Landscaping Begins!

Posted: June 20, 2010 in Ramblings
For about six months (ever since we learned of the city’s plan to chop up our backyard and put the walls, etc., in) we have been planning to hire a landscape company to fill in the planting beds afterwards.  Mainly this is because our soil is hard, clayey, and full of rocks, very difficult for us to dig by hand.  However, after consulting with our firm last week and learning that $15,000 was the planned estimate (ow, ow, ow), we decided to do it ourselves. 
We had previously pulled all our satisfactory plants from the rose garden before construction began, and had temporarily planted them in a mulch/soil bed on the north side of the house.  So, starting with those, and working from there, we figured out what to do with these.  Yesterday we transplanted these.
Here is a pic of the back.  Right now it contains (L-R) ceanothus, euonymus ‘burning bush,’ a ‘Duchesse de Brabant’ rose, another euonymus, a holly tree, another euonymus, and the ‘Marmalade Skies’ rose that Granddad had chosen at the nursery several years ago.  I really don’t know how Marmalade Skies is one that we ended up saving!  We saved ‘Duchesse de Brabant’ because she’s disease-resistant, but nobody has any memory of Marmalade Skies being particularly disease-resistant.  Ah well, it should be OK.

Our next project is moving the big rocks that we salvaged from the old garden.  These are called by landscapers "Three-man rocks" because it takes three men to lift them.  We obviously don’t have three men; probably between us, Alex and I have the strength of one man!  I am going to find out whether the landscapers can place these for us.
We have to dig up the neighbor fence area for our next bit of planting.  This will take some doing; we’d considered renting a tiller or trencher, but Chris feels that he would rather dig it all up by hand than do that.  I’m not so sure.  I also am going to ask the landscapers how much it would cost just to have them dig it up.
Lastly, we want to put a lavender bed across the back wall of the house.  There are some lavender plants there already, but not all the way across.  We ordered a raised bed kit that will be allegedly easy to assemble and will allow us to put small lavender plants into its soil.  The plant roots can eventually go down into the regular soil.  So that will be centered under the big window and a few of our unused nice plant containers will go next to it, perhaps with Russian Sage in them.
If the planting bed really is easy and looks good, we may just do the same thing along the neighbor fence.
Stay tuned for more!

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