I realized a couple days after planting - this entire bed is annuals. Oops. Well, that actually works out since I started some butterfly guara from seed and that will need to go somewhere eventually :)

The bed with the blue butterfly runt is doing very well also. You can see that it is happily recovering from my almost killing it by fact I had to prune some of the new shoots so it doesn't grow too densely. Dad's old shasta's are in there and about ready to bloom, the Sea Shell cosmos are already there (and mom really likes). The cupids darts seem to be doing fine, they should bloom next year.  


I had a lot of help from John on this bed, he helped me to till and amend the soil and to sort out a bunch of clay clods. This time I tried letting the tilled soil sit for a week before planting so the fertilizer and stuff could settle. I don't think that really helped though :/ This bed has had a had a lot of trouble so far and mostly my fault I think. The top pic is when I figuring out where things should go and the second is about a month or so later. There were originally larkspurs, delphiniums, Isaac House scabiosas, white candytufts and bluebells. Later I tucked in some zinnias and catnip to replace some cancytufts and a bluebell that didn't make it. The scabiosa and candytufts had a real hard time in here, transplanted too soon or getting too much sun.

And the last one. In the rear right are hollyhocks; a couple of Carnival ones that I started last year and hope to see lots of blooms out of this summer, and a couple of Indian Summer that can mature next year. Most of the rest of dad's shasta's (keeping a backup in a container for that accidental annual bed), a celosia (there were 3 but two of them didn't make is *sigh* I replaced them with Bright Lights cosmos) and lots of ranunculus along the front. You can just see in the corners in front of the bed where I was able to clear out a space for my foliage leaves (that's what I'm calling them - lost the name tags for them and can't figure out what the heezy they are). The above pic is about a week after planting.

The flowers tucked between the planters and the fence are doing okay. The longer stretch has portulaca, ranunculus and calendulas. The ports are pretty insignificant so far but I have high hopes for them. The calendulas are really making up for them for now! My sister's abandoned geraniums are doing nicely in another area.


My dad decided after all the planters had been set in place that the front portion of the driveway should be replaced because of a couple of long cracks in it. When he told my mom she said if he was doing the front he should do the back because there were even more cracks and portions had settled to drain towards the house (nevermind I told him that last year and he shrugged me off). So that added another week of loud noise and inconvenience...but was worth it. After that was done my dad asked me to use the 20 cans of leftover paint from the last 10 years or so and do the fence. Then he said "you paint one board one color and the next another and another" - this is something very out of character for my dad (I checked him fo alien implants). It is the kind of wonderful idea they normally tell me I'm crazy for. It was great fun! John helped me out with the painting also. You can also see my container garden has been relocated from the grassy sideyard to the backyard...I have new big plans for it >:) 

And just this past weekend it was pretty much wrapped up with a little retaining border around the avocado tree to hold the deep watering in and finding a spot for the big blue butterfly bush which has also recovered. It's doing well with creeping jenny and purple allysum.

I am momentarily bummed, there was an awesome shot of the lawn a couple of days after they rolled it in and now I can't find it to show you! Oh well. Lastly, the Felis silvestris "White Panther" approves:

now if it would just stop "fertilizing" the roses...


  1. Looks great!!! I love the multi-colored fence. Very fun/happy!

  2. Looks great!!! I love the multi-colored fence. Very fun/happy!


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